Adventure Activities in the Free State
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
Rivers for Life – Wilge River Swim9:55pm 13 Oct
Words Andrew Chin and Fiona McIntosh, pics Alon Skuy and Roy Alexander
In January 2015 two Capetonians, Andrew Chin and Toks Viviers set off for the Free State. Their mission: to kickstart a project called ‘Rivers for Life’ with a 200km swim of the Wilge River. Over the next four years they plan to swim at least 100km of a river in each of the nine South African provinces to highlight the deteriorating state of our rivers and waterways, and the need for all South Africans to take action. Although swimming in dirty water is not their usual habit, Chin and Viviers are no strangers to...