How does sky diving in Cape Town, getting a birds eye view of the ocean, beaches and table mountain sound? Or what about bungee-jumping off Bloukrans Bridge at 216 m, one of the worlds highest bungee jumping sites? Even better, coming face to face with a great white shark, or climbing one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
If you’re idea of a great trip includes getting your adrenaline pumping then South Africa needs to be next on your list. I would have never labelled myself as an adrenaline junkie, but somehow, in South Africa it was inevitable. There are countless ways to get that rush in South Africa, and I’m going to list my top ten favorites.
1. Shark Cage Diving
South Africa’s waters are home to hundreds of great white sharks, comforting right? Even better, you can have the opportunity to willingly hop into a cage and let the sharks bang against it in the middle of the ocean for just 120 USD. Trust me, it’s worth every cent. Your journey will start early in the morning in Gansbaai, South Africa. The tour company will provide you with a small breakfast and then you will be on your way to the dark waters where those cute little sharkeys are just waiting to try and get in your cage! http://www.sharkcagediving.co.za/packages-tours/
2. Skydiving in Cape Town
Skydiving anywhere will not fail to give you an adrenaline rush. The perk of doing it in Cape Town, however, are the views. Pictures and words cannot describe it. The colours of the ocean are so vibrant, the beaches are so beautiful, and the arial view you get of table mountain is priceless.
3. Bungee Jumping off Bloukrans Bridge
The real leap of faith is off this devastatingly high bridge. You’re body will start shaking, palms will start sweating and you’re heart will have never beaten quite so quickly. It’s a rush you will never forget, and you’ll be able to say you have jumped off one of the highest bungee jumping sites in the world at 216m!
4. Climbing Table Mountain
One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is not something you should miss. You can take a cableway up the mountain, but the beer at the top is much more rewarding if you’ve hiked it.
5. Cango Caves
There are two options you can pick from when you enter the caves, the walking tour or the adventure tour. Now, we all know which one is better. On the adventure tour you will be crawling through spaces as small as 74 cm high, and 30 cm narrow. Apparently, a few years ago a woman got stuck and trapped all her fellow adventurers in the humid cave for over 10 hours! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6225301.stm) To be honest, this one of the adventures I didn’t have particular high hopes for but it was one of my best days in South Africa and it exceeded all expectations.
6. Addo Elephant National Park
Riding elephants is mandatory for bucket lists right? At the Addo Elephant National Park, you not only get to ride the elephants, but you get to spend time with them, walk them, and feed them.
7. Cango Ostrich Farm
You get the whole package here – a history about ostriches, ostrich interaction, ostrich rides, and even ostrich meals!
8. Cango Wildlife Ranch
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this Wildlife ranch. This place has everything. All sorts of animal encounters and even crocodile dives! http://www.cango.co.za/
9. Surfing in Muizenburg
This was the initial draw I had to South Africa. I spent three weeks surfing and volunteering in Muizenberg and it still wasn’t enough time. There are countless things to do in the Muizenberg area, but the surfing is the best part – just watch out for those sharks!
10. Crocodile Dive
Crocodiles might scare me more than sharks. I find their stillness so eery and I’m always waiting for them to make a sudden movement. Freaks, me, out.
Enjoy South Africa, and let me know all about your South African Adventures!