Southern Africa's 25 Best 

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16. Scuba Diving Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal
16.  Scuba Diving – Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal

Aliwal Shoal lies approximately 5.5km off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal near Umkomaas and is unique in that it offers divers both reef and wreck dives. During the winter months (July to September) Ragged Tooth Sharks frequent the dives sites along with an abundance of marine life including turtles, dolphins, large rays, potato bass and a myriad of fish and shellfish species that can be seen whilst diving the wrecks, through numerous caves, under large overhangs and exploring the reef.

17. Shark Cage Diving - Gansbaai, Western Cape
17.  Shark Cage Diving - Gansbaai, Western Cape

12km offshore from Gansbaai, which is just a 2.5 hour drive east of Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s best Shark Cage Diving spots; Shark Alley. During the winter months Great White Sharks patrol the waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island hunting for seals in the channel and providing the perfect opportunity to come face to face with these awesome predators of the deep, behind the security of the cage of course.  Certainly not for the faint-hearted!

18. Skydiving Modimolle, Limpopo
18.  Skydiving – Modimolle, Limpopo

Whether you are a seasoned jumper or a first timer, Skydiving is the most extreme of all the adrenaline activities.  First time jumpers have the option of a Tandem Skydive which allows you to experience the rush of the free fall without having to worry about anything as you will be strapped to a seasoned Tandem Instructor who will do most of the hard work for you.  The extreme thrill of the free fall and the beautiful Limpopo landscape will certainly get your heart thumping for more.  

19. Snorkelling Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal
19.  Snorkelling – Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

Sodwana Bay on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, is one of the best snorkelling sites in Southern Africa.  Jesser Point offers snorkellers a large sheltered bay with several tidal pools which are home to a large variety of corals, tropical fish, eels and rays.  More adventurous snorkellers can venture out to Quarter Mile Reef or catch a boat out to explore one of the other reefs and perhaps even swim with a whale shark. 

20. Snow Boarding Oxbow, Lesotho
20. Snow Boarding – Oxbow, Lesotho

Bordered on the south by the Drakensberg and in the north by the Maluti Mountains, a large percentage of Lesotho’s land area lies a few thousand meters above sea level. During the winter months, huge cold fronts march across Southern Africa, and the Lesotho highlands are transformed into a winter wonderland.  Oxbow is over 8000 feet above sea level and offers visitors a thrilling vertical slope of two thousand feet, whilst Eagle Rock offers a variety of slopes and rides.

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