Southern Africa's 25 Best

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10. Hot Air Ballooning - Swakopmund, Namibia
10.  Hot Air Ballooning - Swakopmund, Namibia

An early morning start to get the Hot Air Balloon set up and then its off into the beautiful Namibian sky for a dramatic sunrise.  As the morning mist clears and uncovers the vast desert landscape below, you can see for miles to the horizon as you quietly float high above the ground.  The balloon follows the wind and you take in the awesome 360º view of the Namibian desert.  After landing you can relax and enjoy a hearty champagne breakfast in the morning sunshine.   

11. Kloofing Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape
11.  Kloofing – Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape

Kloofing involves following a mountain stream down its course by jumping off cliffs into pools, abseiling over overhangs, hiking up and down steep paths, boulder hopping and swimming.  Suicide Gorge offers extreme adrenaline pumping activities as you follow the stream through a very steep gorge and includes numerous jumps, some over 15m high.  A certain level of fitness is required for this adventure as well as a head for heights and nerves of steel.  Not for the faint hearted! 

12. Mountain Biking Bryanston, Gauteng
12.  Mountain Biking – Bryanston, Gauteng

This latest and greatest purpose-built Mountain Bike Park is any mountain biker’s paradise.  The Park is built to International Mountain Bike Association standards and offers over 15km of trail options that cater for all levels of riders, including children.  All the trails have been rated; novice trails are green, intermediate trails are blue and advanced trails are black.  As well as the huge variety of trails on offer, the Park also offers a BMX Track, Pump Tracks, Cross Country Tracks and a Dirt Jump Track.

13. Mountaineering & Rock Climbing Magaliesberg, North West
13.  Mountaineering & Rock Climbing – Magaliesberg, North West

The 120 kilometer long Magaliesberg Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.  Providing the perfect location and beautiful scenery for mountaineering and rock climbing with its many kloofs and sheer quartzite rock faces.  There are many climbing routes to choose from, varying in difficulty and length and there are many clubs and outdoor adventure companies operating in the area that offer courses and training in mountaineering and rock climbing.  

14. Quad Biking Swakopmund, Namibia
14. Quad Biking – Swakopmund, Namibia

Discover the fascinating Namib Desert by quad bike as you ride through the desert spotting lizard, desert chameleons and sidewinders.  Ride along the Swakop River, up and over high sand dunes and past the horse’s graveyard.  Learn about this unique landscape all whilst enjoying the breathtaking vistas over this dramatic landscape and the Atlantic Ocean.   No previous quad bike riding experience is necessary and trips range from 1 and 2 hours to 3-day overnight trips. 

15. Sand Boarding Atlantis, Western Cape
15. Sand Boarding – Atlantis, Western Cape

A short 45 minute drive up the west coast of Cape Town and you arrive in Atlantis.  Here the huge, pure white soft sand dunes of Atlantis are sure to provide hours of endless entertainment.  Sliding down these great dunes on a plank of wood at high speed is terrific fun and can be done either lying down or standing up and it’s very easy to learn.  The Atlantis Dunes are a protected area, the scenery is astounding and the sheer size of the dunes is only appreciated after a day spent playing here.

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