There are very few countries in the world that can rival Southern Africa when it comes to outdoor adventure activities. Southern Africa has everything from endless desert plains to mountains, crashing waves and rushing rivers, wetlands and big five reserves, fynbos-covered hills and lush forests that beg to be explored.
Following are some of Southern Africa’s must do outdoor adventure activities in no particular order:
1. Trekking in Cape Town
There are many scenic routes to choose from in order to reach the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The oldest and the shortest way up is Platteklip Gorge. It is also one of the most popular. Skeleton Gorge is also considered the best when it comes to natural charm.
2. Mountain Climbing in Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape is a truly magnificent region that offers a wide range of mountain climbing hikes. When climbing, you will observe the lush valleys and magnificent famed waterfalls. Be careful of the hog that makes Eastern Cape famous.
3. Sandboarding in Mossel Bay
Dragon Dune in Mossel Bay South Africa is the world famous biggest and longest sandboard ride in South Africa. It provides the ultimate ride on sand.
4. Desert Trekking in Namibia
Desert trekking in Namibia doesn’t involve heights, but it is just as adventurous. Here, you can hike one of the world’s highest sand dunes. It is recommended that you camp in the mist of Sossusvlei if you are seeking an even more exciting experience.
5. Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai
Shark cage diving in Gansbaai is an outdoor adventure activity highly recommended for those adventurers who want to get up close and personal with the most feared apex predators on the planet. Gansbaai is approximately 2.5-hour drive from Cape Town and features one of the highest concentrations of Great Whites in the world.
6. Exploring the Cango Caves
These amazing caves are located at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. It is an approximately 20-minute drive from Oudshoorn, a town in Western Cape. This is one of the best outdoor adventure activities in Southern Africa. You will be crawling through small crevasses and climbing through narrow passages.
7. Rock Climbing in Mpumalanga
Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga is the best rock-climbing spot that offers excellent climbing on quartzite mesas. Waterval Boven has numerous paths on orange quartzite. With routes for every taste and level, this is the best sport climbing destination in Southern Africa.
8. Surfing at Durban, Dungeons, and Jeffery’s Bay
The scenic coastline of Southern Africa is a surfing paradise. It is a home to surf spots like Durban, Dungeons, and Jeffrey’s Bay. The renowned Supertubes is one of the world’s fastest waves at Jeffery’s Bay.
9. Riding Safaris (Camels, Elephants, Horses) in Botswana
Riding Safaris are available in a very few places across Southern Africa. Botswana is one of those places. It is known for a wide range of options it offers for riding safaris.
10. Hot-Air Balloon Trips in Magaliesberg, Oudtshoorn, and Sabie
The most famous spots for hot-air balloon trips are in Magaliesberg, Oudtshoorn, and Sabie. You can also find great hot-air balloon trips in Natal Midlands as well as in Drakensberg during the summer months.
11. Skiing in the Kingdom of Lesotho
Afriski Mountain Resort in the Kingdom of Lesotho is an all year mountain adventure destination with a multitude of winter and summer activities. Afriski is an outdoor adventure enthusiasts playground where you can learn how to ski and snow boarding.
12. Unforgettable Ziplining Adventure with Canopy Tours
Experience the closest thing to flying free when you join Canopy Tours South Africa for an unforgettable zip line adventure. Canopy Tours gives you an unforgettable adventure as you zipline from one platform to the next along a series of steel cables set amongst magnificent natural surroundings.
13. Bungee Jumping in Victoria Falls
With the Victoria Falls behind you and the river rushing below the Victoria Falls Bridge this is certainly no ordinary bungee jump. At 111 metres it is also one of the highest jumps in the world and the adrenaline rush is as wild as the river itself.
14. Abseiling in Swaziland
Abseiling is a thrilling adventure activity that is sure to spice up any trip. In Swaziland you can abseil at a variety of sites. Go vertical along the Holomi or Mantenga Waterfall or get up close and personal with Execution Rock.
15. Whitewater Rafting on the Zambezi River
Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls is widely considered to be the very best white water rafting destination in the world.