Whether you are young or old, South Africa has plenty of special interest activities choose from and the choice is growing all the time. For the more adventurous South Africa is sure to have an adventure option within your fitness range.
Popular options for the less energetic include game viewing, bird-watching, snorkelling and the ever popular hot air ballooning. South Africa's near perfect climate provides ideal conditions for ballooning, and it doesn't require the slightest exertion.
To make the most of your South African experience be sure to include in your trip some or all of the recommended destinations - Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the famous Cape Winelands, the magical Garden Route with it's lush forests and hidden coves, and the Kruger National Park for a fly in safari and Big 5 game viewing.
South Africa's impressive road infrastructure and countrywide network of bed and breakfasts, lodges, chain and boutique hotels and backpackers establishments make finding your own activities as easy as hiring the car, opening the map and hitting the road.
Game Viewing & Safaris
South Africa has some of the best wildlife parks, private game reserves, game lodges and wildlife farms in the world, offering visitors the excitement of wildlife viewing on safari or even hiking the wilderness.
Kruger National Park - Mpumalanga & Limpopo;
Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve - KwaZulu Natal;
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - Northern Cape;
Addo Elephant Park - Eastern Cape;
Karoo National Park - Western Cape;
Pilanesberg Game Reserve - North West;
Exclusive Lodges in the Sabie Sand Game Reserve - Mpumalanga
South Africa is a birders paradise with viewing opportunities right through the country - from the arid Karoo to northern Kwazulu Natal - one of the best spots in the world. Examples include:
Barberspan Nature Reserve - Delareyville - North West;
Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve - Memel - Free State
Waterberg - Limpopo;
Mkuze Game Reserve - Mkuzi - Kwazulu Natal
Each year Southern Right Whales migrate into the coastal waters of Southern Africa to calve and nurse their young with unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November.
The excellent climate, large number and variety of golf courses offers plenty of golfing opportunities and golf safari's. Examples include:
Courses in Cape Town
Kwazulu Natal South Coast Golf Courses
Skukuza Golf Course - Kruger Park
Stellenbosch Golf Course - Western Cape
Visit Arts & Crafts Markets
Markets, rambles and various routes around all the main cities will expose you to the variety of African and other crafts that can be purchased at excellent prices.
V&A Waterfront - Cape Town;
Midlands Meander - Howick - KwaZulu Natal;
Brightwater Commons- Randburg - Johannesburg
Visit Botanical Gardens
A large number of botanical gardens will expose you to our indigenous trees, proteas, orchids and other vegetation varieties.Examples include:
Free State National Botanical Garden - Bloemfontein;
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens;
Karoo National Botanical Garden - Worcester - Western Cape;
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden - Cape Town;
Namaqualand Flowers - Kammieskroon - Northern Cape
Take a Train Journey
South Afric offers the visitor unique train safaris through some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. Examples include:
The Blue Train,
Rovos Rail safaris,
Outeniqua Choo Tjoe...