South Africa is a country, which is rich in wonderful scenery, world-class accommodation and restaurants and above all, life-changing activities.
And South Africa does outdoor adventures extremely well… Whether it’s sailing across the ocean, ziplining in the mountains or rich forests or enjoying wildlife safaris. There is something for every type of traveller to enjoy…
1. Self-drive through the West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park, located in South Africa’s Western Cape province, is arguably one of the country’s most beautiful national parks.
Rich in natural flora, fauna and scenery, it is a sightseeing adventure of note. None more so than when this special park transforms into a wondrous, natural flower show, as thousands of wildflowers bloom annually during early springtime (normally between August and September).
Year-round, there are also incredible lagoon beaches, a country-style restaurant, overnight cottages and picturesque picnic/barbeque areas to enjoy.
Contact info: (SAN Parks) +27 22 772-2144/5, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. City Sightseeing in Johannesburg
Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s most dynamic cities… And, with City Sightseeing Johannesburg and Soweto bus tours, you can enjoy seeing the best the City of Gold has to offer, from the comfort of an open-air, double-decker bus.
These hop-on, hop-off buses operate in Cape Town and Johannesburg – but, for a unique cultural and historical tour, start in Joburg.
Tour highlights include iconic locations, like Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum and travellers have the freedom to hop on/off at 16 different bus stops.
Contact info: +27 021 511 6000, email@example.com
3. Guided safari in the Kruger National Park
As one of SA’s most famous, well-loved national parks, Kruger Park is a most bucketlist-worthy place.
Home to the majestic Big Five (elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard) and many other animals, the Kruger is a special place. It offers great accommodation, dining facilities and incredible wildlife experiences.
People travel from across the world to experience, even briefly, a bit of this Mpumalanga magic: because this is Africa at its best.
For your first visit, head on a guided safari; you stand the best chance of spotting game and it’s safest!
There are many tour operators and guided safari options for the Kruger, so try find one, which caters to your personal needs and pocket.
Contact info: (Kruger National Park Admin Office) +27 013 735 4000
4. Vineyard segway tour at Spier Wine Farm
Spier Wine Farm is one of the Western Cape’s most prolific and popular wine estates. This family-friendly Stellenbosch estate offers restaurants, accommodation, events, picnics, wine tasting, eagle encounters and segway tours, which even take you through the beautiful vineyards.
With the two-wheeled, self-balancing segways, you can explore the wine farm, heading through vineyards and past the River Garden and water-recycling plant… This is good Cape fun at its best.
There are a few segway tours to choose from, including a memorable sunset tour.
Contact info: +27 021 809 1157 firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Food foraging with Veld and Sea
Led by Roushanna Grey, Veld and Sea tours offer travellers the chance to experience the thrill of food foraging in the wild. Thereafter, they can learn how to prepare the food, just freshly sourced from the earth.
Options include coastal- and fynbos-foraging (local flora) and flower workshops for public or private groups and celebrations.
During the outing – while experiencing the Western Cape’s invigorating outdoors – you will learn what is/isn’t poisonous, how to responsibly forage for foods and best of all, how to prepare your bountiful finds thereafter… This is a truly wild food experience for locals and travellers to try.
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6. Boat Cruise on Sundays River
Sundays River – said to be the fastest flowing river in SA – is one of the Eastern Cape’s most beautiful rivers and a wonderful attraction for both locals and travellers.
The best way to experience this charming river is through a leisurely boat cruise. With birdwatching opportunities, sand dunes and other scenery to enjoy, this experience is ideal for both young and old.
Contact info: +27 071 185 6565, firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Hiking the famous Otter Trail
No SA trip is complete without a memorable hike – and perhaps the most iconic hike of all is the Otter Trail.
This phenomenal hiking trail takes 5 days and 4 nights to complete, so it’s definitely a long-term travel idea.
It allows you to soak up the beauty of the natural coastal landscape, where land and sea meet… Think: dramatic cliffs, stunning beaches and rustic overnight huts. This is one experience you won’t want to miss… it is truly life-changing.
It’s normally fully booked up months in advance, so confirm availability and book first, then plan your trip around your dates.
Note: As a safety precaution, age restrictions of 12-65 years apply.