Southern Africa's 25 Best 

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21. Star Gazing - Sutherland, Northern Cape
21. Star Gazing - Sutherland, Northern Cape

Sutherland is home to the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and the coldest temperatures in the country.  The cold air clears the skies and provides excellent star gazing of the Milky Way as well as Deep Sky images.  Nightly star gazing at Sterland as well as guided tours to SALT - the Southern African Largest Telescope and to SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory offer an opportunity to experience our skies and provide an extremely interesting evening under the stars for the whole family.  

22. Sunset Cruising Chobe River, Botswana
22. Sunset Cruising – Chobe River, Botswana

Climb aboard one of the pontoon boats that will take you down the Chobe River and into the Chobe National Park in Botswana.  Sit back and relax with your favourite drink and have your camera ready because as the African sun descends animals start making their way down to the rivers edge to drink.  Game viewing from the safety of the pontoon affords you the opportunity to get really up close and personal with elephants, crocodiles, hippo, giraffe, lion, zebra, buck and a huge variety of birds.

23. Surfing Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
23. Surfing – Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape is the ideal surfing spot for both professional and amateur surfers.  Home of the prefect wave, this is a great place to get wet and do a bit of surfing, as wave after perfect wave curls towards the white sandy beach.  Grab your surf board or body board and get in on the action. The warm Indian Ocean waters offer many surfing spots in the area, including Kitchen Window, Tubes, Super Tubes, Point and Albatross.

24. White Water Rafting Zambezi River, Zimbabwe & Zambia
24. White Water Rafting – Zambezi River, Zimbabwe & Zambia

The Zambezi River offers thrilling white water rapids that are classified as Grade 5. The rapids that pour through the Bakota Gorge below Victoria Falls are extremely difficult and violent with big drops, steep gradients and a high volume of water.  The best time to go is between July and February when the water level is low. With rapid names like ‘against the wall’, ‘stairway to heaven’ and ‘devil’s toilet bowl’ you’re sure to have the ride of a lifetime.

25. Zip Lining Sun City, North West
25. Zip Lining – Sun City, North West

At over 208 meters high and 2 kilometers long, it’s the longest zip line in the world and you can reach speeds of 140km per hour.  It only takes 4 minutes to slide down the 2 km steel cable, sometimes 100m high and sometimes only 4.5 meters from the ground.  Solo and tandem rides are available to adrenaline seekers from as young as 12 years old.  A truly exhilarating ride that seems to be over far too quickly and you will surely be back in line for another go.

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