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TTake a walk on the wild side with adventurous activities just a short drive from Joburg.
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys, is an advocate for short, simple micro-adventures. He believes that beyond the demands of the 9 to 5 lifestyle are a full 16 hours in which to have a mini-adventure, get out of town, swim in a river, camp in the wilderness and enjoy life.
Alastair believes that, “as the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, busy, and stuck in front of a screen, micro-adventures offer a realistic escape to wilderness, simplicity and the great outdoors, without the need to ski to the South Pole or go live in a cabin in Patagonia.”
If you can’t get away on a weeknight, why not spend a weekend a short way out of town, choose a micro-adventure and enjoy a thrill and a different pace of life.
KKloofing in the Magaliesberg
Kloofing or canyoning, as it is known in the rest of the world, involves a point of no return, usually there comes a moment where there’s no turning back and you have to trust your instincts and jump off a waterfall to the next level. Kloofing entails climbing, hiking, swimming and abseiling so you’ll really be challenging yourself.
Cost: R790 each for a full day of kloofing with Mountain Adventures in the Magaliesberg, minimum age 12 years.
Call: 082 652 1490 or go here to find out more.
Drive from Johannesburg: 45 minutes to an hour
HHot air ballooning
For those in search of a new perspective on life, a safe but adventurous hot air balloon ride with Bill Harrop’s original balloon safaris is the perfect way to end off a stressful year. Experience the Magalies river valley from a dizzying height or view game in the Waterberg.
Cost: from R1570 depending on the number of people booking.
Call: 011 705 3201
Drive from Johannesburg: an hour and a half to the clubhouse in Skeerpoort
Reach extreme speeds on the zip line at Sun City
This 2km long zipline will have you averaging speeds of 120km/h, sometimes reaching up to 160 km/h! The highest ever recorded speed was 185km/h and the zipline once held the record for being the fastest, highest and longest zipline in the world for 6 years.
Book your turn on the “Zip2000” for the thrill of a lifetime.
Cost: the activity costs R600 per person and departures to the zip slide are every two hours, every day except Mondays.
Call: 014 557 1544
Drive from Johannesburg: 2 and a half hours
Rhino tracking in Letsatsing Game Reserve
To aid in raising awareness against rhino poaching and promote rhino conservation, Letsatsing Game Reserve have a program whereby members of the public can track, approach and then observe the rhinos on foot
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about game conservation and the plight of rhinos while getting to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat. The total activity time is approximately 2.5 hours and there are departures twice daily: morning and afternoon.
Call: +27 (0) 14 552 5020.
Cost: R790 per person (you have to be at least 16 to participate.
Drive from Johannesburg: 2 and a half hours
Flyfishing at Millstream Farm, Dullstroom
Escape big city lights to the calm beauty of the countryside at Millstream Farm in Dullstroom. This little slice of heaven for avid trout fly fishermen is also lovely for walks among zebra, and reading a book with the glass of wine. Adventures come in all shapes and sizes.
Call: 013 253 9911/10
Cost: R50 per car for day visitors, enquire for price per cottage
Drive from Johannesburg: 2 hours 40 minutes via the N4 and N12.
Harties Horse Trails
First time riders will relish the experience of game viewing from the back of a four-legged friend. You can spot giraffe, zebra, nyala, impala, ostrich, blesbuck, kudu, blue wildebeest, springbuck all on horseback. Kids especially will love this mini adventure.
Cost: R250 per adult and R220 per child until the end of November.
Call: 082 333 4675
Drive from Johannesburg: 1 hour 15 minutes
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