Shark Cage Diving
Ready to push the limits and find out how brave you really are? Try to tame your heart as you meet the majestic great white shark just off the coast of Gansbaai. Take a day trip out on a boat with our experts guides and enter the cage just off the side of the boat. It is easy to enter and exit the water if you find you feel like you’re a bit too close to these powerful animals.
There is a variety of options when it comes to tandem and solo paragliding in South Africa. Glide from Lion’s Head or Signal Hill and be treated to an exhilarating experience and some of the most spectacular views of Cape Town. There are also paragliding adventures to be had up and down the Garden Route, close to George and Wilderness.
Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking and canoeing are easy and fun ways to get out on the water. There is a vast amount of kayaking options to choose from in South Africa. Take your study vessel and explore the ocean, rivers or dams. The Western Cape offers some excellent kayaking destinations. You’ll experience pristine scenery and might even spot some whales, dolphins and penguins on your expedition.
Visit the spectacular Boulders Beach to meet our quirky colony of African penguins. These charming creatures can be viewed in a small sanctuary to the left, but they also make an appearance on the beach to the right. These little guys are curious and friendly and likely to walk right up to you. In summer it is best to go exploring this area during the week to beat the crowds.
When it comes to wine, you are spoiled for choice in South Africa. With a tradition of winemaking of over 350 years it is a bit of a national obsession, and there are 17 official wine routes to choose from – each with many excellent wine estates to visit. Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Durbanville and Hermanus are the best loved wine routes in the Western Cape.
Cape Point is the most southwesterly tip of Africa, and this spectacular corner of the world is a breathtaking wonder, with indigenous fynbos – in fact it is one of the richest areas of flora in the world – and extraordinary scenery. The Cape Point Nature Reserve is home of an astounding variety of pelagic birds, as well as zebra, eland and small mammals. It is the perfect place for a picnic or a hike. And you can also see the Cape Point lighthouse that helps ships safely navigate these famously treacherous waters.
Hiking Table Mountain
This iconic mountain towering 1086 metres above Cape Town. The rugged terrain contains more plant species per square kilometre than a tropical jungle and there are trails that all over the mountain that are simply waiting to be explored. There are trails running up from Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden as well. And if you’re not really a hiker you can still experience the spectacular views the mountain has to offer by taking the cable car to the top.
A few species of whales come to visit the coast of South Africa each year to calf. Whales can be seen all the way from Simon’s Town to Hermanus and beyond. In Hermanus they can be viewed from the cliff path, and the town has a lively whale festival each year to celebrate the return of these gentle giants. To get up close and personal with them take an unforgettable boat trip out into the bay.
It is possible to visit several of the townships in South Africa on tours with expert guides. On one of these adventures you will meet the interesting people who live in these colourful spaces. There are also a vast amount of fun activities to be done when visiting these community centres. Taste the local cuisine, learn to make traditional paper, string together your own fabulous beaded creations or take a drumming lesson.
South Africa as a hide variety of safari options to choose from. There are luxury lodges with all the mod-cons and then there are more authentic cabins or even camping options. The choice of what kind of animal encounter experience you want is completely up to you. Some of the best game viewing lies to the northeast of the country, but there are also small game farms dotted around the Western Cape who specialise in day safaris. Wherever you choose to go, you are sure to see at least some of the following animals: lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles.
When you are visiting the Garden Route, make a turn at one of the ostrich farms in the area, to meet these majestic feathered animals. Learn about their breeding habits, see their humongous eggs and find out more about the trade in ostrich feathers. If you find yourself in the Oudtshoorn area, do yourself a favour and visit the Cango Caves to learn more about this geological wonder.
Helicopter Rides/Hot Air Ballooning
If you want an eagle’s view of all the spectacular scenery on offer in South Africa then there are a few places that a helicopter or hot air balloon ride can be organised. If flying is your thing, then there are also options for taking up microlights and a few flight schools where you can perfect your craft while seeing both the landscape and animals from the sky.