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After a decade of travelling on average ten countries a year, culminating in 14 countries last year and already clocking up six for this year... I still hold that Southern Africa is one of the world's best playgrounds! You should all be here playing!

4x4 Trails   |   Abseiling   |   Ballooning   |   Bridge Swinging   |   Bungee Jumping   |   Caving   |   Hiking   |   Kloofing   |   Quad Biking   |   Rock Climbing   |   Scuba Diving   |   Sea Kayaking   |   Shark Cage Diving   |   Sky Diving   |   White Water Rafting   |   Wilderness Trails - Kruger Park 
 

 
         
 

4x4 Trails

     
 
   

Kalahari 4x4 Trail: Upington, Northern Cape
The 200km long trail offers exhilarating dune driving and scenic views of the nature, wedged between Namibia and the Kalahari Gemsbok Park, with various antelope species and most of the raptors to be seen.
Wedged between Namibia and the Kalahari Gemsbok Park is the farm, Pulai. This is desert, the home of the Gemsbok, the dream of the hunter, the thrill of the 4x4 enthusiast. Stretching away to a shimmering horizon are great waves of red sand dunes, dotted here and there by camel thorn trees and sparse vegetation.
This is desert, the home of the Gemsbock, the dream of the hunter, the thrill of the 4x4 enthusiast Stretching away to .a shimmering horizon are great waves of red sand dunes, dotted here and there by camel thorn and sparse vegetation clinging to the side of the dunes. A good gravel road takes the traveller over undulating dunes, past huge salt pans to the farm Pulai the real Kalahari by 4x4 trail.
 

Khamkirri, Northern Cape:
Test your driving skills on our 4x4 trails, or sit back and enjoy the ride with a skilled guide. Come and experience the wide diversity of trails, from mountainous rocky areas to sandy dry river - a difficult area which is in the mountains.
Khamkirri 4x4 Trail: Rocky outcrops and numerous tricky ascents and descents while you keep your eyes peeled for Klipspringers (small agile antelope) and leopard. Traverse steep and challenging Kalahari red dunes and take in the seductive semi-desert vistas
Augrabies Falls National Park 4x4 trail: One of the most exclusive 4x4 trails in the country, this trail is managed by Khamkirri. It is challenging and also provides excellent photographic opportunities. En-route, you may well encounter giraffe and other game, as well as Black and Fish eagles. Enjoy the spectacular Northern Cape sunsets and the sea of stars above your head at night.
 

African Ivory Route: Burgersfort to Orpen
Difficulty and Experience Required:
Certain parts of the route require skilled driving, especially in the wet summer months, otherwise some areas are fairly easy 4x4 driving. Mafefe needs skilled 4x4 driving all year round.

The Trail:
The exceptional cultural richness and natural splendour of the Ivory Route provides ideal off-road travelling opportunities for the eco-adventurer. Manyeleti, "the place of the stars", is a prime ecotourism destination offering superior game viewing including the big five. Letaba Ranch forms an integral part of the Greater Kruger Conservation Area in the Valley of the Olifants. Here the visitor will awaken each morning to the booming baritones of the hippos that live along this scenic stretch of the Great Letaba. Makuya Park overlooks the spectacular Levubu Gorge and the Kruger National Park. At Mashakathini, high nyala and kudu populations wander around a rugged terrain of majestic baobabs. Vhembe lies at the confluence of the mighty Shashe and Limpopo Rivers and is the home of the mysterious Mapungubwe, a natural fortress and one of South Africa's foremost archeological sites. At Blouberg, an isolated mountain massif rising above the arid mopani plains of the north, mountain streams run through one of the largest forests of the southern African interior: a wonderworld of yellow woods overlooking vast, baobab-studded plains stretching away to the great Limpopo. At the Waterberg visitors will find the Mokolo Dam, a smaller cousin of Lake Kariba, and the Masebe Reserve.
 

Didibeng Mountain Park: Free State, Fouriesburg
Didibeng means "at the fountains". It is a 4x4 nature park situated in the Eastern Free State and is a beautiful, scenic area that provides the ideal place to breath fresh air and restore your spirit.
Didibeng Mountain Park is situated in Meiringskloof and has everything to offer nature lovers. Mountains, scenic viewpoints, bird life, indigenous vegetation, sandstone formations, hiking trails, ravines, mountain streams, exquisite night sky and spectacular sunsets can all be enjoyed.
 

Dinky's Dunes 4X4: Northern Cape, Pofadder
A lovely 4x4 experience in the Bushmanland for all sand lovers between rich red dunes interspersed with rocky outcrops rising above a sea of grassy plains.
Dinky's Dunes is situated 5 km from the N14 between Kakamas and Pofadder, 30 km from Pofadder in the heart of the Bushmanland.
Two guided trails of 20 km, wind around the dunes, mainly traversing the spines and offering panoramic views over the plains. During the winter rain season these plains are covered in colourful Namaqualand flowers.
The duration of each route varies between 2-5 hours, depending on the number of vehicles. Bookings for 2-12 bakkies at a time are welcome. The route caters for drivers of various levels of experience with interesting technical challenges.
 

 

 
 

Abseiling

     
 
   

Table Mountain Abseil
Step off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level, and rappel into pure vertical space. This is the world's original highest commercial abseil. You are surrounded by awesome views and the deep blue Atlantic at your feet.
 

Howick Falls, KZN
Come with us to the heart of thunder to a place where deep calls to deep...
Take the plunge. Dangle on a slender line beside the thundering waters and feel the reverberations in your soul. At 107 metres (357 feet) Over the Top's abseil beside South Africa's second highest waterfall, Howick Falls, is one of the tallest in the country. It is also the only abseil where you finish up in a Crocodile. That is not what you think... it is an inflatable two-man kayak made by African River Kraft. You can abseil side-by-side with your partner, child or friend to share the adrenalin and beauty as you descend!
 

Knysna
Whilst Knysna boasts of being one of the most scenic areas in South Africa, the view will more than likely be the last thing on your mind as you brave the cliff faces and make your steady descent to the ground below. Abseiling in Knysna provides the opportunity to make a breathtaking descent on a totally exposed cliff with the waves crashing into the rocks below - an experience for only the very brave, or the slightly crazy abseiling enthusiast.
 

Wild 5 Abseiling in the Oribi Gorge of KwaZulu Natal
Wild Abseiling is definitely for the more adventurous. It is presently the highest natural commercial abseil in the world at 110 meters. The first 45m is a cliff abseil where one traditionally abseils with their feet against the cliff while the remaining 65m is a free abseil allowing one to take in the beauty of the gorge from a different angle.
 

Bergwoning, Freestate
Some 16km from Clarens, situated in a tranquil valley, between the beautiful Maluti Mountains, you will find the tranquil and picturesque environment of Bergwoning.

 

 
 

Ballooning

     
 

A Balloon Safari: Something really different - something really special.

 
 
   

Magalies River
On the border of Gauteng and North West Province, near Hartebeesport Dam, 45 kilometers north-west of Johannesburg's Northern suburbs. It's sunrise. The silence of flight is punctuated only by the occasional blast of the powerful burners and the faint call of a bird or animal far beneath. The thrill is indescribable.
You're sipping fine champagne while hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range, just 45 km north of Johannesburg's northern suburbs, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory.
 

Paarl
Wineland Ballooning offers the unique and exclusive adventure of Hot-Air Balloon flights in the beautiful wine region around Paarl near Cape Town in South Africa.
Enjoy the wonderful feeling of floating through the sky as slow as a cloud and as free as a bird. Fly near the most southern tip of Africa and see Table Mountain in a distance. You will be thrilled by the blues of the silhouette of the Hottentot Holland Mountain Range and the endless rolling wheat fields glowing in the sun.
 

Oudtshoorn
Experience the unique sensation of Hot Air Ballooning in the Klein Karoo. Drifting on a gentle breeze, you will enjoy a sense of peace and tranquility; Enjoying the panoramic view of Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg Mountain range, which will stay with you forever...
Enjoyable by all. It requires no special effort other than rising a little earlier than usual. While you enjoy a cup of coffee - we prepare the Balloon for the flight. Shortly before sunrise, you will join the pilot in the basket for take-off. Your adventure begins when we gently float away in the crisp morning air!
 

 

 
 

Bridge Swinging

     
 
   

Graskop Mpumalanga
Experience the adrenaline of a 68metre freefall in under 3 seconds on one of the world's highest cable gorge swings or fly across the gorge on a 135m highwire "foefie slide", 130m above ground zero and witness the breathtaking Graskop Falls as never seen before.
To compliment this activity, "THE EDGE BAR", the multi deck on the opposite side of the gorge, allows you to sit back and enjoy a drink while watching the jumpers.
 

The Gourits River
You can think of this Mossel Bay bungee bridge swing as the biggest, baddest and funnest swing you will ever get to ride. The Gourits River is home to the Gourits River Bungee and Bungee Swing, two unbelievable, adrenalin fuelled bungee adventures. The Gourits Bungee and Bridge Swing is 65 meters high, a decent trill without being too tall an order. For this activity you will be secured to the bridge and swing from an opposite platform. When you choose the Bridge Swing, you can take a flying leap, dive, fall or simply jump off the platform. From there all you have to do is focus on how great it feels to be on one of the biggest swings that South Africa has to offer you, swinging through under the bridge and to the other side. Enjoy this experience alone or in tandem with your partner, best friend or child, but do not miss out.
 

 

 
 

Bungee Jumping

     
 
   

Bloukrans
Situated along the Garden Route at the Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market, just 40km east of Plettenberg Bay along the N2 Highway you will find the highest single span arch bridge in the world.
This is the ultimate thrill! This is the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. We secure you in a full body harness and proceed to walk along a specially designed catwalk (216m long), which is suspended beneath the road surface, which will then lead you to the top of the arch - 216 meters above the Bloukrans River. Here you will be given final instructions by highly experienced staff, a countdown and off you go! Bloukrans utilizes pendulum bungee technology ensuring you the smoothest, most comfortable bungee jump possible.
 

The Gourits River
About 35 kilometers to the west of Mossel Bay along the N2 national road is the historical Gourits River Bridge. This is where Bungy jumping began in South Africa. Gourits River Bridge is 65m high, and is the longest running bungee site in Africa.
The bridge swing and bungee have been suspended awaiting the outcome of an investigation to determine if the bridge structure will allow the continuation of such activities.
 

 

 
 

Caving

     
 
   

Cango Caves
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
 

Sudwala Caves
The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, and as such, are a `must-see' on the itinerary of any visitor to Mpumalanga. These incredible caverns lie in the Drakensberg escarpment which separates the Highveld from the lowlands of Mpumalanga. The caves are situated in Pre-cumbrian dolomite rocks of the Malmani Group, formed over a period of some 3000 million years, capturing in stone a time when the area was covered by warm shallow in-land seas. These are amongst the second oldest known sedimentary rocks on the earth, and represented in the cave are fossils of the first oxygen producing plants on the earth, Collenia.
 

Wild Caves
Wild Caves based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage area, offers a unique blend of great fun and ecological awareness that keeps visitors busy for hours.
From abseiling into a dark cavern, to caving to abseiling and hiking in the open air of the Magaliesburg - come away a little more wild at heart!
 

Peers Cave
Peers Cave is a low shelter looking east, wholly protected from the north-east winds. The shelter is under the buttresses of a small group of hills isolated from the main Kalk Bay range and looks out immediately above and opposite to the entrance of the Kalk Bay Pier. The front of the shelter is shielded by rock talus and bush growth making excavation difficult.
The frontal span is 110 feet and it is 38 feet deep. It is sheltered by a projecting roof at a height of about 20 feet from the floor and projecting from the front about 30 feet. The floor of the cave is today many feet above that of its original level. The fact that the cave is practically mid-way between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans means that the nearest relatives to the sea-shells now found in the shelter are about 3 and a half miles away.
 

 

 
 

Hiking

     
 

There's no better way to experience South Africa's wild places than with your boots on and your feet on the ground, one in front of the other, taking in the country's fantastically scenic hiking trails.

 
 
   

The Otter Trail
Undoubtedly the best known and most popular of the South African hiking trails, the Otter trail must rank alongside the best trails in the world. The trail follows the spectacular Eastern Cape coastline from Storms River Mouth to Natures Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
The trail is 42,5kms long and takes 4 1/2 days to complete. It follows the rugged, rocky shoreline ranging in elevation from sea level to a height of more than 150m. Most of the trail follows cliff tops returning to sea level to cross rivers.
 

The Amatola Hiking Trail
The Amatola Hiking Trail lies in the Eastern Cape Province. It starts close to King Williams Town and ends at Hogsback. The trail traverses some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery to be found in Southern Africa. What makes this trail very special is the abundance of waterfalls and mountain pools in which the hiker can cool off in and also the spectacular indigenous forests. The trail is just over 100Km long and takes 6 days to accomplish.
 

The Dolphin Trail
For those hikers who know the rigours of the Otter Trail, and for those who have never had the luck or the courage to hike it, why not take a well earned break and come and enjoy the unrivalled beauty and luxury of the Dolphin Trail? For two magical days you can now hike the magnificent Tsitsikamma Coast with no heavy backpack, and spend three nights in comfort at different accommodation venues!
This unique trail has been made possible by the formation of a partnership between the Tsitsikamma National Park and two private sector partners, namely Forest Ferns and Misty Mountain Reserve. The result is a hiking experience that will both challenge and pamper you. The trail covers a distance of 17 Km starting in the unrivalled beauty of the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, and winds its way eastwards through natural fynbos and pristine indigenous forest, over rugged rocks at the waters edge, to end on the banks of the Sandrift River at The Fernery.
 

The OysterCatcher Trail
The OYSTERCATCHER TRAIL is a guided, luxury and fully catered slack packing trail where your every comfort is looked after. You only have to carry a small day pack, the rest is supplied.
Your luggage is shuttled and the meals at night are something never to be forgotten. We cater for almost all dietary requirements when necessary, including Halaal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher, Lactose and wheat intolerant. Our meals are prepared by our local chefs in the traditional Cape style.
 

The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail should not be seen as an attempt to duplicate an existing trail such as the Otter but as a totally different trail experience with its combination of mountain and coastal walking, its diversity of fynbos together with beautiful rock pools and dunes to add other dimensions. The real possibility of seeing Whales as one walks along the trail is reason enough to recommend this trail.
The Whale Trail stretches 54Kms from Potberg to Koppie Alleen and has 5 overnight stops.
 

The Hoerikwaggo Trail
The Hoerikwaggo Trail is a spectacular four-night, five-day 97km trail from Cape Town to Cape Point, rivaling the legendary Inca Trail in Machu Picchu. Hikers can book three, day two-day, or one-night hikes as sections of the overall trail. The full +- 97km trail, which can be linked with four overnight stops.
The construction of this trail by hundreds of previously unemployed path-builders, and the change of land ownership from private to public, allows you to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors who traversed these "mountains in the sea".
 

Wild Coast
The Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay Hiking Trail goes through some of the most beautiful hiking landscape in South Africa. The trail hugs a stretch of coastline along the former Transkei homeland, and is unspoilt and barely touched by development. You will walk along rolling grassy hills dotted with colourful huts, idyllic beaches, estuaries flanked by thick coastal forest and cliffs with stunning sea views. Hikers sleep in hikers' huts and village accommodation. If you're hiking at the right time of the year, you will most likely see dolphins and whales.
 

Wolkberg Wilderness: Near Polokwane.
There are no facilities apart from a few indistinct tracks that dissect it. The hiker can choose his own route and number of days he spends in the area and pitches his/her tent anywhere they choose. Normally wilderness hiking is undertaken by experienced hikers equipped with tents and everything they may possibly need to cover any eventuality. Map reading skills are essential as is knowledge of First Aid.
 

 

 
 

Kloofing

     
 

Kloofing, or canyoning as it is called in most parts of the world other than South Africa, is the art (or possibly science) of following a mountain stream down its course by floating, jumping or swimming. By its very nature, kloofing takes place in a relatively high risk area, a river gorge, deep in the mountains so, although it's a whole load of fun, it can be dangerous - particularly as the whole point of kloofing, really, is to leap over waterfalls or cliffs into (hopefully deep) pools. And the best - or worst, depending on your point of view - part is that most kloofing or canyoning trips involve a point of no return.

 
 
   

Sabie River
Sabie River: Kloofing takes place in the upper part of the Sabie River, where the gradient is quite steep and the river is narrow, because of the steep sides of the gorge. Participants will be in the water all the time, swimming through the pools, exploring potholes and jumping off rocks and cliffs into the river. One of the highlights of the trip is an optional eight metre jump from a cliff into a deep pool next to a thundering waterfall.
 

Kamikaze Kanyon (Cape Town)
Looking for Adventure? This is the trip for you! Here you can try your hand at Kloofing, jumping from 3 metres and get progressively higher up to the awesome 23m Kamikaze jump. It might look a little crazy - it is!
 

Groothoek Kloof
Groothoek Kloof is situated in the rugged and majestic Hex River Mountains of the Western Cape. This magnificent and breathtaking canyon is accessed from the Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve and cuts a deep line through the ancient mountains snaking to an end just outside the town of De Doorns on the other side of the range.

 

 
 

Quad Biking

     
 
   

Sabie River, Mpumalanga
Quad Trails run through the most scenic Sabie River Valley, winding along the Sabana River, indigenous vegetation, hills and other streams. The tracks vary from technical to very easy, so we have something to offer the expert as well as the beginner!
 

Esenembi Valley
Nestled in the hills of Kwazulu Natal's North Coast, Just 15 kilometers inland from Ballito, is the breathtakingly scenic Esenembi Valley, home to one of South Africa's top10 quad biking venues, as rated by Suzuki.
River Quad Trails as the name suggests, takes riders along the banks of the Sampoya and Umhlali Rivers, winding through spectacular crossings, exploring terrain that is quad bikers paradise

The areas which paths lead to, present riders with magnificent cliff faces to ride along, into muddy areas, over log bridges, and narrow bush paths that go up rocky hill climbs.
 

Western Cape
Quad biking trails in this scenic region of Cape Town, South Africa is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and some of the best off road nature trails in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Enjoy a totally new, rejuvenating experience, a relaxation of a different kind!

The quad bike trails take you through some of the rarest plants on earth and the off road quad tours are perfectly designed for those with a sense of adventure and an appreciation for nature. Quad biking with Nature Discovery Tours will take you through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve situated in the Elgin Valley. A qualified field guide leads the quad biking tour group, offering interesting insights as you enjoy your off road quad bike trail through the most awesome scenery of this Western Cape region.
 

 

 
 

Rock Climbing

     
 

The cliffs are big, wild, often remote - and still being discovered. And it's a climate for being out in. South Africa offers some of the best, and most diverse, rock climbing in the world. Gear up, chalk up, and start cranking!

 
 
   

Table Mountain
Table Mountain, the 6th plant kingdom of the world, stands 1000 meters above the city of Cape Town, It's sun-baked sandstone walls offer immaculate traditional climbing, and long multi-pitch routes..... Rock climbing on Table Mountain is a very popular pastime. There are well-documented climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty up the many faces of the mountain. The main climbs are located on cliffs below the upper cable station. No bolting can be done here and only traditional climbing is allowed. Commercial groups also offer abseiling from the upper cable station.
 

The Cederberg Mountains
The Cederberg Mountains occupy approximately 130 000 hectares of rugged mountain terrain between the towns of Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Ceres in the Western Cape and a good proportion of this is protected by the 71 000 hectare proclaimed Cederberg Wilderness Area.
Escape for a week or week-end, the Cederburg offers fantastic climbing in a desert environment, an Oasis freshwater river to relax in, rustic bungalows or camping. The climbing is awesome, the landscape surreal, a natural paradise...
 

Clarens
Clarens, surrounded by multi coloured cliffs of sandstone, Clarens forms part of the scenic Highlands Route and is surrounded by mountainous splendour. The Rooiberge is the range encompassing the village, whilst further on towards the southeast, the mighty Malutis stand proud in shades of purple and blue.
Clarens is known as the "Jewel of the Free State", due to the area being rich in beauty and filled with an aura of peace and tranquility.
 

Waterval-Boven Mpumalanga
Waterval-Boven Mpumalanga is one of South Africas most treasured climbing areas. Like the idea of long, well protected sport climbs right next to a rumbling waterfall? Includes climbs for all skill levels and every type of enthusiast. Good option to start a road trip here, also close to game parks! Located in an expansive valley, Boven stretches for about 6 miles - routes are still being bolted every day. There are opportunity for hundreds more routes. Many famous climbs like Jabberwocky (33-SA ratings), Snapdragon (28) and Too early for the Sky (Climb based 100m above a cliff - 17) offer continual challenges amidst some beautiful South African scenery.
 

The Drakensberg
The Drakensberg (meaning "Dragon Mountain") is situated in the Eastern parts of South Africa running approximately 1000km northeast and forming the north-eastern border of South Africa and Lesotho. Known in Zulu as uKhahlamba ("Barrier of Spears") these are the highest mountains in South Africa with peaks reaching well over 3000m. The highest peaks in the range are Thabana Ntlenyana (3482m) in Lesotho and Mafadi (3450m) in South Africa. This giant mountain range separates the South African provinces of Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State. The Drakensberg is often referred to as simply "the Berg" by local mountaineers.

 

 
 

Scuba Diving

     
 
   

Aliwal Shoal
Aliwal Shoal is approximately 30 minutes drive from urban. Selected as one of the top ten dive sites of the world by the Diver Magazine, the Shoal is a definite.

During the months of June through to November, you are sure to see Ragged Tooth Sharks as they congregate on the shoal to Mate. It is not uncommon to find 15 to 150 of these ferocious looking but docile animals on a single dive. Depending on conditions the best dives are Cathedral the best dives are Cathedral, Raggie Cave, Shark Alley and a number of other spots.

Should you tire of sharks, you can always dive on any of the wreck or go hunting for the huge Brindle Bass! Other species (depending on season include Manta, Devil and other Rays, schools of pelagic fish, whales, dolphins and many, many more. Visibility varies from 5 to 40 meters, and the water temperature in summer is 24+ degrees and in winter not colder than 19 degrees celsius. The depths vary from 6 to 18 metre sites for the suitably qualified.
 

Sodwana Bay
It is widely accepted that Sodwana Bay is the Mecca if Driving in South Africa and is approximately 4 hours drive from Durban. The Bay is situated in a marine reserve that now forms part of the World Heritage classified Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, and makes for safe and relaxed diving.

You can expect to see an abundance of tropical fish, hard and soft coral, sponges, moray eels, large schools of pelagic fish, potato bass, turtles (hawsbill, loggerhead, green leatherback) and depending on the time of year, whales (southern right, humpback), whale sharks and dolphins.

Visibility is rarely less than 15 meters, and the water temperature in summer is 24+ degrees and in winter not colder than 19 degrees Celsius. The depths vary between 12 to 18 metres with 30 and 50 meter sites for the suitably qualified.
 

Protea Banks
Rated one of the world's best shark diving spots, situated approximately 1.5 hours drive from Durban. Diving at Protea Banks is an advanced dive and every diver should have done at least 20 dives. Protea Banks lies 8 kilometers offshore from Shelly Beach.

Here divers have the opportunity to see large school of pelagic fish, many rays the Spotted Eagle and Mata Rays, three species of Hammerheads, Bull sharks, Tiger sharks, Ragged Tooth Sharks Threshers, Coppers, Duskies, Sand Sharks and the occasional Great White in their natural environment. Depending on the season, one can see whales and dolphins.

Visibility varies from 5 to 40 meters, and the water temperature in summer is 24+ degrees and in winter not colder than 19 degrees Celsius. The depths vary between 30 to 40 and one must be an experienced diver for these often 4 knot mid-water drift dives. This is adventure diving at its best.

 

 
 

Sea Kayaking

     
 
   

Cape Town and environs
Cape Town has not been called the "fairest Cape in the circumference of the earth" without reason. It is indeed the Cape of Good Hope and the meeting place of two majestic oceans, the Indian and the vast Atlantic, making what could become the seaside and sea kayaking capital of the world! Now you can explore both sides of the Cape Peninsula in our safe, comfortable sit-on-top kayaks which require almost no balance or skill! It is the ideal craft for both the explorer who wishes to challenge the Point, and the casual who simply wishes to all but float out in a calm bay and see the mountain from another perspective You can even sit and paint or sketch in your kayak, or conduct a corporate meeting if you wish!
Cape Town has a prolific sea life and an endless coastline. In season the Southern Right and Humpback whales migrate round the Cape and Cape fur seals and African penguins are plentiful. Add to this the delicious Cape lobster, Perlemoen abalone , crystal clear water and endless bays and you have a seaside route fit for all sea lovers and sea kayakers.
 

Langebaan and West Coast
Approximately hundred kilometres from Cape Town lies Saldanha Bay and the Langebaan lagoon. Not only a traditional fishing port, it includes the West Coast National Park, a sanctuary for coastal birds. Langebaan is a resort town on the edge of the lagoon and is our base for kayaking in the area. Nearby is traditional Churchaven, Postberg and Kraal Bay, still inhabited by fisherfolk from another era. Further north lies the true West Coast, simple and barren yet appealing with its space and timelessness. In early spring it is transformed into a wonderland of flowers. Launch from any of the little inlets in the area and enjoy the many contrasts. Famous for its sea food and open style eateries, there are many surprises waiting for you in this austere but unspoilt stretch of coast.
 

Garden Route and Plettenberg Bay
Possibly one of the world's prime nature areas, with two hundred kilometres of indigenous forest, a relatively unspoilt coast and a network of lakes, estuaries and lagoons and superb, unexplored kayaking territory. Home of the exquisitely beautiful, but elusive Knysna loerie, a few elephant and a stretch of coast par excellence! Stretching beyond Mossel Bay, it may well be called Eden.

 

 
 

Shark Cage Diving

     
 
   

Gansbaai
The actual shark cage diving takes place out at Dyer Island which is situated off the coast from Gansbaai. The months of May through October are considered to be the best time for white shark diving, although Great White Sharks are seen throughout the year!

This is due to the 30 000 strong Cape Fur Seal colony that inhabit Dyer Island, which is the Great White Shark's primary source of nutrition. The Great White Shark is a surface feeder and thus all the activity takes place on or very close to the surface, due to this, the surface viewing from the boat is excellent.
 

False Bay
The launch is from False Bay which is ideally situated being close to Cape Town and the Boulders Penguin Colony. Shark Cage Diving trips happen all year round although weather decisions are at the discretion of the Skipper.
When you Shark Cage Dive you will be placed in a specially designed steel cage that floats right below the surface of the water. The experience of the dive is riveting as sharks are drawn to the cage with bait.
Shark diving tours are an exhilarating experience!

 

 
 

Sky Diving

     
 
   

Grahamstown
Located half way between East London and Port Elizabeth, the friendliest drop zone in South Africa. Experience the rush of Skydiving

Experience the thrill and excitement of a Tandem skydive in complete safety with our experienced Tandem instructors. Tandem Skydive from 10,000 feet. After only a short briefing you and your Instructor will take to the skies. You will climb in the aircraft to 10,000 feet and freefall for almost 35 seconds. You will have the sensation of being on your own. After the instructor opens the parachute, he/she will offer you guidance as you fly the parachute together. A tandem jump is a great way to experience the ecstasy of skydiving while under the close supervision of an experienced Instructor.
 

Witbank Skydiving Club, situated in the Mpumalanga province
What is it that makes these people want to jump out of perfectly good airplanes? Are they crazy? What is skydiving exactly and how can I get a taste of what it's like? You've come to the right place for answers to all your skydiving related questions.
The Tandem skydive is the easiest and fastest way to experience the thrill of skydiving. In a tandem jump you are attached to a tandem instructor via a special two person (tandem) harness. The tandem harness has an extra large parachute designed to carry the weight of two people. Tandem jumps require only a short (30 minute) instruction course before you board the plane and head up to make your skydive.
 

Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay is situated on the beautiful South Coast of South Africa, on the scenic garden route and half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. We are only 40 minutes from Oudtshoorn and 30 minutes from George. Our dropzone is based at the local airfield, less than 5km from the beach.
Learn to Skydive in the beautiful surroundings of the Cape Garden Route, on the South coast of South Africa. Undisputedly the best scenery of all drop zones in South Africa.

 

 
 

White Water Rafting

     
 
   

Near Graskop along the Panorama Route
The Blyde River cuts a deep canyon into the heart of the Drakensberg Mountains, forming the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment. Rafting trips on the Blyde River take boaters through the third-deepest canyon in the world, located between Graskop and Hoedspruit.
Level of Difficulty: Class IV / Intermediate
Not to be out-matched by the immensity of their surroundings, the rapids on the Blyde River rage with an enticing level of intensity. The canyon is narrow for the amount of water pushing through it, causing a series of rapids that drop quickly and steeply, with plenty of holes and whitewater to navigate through. The run starts out slowly, gradually building to bigger and bigger rapids before the river empties out into Blyde Dam.
 

Umkomaas River Rafting 95 km from Durban, South Africa
The Umkomaas River originates in Giant's Castle of the Drankensberg mountain range and follows a winding course down to the Indian Ocean. Whitewater rafting trips are available on the Mkomazi River (another spelling) in a valley that lies just 95 kilometers from Durban and 65 kilometers from Peitermaritzburg, in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Rafting operators often meet their guests in Richmond.
Level of Difficulty: Class III / Beginner
The Umkomaas River is a big-volume river, and has even been dubbed the most high-volume whitewater available south of the mighty Zambezi. The Class III rapids are a rollercoaster ride over huge waves, with very few rocks to slow the momentum. This river is not very technically challenging, but it is also not a mellow float. For beginners, the Mkomazi is an exhilarating introduction.
The scenery on this 24 kilometer stretch of the Umkomaas River varies between the plateaus and hillsides of the bush country, and tropical-esque wooded hillsides. For 13 kilometers, the river winds through the Duma Manzi Reserve, home to an incredible array of game species.
 

Molenaars River Rafting 70 km from Cape Town, South Africa
The Molenaars River runs alongside the N1 highway, just an hour's drive from Cape Town in South Africa's Western Cape. The put in for whitewater rafting trips on the Molenaars is close to the Du Toit's Kloof Tunnel on N1, on the upcountry side of the Huguenot Tunnel.
Level of Difficulty: Class IV / Intermediate
The Molenaars is the Western Cape's most challenging winter river. A much narrower channel than other Cape Rivers, the Molenaars provides a very technical, steep challenge for the whitewater enthusiast. No experience is required, but only the more adventurous and fit beginners should try it. Experienced rafters will appreciate the Molenaars for its continuous, fast-moving rapids.
Because the Molenaars can only be run after winter rains, rafting trips provide a unique look at its steep-walled gorge. Numerous waterfalls plunge from the mountainsides down towards the river's edge, and all the surrounding fynbos are a deep, lush green. High mountain peaks guard the canyon from either side. The whitewater itself is part of the scenery, as the river winds and drops over and around huge boulders through narrow ravines.
 

Palmiet River Rafting, 100 km from Cape Town
One of the closest rivers in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Palmiet River runs through the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, between the towns of Betty's Bay and Kleinmond. Rafting trips generally meet in Kleinmond.
Level of Difficulty: Class III / Beginner
Another one of South Africa's winter runs, the Palmiet River's level of difficulty depends partially on the amount of runoff that is coming off the mountains after winter rains. When the river is at its higher stages, it can get to the point where it has a few Class IV rapids. But even then, the level never gets above Class IV, making the river an easy intermediate run. To sum up, then, the Palmiet is a good rafting run for beginners, regardless of flows. It will just be a bit more exciting at high flows!
 

Vaal River Rafting, 120 km from Johannesburg
Whitewater rafting trips on the Vaal River take place in the Parys district, in the Gauteng province of South Africa's Northern Cape. A tributary to the Orange River, the Vaal originates in the Drakensberg Mountains in Mpumalanga, 30 km north of Clarens.
Level of Difficulty: Class III / Beginner
The Vaal River is a great introduction to whitewater rafting, with rapids that are exciting but not very serious. Most of the rapids are Class II, with a few Class IIIs interspersed for the occasional wake up call.
Pink Granite "Koppies", Exotic Trees, Myriad Bird Species. The Vaal's grey-blue waters flow swift and wide through South Africa's Highveld, forming the border between the Vredefort Dome Conservancy and the Free State. The Vredefort Dome is the site of one of the world's largest meteorite craters, and is home to a very unique collection of fauna and wildlife.
 

 

 
 

Wilderness Trails - Kruger Park

     
 

Under the guidance of an experienced and armed game ranger, parts of the Kruger Park can be explored on foot by small groups of a maximum of 8 people. This way one can get into close contact with the wilderness and the game.

The emphasis of the trail is to spend time on foot in the Kruger National Park, not only looking for the large mammals but also the smaller creatures. The aspects of the bush that are normally overlooked when driving around the Kruger Park.

 
 
   

Bushman Wilderness Trail
The Bushman Trail lies in the south-western section of the Kruger National Park, in a secluded valley near the Berg-en-Dal rest camp. Attractions include the landscape, which is characterised by many awe-inspiring granite hills, which provide splendid vantage points in the surrounding bush. A major feature of the Bushman Trail are the Bushman paintings which can be viewed in many of the hill shelters. White rhino, elephant and buffalo are some of the animals prevalent in the area on wilderness trails in the Kruger National Park. The trail departs at Berg-en-Dal camp.
 

Metsi-Metsi Wilderness Trail
Metsi-Metsi means 'water water' in Sotho. The Trail camp is located 6 km from the Mozambique border on the eastern aspect of N'wamuriwa mountain and is nestled at the foot of the mountain and overlooks a small waterhole. A nearby safari hide provides the ideal place for viewing many of the bird and mammal species found in the area. The landscape varies from undulating savannah to rocky gorges and ravines. The Nwaswitsontso River Attracts an abundance of wildlife during the dry winter months, especially Elephant, Black Rhino and large predators. The trail departs at Skukuza camp.
 

Napi Wilderness Trail
The Napi Wilderness Trail is situated midway between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop in picturesque woodland bushveld, the trail camp of the Napi Trail lies nestled in luxuriant riverine bush at the confluence of the Napi and Biyamiti streams. The Napi wilderness is characterised by undulating terrain, granite hills and a high resident population of White Rhino. Black Rhino, Elephant, Lion and Buffalo also frequent the Kruger Park area. On your wilderness trails, you will se that the birdlife is prolific.
 

Nyalaland Wilderness Trail
The Nyalaland Trail winds through one of the prime wilderness areas of southern Africa. The trail camp is situated on the bank of the Madzaringwe Stream north of Punda Maria, near the Luvuvhu River. The magnificent Lanner Gorge and other vantage points offer splendid views of the South African bushveld on wilderness trails in Kruger National Park. The Kruger Park is known for its fever tree and boabab forests, prolific birdlife and spectacular views. The beauty of this wild area more than makes up for its lack of big game. Another interesting feature of the trail is the recently discovered fossil sites.
 

Olifants Wilderness Trail
The trail camp for the Olifants Wilderness Trail in the Kruger National Park is situated on the southern bank of the Olifants River, west of the Olifants / Letaba confluence. It offers a magnificent view of a beautiful stretch of this perennial river which ultimately flows through Mozambique and into the sea. The landscape varies from riverine bush and gorges to the foothills of the Lebombos. It supports a variety of wildlife, including large predators, Elephant and Buffalo. The Olifants River is home to Crocodile, Hippo and many bird species. The call of the African Fish Eagle is almost synonymous with this trail and the Rare Pels Fishing Owl can sometimes be seen along the riverine vegetation
 

Sweni Wilderness Trail
Conjure up a picture of Africa at its wildest: herds of Zebra and Wildebeest and tall, stately Giraffe scattered across sun-drenched grass plains; the pungent smell of Buffalo in one's nostrils, the heart-stopping sight of an enormous Elephant bull feeding in a thick stand of Lala palms only metres away...

The trail camp of the Sweni Wilderness Trail in the Kruger National Park, which overlooks the Sweni Stream in the wilderness area near Nwanetsi provides a view of the surrounding marula and knobthorn savannah, within Kruger National Park. The area is home to the Sweni Lion pride. Black and White Rhino have also been sighted in the area.

 

 
         
 

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