7 Unique Things to Do in South Africa
Thought South Africa was just wildlife watching? Think again. It has plenty of quirky and thrilling activities that can be added onto a Flight Centre tailor-made South Africa holiday.
Abseil Table Mountain
Why just look at a landmark icon when you can abseil down it? With Abseil Africa’s Table Mountain challenge you can take a cable car or hike to the top, then leave your sanity at the summit and abseil all the way down. It’s a 112-metre drop with just you, a harness, and one incredible view.
Dive with great white sharks
Nothing prepares you for the moment when a great white shark comes barrelling towards you, teeth bared, and the only thing separating it from dinner (you) is a wire mesh. It is quite possibly the most terrifying, but equally thrilling, experience in South Africa.There are lots of ethical debates about cage diving so it’s important you choose your company wisely. Shark Cage Diving has strict conservation guidelines; they attract the sharks responsibly and operate in a remote part of the coast (thereby not actively attracting sharks to the public beaches).
Bathe in bio-phosphorescence
Kogel Bay is a hotspot for surfers and sunbathers who like a good-looking beach. With almost 1.2 miles of powdery sand and beautiful mountain views, the water even lights up on some nights with the glow of phosphorescence. The dark ocean is illuminated with clouds of sparkling blue light – an ethereal sight that’s utterly hypnotic. It’s a rare occurrence, but this is still a cool spot for a sandy sundowner.
Sunbathe with penguins
Hundreds of penguins flock to this bay at Boulders Beach, near Cape Town, and although you’re not allowed to approach or touch them, that doesn’t stop them from waddling all over your towel and trying to steal your snacks.
Scad dive in Soweto
What is Scad diving, you ask? Well, it’s a free-fall from a very high spot. The massive disused cooling towers in downtown Soweto aren’t exactly the most obvious location for this new adrenaline craze, but that’s all part of the fun. At Orlando Towers you can free-fall (in a harness) down into one of the towers.
Tour South Africa’s Big Things
In Calvinia (Northern Cape) an old water tank has been converted into a giant red postbox – and yes, you can send your postcards from it. Bathurst is also home to a 17-metre high pineapple and Rooiberg winery, in Breede River Valley, to Africa’s biggest chair. It’s nine metres high and is painted bright red.
Kloof through the canyons
Splashing through rivers, abseiling down waterfalls, zip lining across gorges… is there a better way to get around South Africa? Kloofing is the ultimate high-energy introduction to the country’s dramatic river canyons – and it’s seriously addictive. Head to Africanyon in Plettenberg Bay for the most thrilling four hours you’ll ever have in a river.
Experience the best of South Africa and incorporate these thrilling activities into your itinerary with Flight Centre’s tailor-made holidays to South Africa.
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