03 August 2014 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Get your adrenalin rush in South Africa

If adrenalin and adventure are your idea of fun, then South Africa is the place to go – there a number of options to get your heart pumping.

Enjoying a Karkloof Canopy Tour in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

There are many fantastic photos shared on our  Love South Africa Flickr group, as well as some fantastic photos shared on Instagram. Here are a few photos and a video of tourists enjoying some of South Africa's adventure tourism offerings.

If you're a horse-lover, experiencing South Africa on horseback is a must. Activities on horseback include exploring Noordhoek beach (pictured below), meandering through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, enjoying a wine tour, and smelling and seeing the magnificent Namaqualand region – this is especially wonderful during spring when the flowers are in bloom.

On horseback, Noordhoek beach, Western Cape. Image courtesy of Randall Langenhoven, aka WITHIN the FRAME Photography

Canopy tours, or zip-lining, are also a great way to experience fresh air, natural scenery, and to get your adrenalin kick. A canopy tour involves sliding from one high-level forest platform to another along steel cables, suspended up to 30m above the forest floor. The first canopy tour to be developed in South Africa was in the Tsitsikamma region, but there are others in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Enjoying the view from the Big Tree, Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape. Image courtesy of David Wiles And Drew Bristow's Photo's, aka Explore Trees

If the heights of canopy tours are a little too tame for you, then paragliding may be the adventure activity for you. Paragliding is a great way to experience South Africa's beautiful scenery. Most of our provinces offer this activity, and the Karoo heartland is said to be great for long-distance paragliding.

Paragliding near Signal Hill, Cape Town, Western Cape. Image courtesy of Corrie McDuling, aka corriecrphoto

Caving is not for you if you are claustrophobic. Caving sites to look out for include Peers Cave, just outside Cape Town, the Kalk Bay Caves and Tartarus Cave. The Elgin Valley in the Cape Overberg region is characterised by majestic scenery and also offers caving opportunities.

The photos above and below are perfect examples of just how adventurous exploring the caves of South Africa can be. The caption for the photo below describes adventure caving perfectly: 'Me, flat on my stomach sliding through "the post box."'

For adrenalin-pumping water activities, try surfing at one of South Africa's fantastic beaches – Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is world-famous for its Supertubes, while KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town also offer great surfing opportunities.

Surfing the J-Bay Supertubes. Image courtesy of Tobias Nawrath Photography

If white-water rafting is on your bucket list, as it was for the photographer of the photo below, then the Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape all have some fantastic choices. The photo below was taken in Clarens in the Free State.

White-water rafting in Clarens, Free State. Image courtesy of Lost the plot 2

Kitesurfing is also available at many South African beaches.

Kitesurfing in Big Bay, Western Cape. Image courtesy of Andrew Ashton, aka jacashgone

And if any of the activities we've mentioned thus far are too tame for the adrenalin junkie in you, then test your resolve by bungee jumping the Orlando Towers in Soweto, Gauteng, where you can jump between two decommissioned cooling towers; or the famous Bloukrans bungee along the Garden Route  – at 216m high it is the highest commercial bridge bungee in the world.

We love this Instagram video of a jumper's experience at Bloukrans:

So grab your training shoes and a wetsuit and come to South Africa to get your adrenalin pumping. Then share your photos with our Love South Africa Flickr group; we would love to see them.

Related articles

Category: Adventure

comments powered by Disqus