When most people think of South Africa, they think of one of two things: safari adventures or the famous wines of Cape Town. Both great things, of course! But there’s far more to Africa’s southernmost country than just booze and Big 5 (Africa’s 5 most sought-after native animals) spotting. South Africa is an absolute must-visit for lovers of adventure and adrenaline.
Read on for South Africa’s most unforgettable adventure experiences:
Shark cage diving
Ready to come face-to-face with one of the world’s fiercest animals? The town of Gansbaai along South Africa’s Western Cape is infamous for its population of great white sharks and those courageous enough can get up close and personal with them with an unforgettable shark cage diving experience. As the brave-hearted are lowered into the sea, they are afforded thrilling underwater views of the majestic creatures.
Skydiving over Cape Town
For those who want to push themselves to extreme limits, skydiving over Cape Town is one for the bucket list. As adventure lovers free-fall through the open South African sky, they are rewarded with breathtaking views of the country’s lush scenery.
Kagga Kamma’s open-air rooms
Want to immerse yourself in the South African wilderness while still being insanely comfy? Kagga Kamma’s open air rooms offer a unique experience where guests can sleep under the stars and take in the sights and sounds of the serene Cederberg mountains. Does it get any more romantic than that?
Okay, so no South African trip would be complete without a safari. But for those looking for a mesmerising safari experience that goes beyond the Big Five, Camp Jabulani is the ultimate destination. Not only does the lodge offer game drives, hot air ballooning and outdoor spa pampering, it’s also home to 12 elephants who were rescued in 2002 from a commercial elephant-back safari farm in Zimbabwe. To create public awareness of the plight of these animals, guests of the lodge are able to meet the elephants as they learn of their incredible heartwarming story.
Hamilton’s tented camp
Guests of Hamiltons Tented Camp are transported back in time, as the lodge’s elevated tents emulate a traditional and historic African safari trip. Vintage features combined with modern comforts strike the perfect balance between old and new as guests enjoy personalised butler service, guided bushwalks and Big Five safari sightings.
Tsala treetop lodges
Channel your inner Jane or Tarzan by staying at the Tsala Treetop Lodges Nestled deep within the lush forest canopy of the Garden Route, the lodges provide a secret fantasy world for guests. The treetop suites showcase the enchanting surrounds and epitomise indulgence and luxury with private infinity pools and cosy fires.