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South Africa is arguably the adventure capital of the world with distinctions such as the world's highest bridge bungee jump and the world's only crocodile cage-diving. Before you think we only have extreme adventures on offer, discover the bewildering range of mild to wild activities available.

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Legend Golf & Safari Resort is home to a unique Signature Course where each of the 18 holes has been designed by a world golfing legend. But even more remarkable is the Extreme 19th, only accessible by helicopter and played to an Africa-shaped green 400m below.

South Africa is known for its incredible weather and wide range of natural attractions, so it's only fitting that outdoor and adventure activities are extremely popular in our part of the world.

Whether you’re playing on a championship golf course, free diving with Tiger Sharks, abseiling off Lion’s Head or river-rafting down the Thukela – there’s an outdoor activity withyour name on it.

At South Africa’s southernmost tip Cape Agulhas – two oceans meet in a celebration of aquamarine seas, white beaches, dolphins, whales, turtles and endless moments of pleasure for those who are brave enough to take on the elements.

If you’re into hard-core adventures such as abseiling, paragliding, micro-lighting, kloofing and diving with predators – it’s all up for grabs.

|If you prefer the softer options such as horse-riding on the beach, hot air ballooning over the mountains or taking long walks in the forest then there’s something for you too.

Fishing, angling, surfing and water sports are also on offer and with thousands of kilometres of coastline, those who enjoy the water are spoilt for choice. Why not go scuba diving in Sodwana, deep-sea fishing in St Lucia, surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay or whale-spotting in Hermanus?

For those who love bird-watching, there are so many excellent places to get your fix, such as Nylsvley in Limpopo (a renowned RAMSAR site), Ndumo Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natalor of course, the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Cycling and running marathons are very popular in South Africa, with the country hosting annual international events in these sports, such as the Pick n Pay Argus Cycle Race, Comrades Marathon,the Absa Cape Epic Cycle Race and the Two Oceans Marathon.

Highlights of outdoor and adventure experiences in South Africa:
• Bloukrans Bungee jumping in the Eastern Cape
• Whale watching along the Overberg and Garden Route
• Dive with tiger sharks and raggies (Ragged Tooth Sharks)
at Aliwal Shoal along the Elephant Coast
• Abseil Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon
• Hike along the rugged Wild Coast
• Go horse-riding along Noordhoek Beach
• Enjoy a turtle safari in Kosi Bay
• Go hot-air ballooning over the Magaliesberg
• Cycle Long Tom’s Pass in Mpumalanga
• Climb an icy waterfall in the Drakensberg during the heart of winter

Travel tips & Planning info

Best time to visit

Because the east and western parts of South Africa have different climates, there is never a bad time of year to visit. If you prefer it dry, visit western parts like Cape Town between November and April and Eastern parts like Durban during the rest of the year.

Get around

Because of limited public transport in South Africa, it's often easiest to hire a car.

Length of stay

You need at least 2 weeks to get a good feel for adventure and outdoor experiences in South Africa.