Awesome Things to Do in South Africa

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Awesome things to do in South AfricaSouth Africa is becoming the adventure capital of the world. There is so much to do in this country that a person needs several visits just to scratch the surface. We visited South Africa on two separate occasions. The first was when we went cycling across the continent from Cape Town. We didnt have the opportunity to do much during that trip but we made a point to come back one day and four years later, we found ourselves on a plane getting reading to explore South Africa.If you follow this itinerary, you wont need to go anywhere else in South Africa. From safaris to caves, marine life to scenery, this trip has it all! Enjoy.

1. Go on safari in thethe Hluhluwe & Imfolozi National Park- a very old Reserve in South Africa.Known for its white and black rhino population,Hluhluwe & Imfolozi have the largest in all of Africa! Its good to see that conservation efforts are being put into effect. But we are worried because that it is too little late.


Take a River Cruise- check out the hippos and crocodiles from the safety of your platoon boat. Book your tour again with Heritage Tours and Safaris and youll enjoy enjoy hot chocolate or cider while the hippos stretch and yawn as the sun sets overhead.

3. Kayak with Crocodiles -If you are feeling adventurous, skip the platoon boat and kayak in the river instead. Nothing but fibreglass separates you from the crocodiles below. The water in the estuary is an average of 1 metre deep and with 1200 crocs and 900 hippos you can be sure they are lurking below, even if you dont spot them right away.4. Horse Safari in theiSimangaliso Wetlands -Nothing feels quite as awesome as having wildebeest and giraffes run beside you and all around you as you sit atop a horse and look on. You feel at one with nature and get closer to the wildlife than you ever expected!

5. Canopy Tour -South Africa Canopy Tours has zip lining adventures all around the country. For a beginners zip line adventure, try Tsitsikamma further to the south on the Garden Route. For the Thrill Seekers, stay in Durban and check out Karkloof Canopy Tours. We can 100% say that this was the best canopy tour in your life.7. Safari on the Garden Route -A person cant go to South Africa without going on safari. That is unless it is 2008 and you are Dave and Deb. Can you believe we didnt see the big 5 until 4 years later? In South Africa you have an excellent chance of spotting the big 5 animals while on safari and so much more! Along the Garden Route there are many private lodges to choose from and we stayed at the spectacularKariega Game Reserve. It is a luxury reserve with four different lodges. We stayed at the River Lodge. Looking out over the river, we were surrounded by the reserve and wildlife. Our mornings and evenings were spent watching wildlife like Lions, Rhinos, Hippos, Giraffes and elephants while our days were spent in the lovely lodge reading books, sipping wine (all spirits, food and drink are included in the safari package) and relaxing on the dock. We definitely needed more time here.8. Adventure in the Cango Caves The Cango Caves are the oldest tourist attraction in South Africa and one of the best cave systems weve ever visited. The standard tour is an easy and beautiful walk through massive chambers, but if you are up for the challenge, take the adventure tour. The adventure tour takes you through narrow passageways with openings as small as 26 centimetres. Not for the faint of heart, but great bragging rights after the fact.

9.Dive with Great White Sharks- Our Number 1 Choice for things to do in South Africa is Cage Diving with Great White Sharks! We have seen it on Shark Week, weve watched it on National Geographic and here we are doing it in South Africa. Anyone can cage dive. You dont need to be a certified diver, heck you barely even need to know how to swim. You are in a cage attached to the side of a boat. Its the easiest diving weve ever done, but it is also by far the most exciting. Imagine having a great white shark bump the cage you are standing in. Watch it breach over and over again as it jumps after the fish head used as bait to attract the shark. Sharks are an endangered species and the more people understand the shark and learn to love them rather than fear them, the better off the entire ecosystem will be.

10. Scuba diving in South Africa.Here you'll find the full complement of pretty colourful fish and some great nudibranchs, including the outrageous Spanish dancer. Whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and ragged tooth sharks are often seen in specific areas.As you head down the coast the underwater environment changes gradually until, once you reach Cape Town, you're diving in chilly but beautiful kelp forests. There are three major types of kelp, and a short portion of the Western Cape coast is the only place in the world that they all grow together.

11. Canoeing, rafting, kayaking South AfricaSouth Africa is blessed with fantastic rivers, beautiful scenery, and a climate made for the outdoors enthusiast, so if you're looking for action of the paddling variety, you're in for a treat.The most popular river for canoeing, rafting and kayaking for good reason is the Orange, which forms the country's northern border with Namibia. It's a long, green-fringed oasis running through the mountainous desert area known as the Richtersveld. Incredibly scenic, it also has a few fun rapids.