For those that are comfortable in the saddle, popular horse-trail areas include the foothills of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal; beach rides in the Western Cape; and multi-day trails in the farmlands of the scenic eastern Free State, also the heart of the endurance riding community.
For keen riders, consider us booking you a multi-day beach-riding holiday on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape, or an outing that traverses the unique fynbos environment close to the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas in the Western Cape.
A trip aboard Rovos Rail is a journey like no other. Experience the opulent elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world on one of Rovos Rail’s exceptional safaris through the heart of Africa. Combining some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel, Rovos Rail will delight the most discerning traveller.
With discreet and friendly service, five-star cuisine and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era – encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.
Trains depart regularly from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria for Cape Town, Durban and Victoria Falls with longer journeys operated on an annual basis. These include two golf itineraries, of nine days, each with delightful programmes for non-golfers. There is another nine-day safari to Namibia as well as the two-week adventure to Dar es Salaam.
Hot Air Ballooning Safaris
Hot Air Ballooning Safaris over the Magalies River Valley or Game Viewing Balloon Safaris are truly an experience that must be ticked off on one’s wish list. Over the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, or over the Hartbeespoort Dam. Other safaris sites available are in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, Cullinan, Gauteng, Joostenburg in Cape Town and the Waterberg in Limpopo. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory.
The most popular of these trips are generally on the perennial Orange or Vaal rivers, but there are other rivers in the country where you can go white-water rafting. One of the best of these is the Ash River, close to the town of Clarens in the Free State, a three-hour drive from Johannesburg. Because the Ash River is fed by water from the Katse Dam in the Lesotho highlands, rafting is possible here all-year round (unlike many other rivers that are seasonal).
The Umkomaas River in KwaZulu-Natal is a seasonal white-water destination that also offers opportunities for multi-day trips, as is the Doring River in the Cederberg in the Western Cape. Another exceptional experience, is a multi-day river-rafting trip. This is an authentic African outing, allowing you to sleep under the stars and drift down pristine stretches of river.
Paragliding & Sky diving
Paragliding with a licensed tandem flight instructor. A tandem flight is where a pilot flies with a passenger, both of whom are in separate harnesses that are also attached to each other and the overhead wing. Passengers are asked to wear sturdy shoes for takeoff and landing, when they will be required to participate. The most popular spots for tandem flights are Lion’s Head and Signal Hill in Cape Town and Wilderness on the Garden Route. Tandem flights are also offered occasionally at Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal, Hartbeespoort Dam in North West province and Dunnottar Airfield near Springs in Gauteng. Generally, a tandem flight lasts between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions. Flights are always weather-dependent and so cannot be guaranteed in advance, so allow for a window of several days.
SkyDive Tandem – FreeFall Experience & Parachute Ride – Cape Town
This is Your Introduction to the Original Extreme Sport. Join our team of passionate air-sports professionals for the ride of your life.
- No Previous Experience Required
- 100% Exhilarating – Unforgettable Experience
- Spectacular Views
A Tandem Introductory SkyDive is unquestionably the quickest, easiest and safest way to experience skydiving for the first time. You’ll want to go again and again!
These are located largely in the lusher, eastern part of the country. A canopy tour is a perfect family activity, combining a nature experience with the thrill of gliding between platforms on a zipline. Tour groups consist of a maximum of eight people at a time and the whole outing is usually a very manageable two-and-a-half hours. No special level of fitness is required, although there is a weight limit of 120kg. If you are afraid that you may not be able to regulate the speed of travelling on the zipline on your own, ask for a guide to go in tandem with you. The tour starts with a safety briefing before clients are kitted out with safety helmets and full-body harnesses and taken to the first platform. Guides will also pause between slides so that guests can learn more about the unique ecology of South Africa’s rare indigenous forests, and introduce them to magnificent examples of individual trees, like the majestic yellowwood that also happens to be the country’s national tree. These tours are offered in the Tsitsikamma on the Garden Route, Karkloof in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, the Drakensberg mountains (also in KwaZulu-Natal), Magaliesberg (in North West province close to Johannesburg) and the Magoebaskloof, a forested area on route to the Kruger National Park in Limpopo.
The tour starts with a safety briefing before clients are kitted out with safety helmets and full-body harnesses and taken to the first platform. Guides will also pause between slides so that guests can learn more about the unique ecology of South Africa’s rare indigenous forests, and introduce them to magnificent examples of individual trees, like the majestic yellowwood that also happens to be the country’s national tree. These tours are offered in the Tsitsikamma on the Garden Route, Karkloof in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, the Drakensberg mountains (also in KwaZulu-Natal), Magaliesberg (in North West province close to Johannesburg) and the Magoebaskloof, a forested area on route to the Kruger National Park in Limpopo.
One of the most extensive of these are the Cango Caves near the town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, a series of limestone caves found in the foothills of the Swartberg mountains. Here, visitors can opt for the standard heritage tour or the more extreme 90-minute adventure tour, during which they will be required to leopard crawl through tight spaces. Anyone who suffers from claustrophobia should not sign up. The reward, however, is a sense of achievement and the chance to view unspoilt rock formations that are only accessible to the adventurous few. Some of these will have been formed over unimaginable lengths of time (it takes about 100 years for a half-inch or 1.2cm stalactite to form). Other caves open to the public include the Sterkfontein Caves and Wonder Cave in the Cradle of Humankind (where visitors can also do an 18m abseil into the cave before going on a guided tour) and the Sudwala Caves and the Echo Caves in Mpumalanga.
They migrate here to spend time in sheltered bays where they mate, calve and nurse their babies, before heading off again into the deep Southern Ocean by December. A fantastic place to view these giant visitors is the coastal town of Hermanus, which has earned a reputation for the best shore-based whale watching in the world, although it’s by far not the only location. In Hermanus, tourists need only listen out for the sound of the whale-crier’s horn that alerts bystanders that there is a whale in the vicinity, easily sighted from the cliff path overlooking the bay. Your clients might also wish to view whales from a boat, but there are rules that apply to how close the boats may come to these animals in the sea. Other whale species sighted off the South African coast include humpbacks (generally in the winter months), the smaller Bryde’s whale and even occasional orcas (or killer whales). From June onwards, southern right whales start to arrive along the southern African coastline. In Hermanus, tourists need only listen out for the sound of the whale-crier’s horn that alerts bystanders that there is a whale in the vicinity.
Here, the highly endangered African penguin has chosen to establish a colony, making its nests on the slopes and even in the gardens of nearby seaside homes. At Boulders there are three beaches (one of which is reserved exclusively for the penguins), a viewing area and boardwalks that limit disturbance to the nesting pairs. Here beach-goers can sunbathe and have a dip in close proximity to these comical blackand-white birds waddling between their nests and the sea. This is also an excellent outing for children as the waters are calm, but on no account should they try to interact with the birds as they have razor-sharp beaks and can inflict a nasty bite. Boulders falls within the Table Mountain National Park and so a small entrance fee must be paid. The only other land-based African penguin-breeding colony is at Betty’s Bay (about 80km east of Cape Town).
These animals now enjoy full protection in South Africa, which is consequently one of the best places in the world to view them. There are several places where visitors can go cage-diving with sharks, the most popular being Gansbaai, about 160km east of Cape Town. Here, you can board a boat and head out to a spot known as Shark Alley, where chum is used to attract the sharks. Once a shark puts in an appearance, it’s time to hop into the cage dangling off the side of the boat for a closer look under water. You won’t need any special diving experience as snorkels are used. However, if you are susceptible to seasickness, its advised to take a remedy ahead of the trip, as the boat stays anchored for several hours in one spot during this outing, which can exacerbate the problem.
The months of May through to October are the best time to go cage-diving as the sharks tend to disperse in summer. No special diving experience is required as snorkels are used.
The Harties Craft Ale Trail
The Craft Ale Trail is a whole day adventure in the Hartbeespoort/Magaliesburg region. Sit back and enjoy while you will be chauffeured from the first to the last venue. Indulge in tasters and craft ales as well as a delicious gourmet lunch at one of the brew houses. A brief tour where a brew master will share the process of brewing ale is included. Meet at a central meeting point, climb on the Ale Trail bus and be prepared for a fun day in the country side. Bookings essential – book now before the Ale runs dry…..