It’s difficult to count the many ways you can tackle the outdoors in South Africa. For those that want to move at a slower pace and drink it all in, from Table Mountain to the Otter Trail, there are thousands of kilometres of track to trek. Looking to cover more ground? South Africa offers a bounty of excellent long-distance cycling, and for those that want to wind in a little wining and dining, opt for the phenomenal Bikes n Wines tour in the Western Cape.
Perhaps you’d like to experience something a little more gripping? South Africa boasts some of the world’s finest sports climbing. Or, head for the subterranean with a trip to the Cango Caves. And if you’d like to explore the country’s many rivers, there are plenty of outfits guiding white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking expeditions too.
Deep blue sea
The surf in South Africa is world-renowned for its enormous swells coming northwards from Antarctica, which have produced some of the finest big wave riders in the world. Similarly, many of the top names in kitesurfing and windsurfing descend from all corners of the globe to make use of South Africa’s beaches, which provide a whole raft of conditions for those looking to harness the power of the wind.
For explorers who prefer to plumb the depths under the surface of the water, South Africa offers incredible diving and freediving, taking in everything from the forests of bamboo kelp made famous in My Octopus Teacher to the white knuckle experience of being surrounded by a shoal of enormous sharks.