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
A Dragon’s Fury9:55pm 7 Jun
Words Linda Willemse, pics X-Berg Challenge
She has slashed at the earth to leave deep valleys. Her breath can be as hot as fire on some days and she can give you the most chilly look that leaves you standing in a cold sweat on others... Attempting to a traverse from her spiky tail to her rugged neck is only for the brave! This is the DRAGON, which sees 18 extraordinary athletes set out to conquer in the Drakensberg (Mountain of the Dragons) in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Declared a World Heritage Site, the Maloti-Drakensberg Park, comprises...
Sunset in St. Lucia11:55am 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...
The Golden Mile6:00am 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”...
Karkloof Canopy Tour7:00am 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...
Growing up...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...