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Adventure Activities in KwaZulu Natal


Adventure Activities in South Africa

The sheer variety of adventures on offer in South Africa is mind-boggling.  Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or someone for whom extreme adventure is sipping a cocktail on a luxury yacht, you’re spoilt for choice.

Collectors have plenty of boxes to tick. The Bloukrans bungee jump is the highest of its kind in the world, the Pro-Nutro Zip 2000 the longest zipline and Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium has the only stadium swing in the world. There are half a dozen canopy tours, ranging from gentle journeys on which you commune with the birds to terrifyingly fast slides over rocky gorges. You can go skydiving, fly in a fighter jet, run head-first down a multi-storey tower block or take to the skies at dawn in a hot-air balloon.

There are scenic drives over historic passes and along the spectacular coastline, skid pans to test your driving skills, quad-biking in muddy forests or with big game and a range of historic and special interest tours in tractors, steam trains and ferries. Horse-riding is very popular, but if that’s too tame you can always try riding a camel, an elephant or an ostrich. Mountaineers will find numerous peaks to scale and BASE jump, paraglide, mountain-board or zorb down. In fact, snow-skiing is about the only sport that you won’t find here, but there’s some sandboarding and, if you’re missing winter sports, ice climbing and tobogganing - albeit on an all-weather track!

The extensive coastline offers surfers, sailors and kite-surfers exciting big waves and winds. There are adrenalin-pumping speedboat tours and more leisurely cruises to see pelagic birds, sharks, whales and dolphins. Seasonal turtle tours are a highlight of the glorious beaches of northern KwaZulu-Natal, while inland water activities include kloofing (canyoning), black-water tubing and house-boating.

And that’s just the mainstream activities. In South Africa, you’re sure to find something that floats your boat, or sinks your kayak, if that’s the way you prefer it!

Articles & Blogs

Sunset in St. Lucia

Erik Brits 11:55am 6 Sep

Sunset in St. Lucia

Before I tell you anything else about this photo, let me ask you simply - do you like it or am I cheating?

You may recall last year that I spent an extensive amount of time exploring the limits of mobile photography, and went so far as to shoot a full magazine piece with my phone. I stand by what I said then, and still shoot a lot of my blogs with my phone, as I find I can simply take it places where I wouldn't take my DSLR - and the @nightjartravel Instagram account will attest to the number of places I take my phone! However, I have now...

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The Golden Mile

Nightjar Travel 6:00am 3 Apr

The long stretch of pavement that runs from Moses Mabhida Stadium to Ushaka Marine World has become one of the biggest attractions in Durban.  Pick a sunny day and head to Branches, the skateboard and bike hire shop situated at Bay of Plenty beach. I joined in with young and old alike, selecting a skateboard as my preferred mode of transport, and we collectively began to journey along The Golden Mile. It’s a great activity to do with family or a group of friends, especially if you’re not the walking or running type, and it gives you a real taste of the laid back, “beach lifestyle”...

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Karkloof Canopy Tour

Nightjar Travel 7:00am 31 Dec

The Karkloof Canopy Tour in KwaZulu-Natal is an exhilarating adventure activity (as you can see from the expression on my sister-in-law’s face as she comes in to land after completing a section of it). During the 2 hour adventure, you and a group of friends will get to experience the area’s magnificent indigenous forest from a unique aerial vantage point, as you slide between 9 platforms.  The longest ‘foefi’ slide is about 180m. Secured by a harness, gravity does most of the work, making the...

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Growing up...

Erik Brits 11:40am 10 Oct

Growing up in South Africa, there was always a part of me that wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of my life in the bushveld, drinking in our magical natural splendour all day, every day. I spent a good few years dreaming about qualifying as a game ranger after school, and living out Jock of the Bushveld-style adventures… and then one day, almost accidentally, I was all grown up - degree, job and all! So now what? 

Well, a bit of digging revealed that even if you can’t dedicate yourself to it full-time, there are still a few things you can do to integrate a natural...

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