10 Extreme Sports You Should Try in South Africa

10 Extreme Sports You Should Try in South Africa

It's really very easy to stay #active in #SouthAfrica. There are adventures around every corner, most of them things you couldn't dream of doing elsewhere. #Activities like shark diving, riding an ostrich, and walking with a cheetah are sure to spice up your holiday.


South Africa is one of the top destinations for extreme sports. Below I have collected some activities you can enjoy there. I was lucky enough to try some of them.

1. Bungee Jump From Bloukrans Bridge

Bloukrans Bungee is known as the tallest bungee from a bridge – 216 metres. Not only is it taller than the famous New Zealand Nevis Bungee, it’s way cheaper. Situated on the edge of Tsisikama National Park, this bungee cannot be missed. I have to admit though, I’ve never been so scared in my life! The worst part for me was not the jump, but the ‘skywalk’ to get to the platform, because its made entirely out of metal.

2. Abseil From Table Mountain

Cape Town’s tallest mountain offers abseiling. Attached to a regular looking rope you can throw yourself down more than 100 meters.

Shark cage diving
Shark cage diving

3. Cage Dive With Sharks In Gansbaai

Recently, cage diving has become a controversial activity in South Africa, due to some claims that the sharks are being fed with pieces of meat, making them angry. However, I’ve done it and I don’t regret it. While we were waiting for the sharks for a few hours, a majority of the people got seasick. When I finally got into the water, it was freezing, but I was so excited about great white sharks swimming around me that I totally forgot about the cold. For the more adventurous traveler (a bigger budget doesn’t hurt either), I recommend a visit to Aliwal Shoal where you can experience free-water shark diving.

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Shark Cage Diving in Aliwal Shoal

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 Aliwal Shoal, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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4. Ride An Ostrich In Oudtshoorn

Riding an ostrich
Riding an ostrich

Not surprisingly, Oudtshoorn, known as the ostrich capital of the world, offers ostrich rides. However, it’s only available for those under 75 kg. I have to say that for the sake of the experience it’s worth it, although the ride is a bit short and expensive. You can see my ride here.

5. Crocodile Cage Dive In Oudtshoorn

Sharks might seem scary, but crocodiles are definitely faster! In Cango Wildlife Ranch you can be locked in a metal cage and put in a pool with crocodiles. Maybe I’m weird for saying this but I had the impression that the crocodiles were more afraid of me than I was of them. Maybe I’m just a scary person…

Amazing and terrifying at the same time
Amazing and terrifying at the same time

6. Walk Among Rhinos In Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park offers a unique opportunity to walk amongst the wildlife, in contrast to a regular safari when you’re not even allowed to open the windows. I managed to see some giraffes passing by and fortunately (or unfortunately) I even met a lonely rhino walking less than 2 km from my group! Scary, but also exciting!

Lonely rhino
Lonely rhino

7. Walk With A Cheetah At Plettenberg Bay

For those interested in close encounters with big cats I recommend a visit to Tenikwa Wildlife Centre where you can take a cheetah for a walk. It’s not as cool as walking with lions in Zimbabwe, however it’s pretty nice.

Selfie with a cheetah
Selfie with a cheetah

8. Sand Board In Jeffrey’s Bay

When planning sand boarding you have to consider the weather conditions – unortunately it often rains in Jeffrey’s Bay. Don’t think if you’re a good snowboarder you can be a great sandboarder, this sport is a bit harder.

9. Sky Dive In Mossel Bay

Sky diving doesn’t need an introduction. Just jump and enjoy!

10. Spelunk in Cango Caves

I’d say the caves themselves were nice, however if you’ve seen nice caves before, for instance Waitomo in New Zealand or even the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, then don’t bother doing for the standard tour – it’s way too overcrowded. However, when you’re at Cango Caves you should definitely go for an Adventure Tour that requires a bit more physical strength where some of the passageways are 74 centimeters high, narrowing at one point to only 30 centimeters!

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Cango Caves Adventure Tour in Oudtshroon

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 Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa
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P.S. I forgot to mention that you need to book some of the activities quite a while in advance… because everyone wants to do them!

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