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SSouth Africa is an endless outdoor playground. From skydiving to walking safaris, hot air ballooning to windsurfing, treetop zip lining to river rafting – there’s no shortage of raw adventures and adrenaline-pumping moments.

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White water rafting

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White water rafting

If you’ve never been white water rafting before, South Africa is the perfect place to give it a shot. A white water rafting expedition involves a mix of navigating through rapids at high speed and enjoying the scenery along the calmer sections of water in-between, and there are white water experiences for all levels.

Breathtaking scenery

An aerial view of the Garden Route

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An aerial view of the Garden Route

The Garden Route and its spectacular coastline can be seen from small aircraft, helicopter or hot-air balloon. It can also be explored by foot in the Garden Route National Park.

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Dolphin Coast’s waving sugar cane fields and stunning ocean vistas

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Dolphin Coast’s waving sugar cane fields and stunning ocean vistas

The Dolphin Coast is renowned for its beaches, warm water and subtropical climate and offers visitors not only water-related attractions and excursions but also golfing game viewing and hiking. There are cultural history sites, most notably Shakaskraal.

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Scenic hiking in Mpumalanga

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Scenic hiking in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga offers a variety of hiking trails to suit all levels of fitness and duration from a half-day trail to 5-day hikes. Blyde River Canyon offers some of the best hiking in the country.

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Rovos Rail

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Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail is a train company that offers passengers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Exploring South Africa by railroad doesn’t get fancier than this. Cross stunning expanses of countryside while sipping on champagne. Relax into a serene routine and channel Agatha Christie in the lap of luxury.

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KwaZulu-Natal attractions

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KwaZulu-Natal attractions

KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu kingdom, is a coastal province known for its mild climate, beaches, mountains and big game savannah. Home to two World Heritage Sites, its capital, Durban is a harbour city popular with surfers.

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Mapungubwe National Park - A golden kingdom among glowing rocks

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Mapungubwe National Park - A golden kingdom among glowing rocks

The Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is a must-see for travellers interested in wildlife and birds, as well as archaeology. Mapungubwe Hill was home to one of southern Africa’s first kingdom’s 1 000 years ago.

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Surfing competitions in South Africa

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Surfing competitions in South Africa

South Africa hosts some of the world’s most festive surfing competitions, which attract some of the biggest names in the sport every year. More than 3 000km of coastline, beach breaks, reef breaks – and perfect weather conditions – make South Africa the perfect destination for surfers.

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Shark Alley: get up close and personal on a marine safari

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Shark Alley: get up close and personal on a marine safari

Get in the water with great white sharks, or laze on the beach watching the whales – Shark Alley near Gansbaai in Western Cape, South Africa offers all sorts of coastal adventures.

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Paragliding in South Africa

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Paragliding in South Africa

There are great paragliding locations, and adventure companies making the most of them, all over South Africa, whether you’re an experienced pilot or a beginner looking for a tandem thrill.

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Quad biking: four wheels to freedom

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Quad biking: four wheels to freedom

With its rugged terrain and wide-open spaces, South Africa offers the perfect platform for the popular adventure sport of quad biking, for those who want to enjoy the countryside close-up.

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Fishing in South Africa: easy to get hooked

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Fishing in South Africa: easy to get hooked

With its historical fishing culture, rich coastline and a variety of lakes, rivers and dams, South Africa offers visiting anglers plenty of fishing opportunities in all sorts of conditions.

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