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Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) by Scott Laurie

South Africa's top outdoor activities and adventures

Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) by Scott Laurie Creative Commons Attribution

Whether you want to gaze at the night skies in the wildernesses, search for predators in national parks and reserves, or horse ride along the beach, South Africa has it covered. Cape Town is a nirvana for the adventure sports enthusiast with operators lining up to ensure you don’t go home without having experienced an adrenaline rush. With wind whipped waves and Table Mountain on hand, surfing, hiking and rock climbing are hugely popular. For more extreme adventures, such as shark cage diving or paragliding, you’ll need to travel out of the city or wait for ideal weather conditions. Hermanus, where southern right whales come to calve, is South Africa’s unofficial whale watching capital, although you can also go on whale watching trips in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Garden Route holiday strip in the Western Cape offers surfing, diving, boat trips, canoeing, kloofing (canyoning), horse-riding and kayaking.