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ADVENTURES & ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

TO
Fiona McIntosh

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REGIONAL LEGEND
INT. AIRPORT MINOR AIRPORT / AIRFIELD VILLAGE SMALL TOWN / MAJOR TOWN CITY

MAP OVERVIEW SOUTH AFRICA LESOTHO SWAZILAND NAMIBIA BOTSWANA ZIMBABWE MOZAMBIQUE ZAMBIA MALAWI TANZANIA KENYA UGANDA AND RWANDA INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS

3 4 12 14 40 58 74 88 106 120 132 152 166 176

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NATIONAL ROAD MAIN ROAD OTHER ROAD 4X4 ROAD HIKING / TREKKING / WALKING SCENIC ROUTE / MOUNTAIN PASS / TOLL ROAD

INT. BORDER CROSSING GATE OPEN / CLOSED LODGE / CAMP PLACE OF INTEREST / BATTLE SITE / SHIPWRECK HIKING / FISHING PETROL STATION FERRY LAKE & DAM PAN LAKE & DAM DRY MARSH / SWAMP PEAK SYMBOL RIVER RIVER DRY

1728m Spitzkoppe

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Kaokoland Sesfontein

Etosha NP

Skeleton Coast

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NAMIBIA
Swakopmund Walvis Bay Sossusvlei

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Kga

Lderitz Kolmanskop Fish River Canyon Richtersveld NP

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Clanwilliam

Cap

CAP TOW

South Africa

(includes Lesotho and Swaziland)

IN THIS CHAPTER
Activities in South Africa: On Land Sandboarding 4x4ing Abseiling Game viewing Rock climbing Hiking Steam train trips Mountain biking Caving Horse riding On Water Shark cage diving Stand-up paddle boarding Diving Sea kayaking In the Air Bungee jumping Paragliding Regions: West Coast, Namaqualand and the Cederberg Region Cape Peninsula Winelands Garden Route and Route 62 Karoo Lesotho The Orange River Region WIld Coast East Coast, Zululand, Battlefields and Drakensberg Swaziland Kruger National Park Mpumalanga 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 10 10 10 8 11 11 11 9 9 Activities in Lesotho: On Land Horse riding Abseiling Fossil viewing Hiking Mountain biking Skiing 4x4ing, quad and off-road biking Rallying Mountaineering Morija Arts and Cultural Festival Rock and ice climbing Horse racing On Water Fishing Boat cruising 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

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Kuruman Kuruman Nakop


N10

N14

Nakop

Eye of Eye of Kuruman Kuruman

Alexander Alexander Bay Vioolsdrif range Bay Vioolsdrif ge O Oran N14 Port Port Goegap Goegap Nolloth Nolloth NR NR
N7 N7

N10 UpingtonUpington Augrabies Augrabies Richtersveld Richtersveld River River NP Falls NP NP Rafting Rafting Falls NP Augrabies

Falls

Augrabies Falls

N14

First Diamond First Diamond Discovered 1866 Discovered 1866

Springbok Springbok Namaqua Namaqua NP NP

Hopetown Hopetown Prieska Prieska


N10 N10

Verneuk Verneuk Pan Pan Britstown BrandvleiBrandvlei Britstown Bushman Bushman Drawings Drawings Rock Paintings Rock Paintings
N12 N12

Calvinia Calvinia

Three Three Sisters Sisters Lambert's Bay Camdeboo Lambert's Bay Camdeb NP Clanwilliam Observatory Karoo Karoo NP Clanwilliam Observatory

N7

N7

Beaufort Beaufort West West Sutherland Sutherland Reinet Rein


N9 N9 N12 N1 N12

NP

NP

Graaff- Graa

West Coast Coast West NP NP

Laingsburg Laingsburg N1

Area Area Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn CAPE TOWN TOWN Worcester CAPE Worcester Knysna Garden Route Knysna Tsitsikamm Mossel Bay Mossel Bay NP NP Somerset SomersetHoop N2 De Table MtTable Mt West NR De Hoop N2 West NR NP Agulhas Agulhas NP NP NP

Fish

Fish

Baviaanskloof Cango Cango Baviaansklo Caves Caves Wilderness Wilderness

A herd of zebras grazing.

QUICK FACTS
Capital: Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein Area: 1,221,040km2 / 471,446mi2 Population: 48,8 million Main ethnic groups: Black (75%) White (14%) Coloured (9%) Asian (2%) Main languages: English Afrikaans 9 other indigenous black languages Main religions: Protestant (55%) Catholic (9%) Hindu (1%) Muslim (1%) Currency: Rand (100 cents)

Musina Reptile Footprints N1 Tom Burke Louis Trichardt


N11

Thohoyandou
Mineral

Polokwane Tzaneen Springs


Mokopane

N4

Madikwe GR Pilanesberg GR

N1

Bela-Bela

Geological Exposure
N11

Echo Caves

Kruger NP

Mashishing Mbombela
Komatipoort
N4

Sun City/ Lost City

PRETORIA
N12

Sudwala Caves

Mahikeng Vryburg

JOHANNESBURG

Middelburg
N17

Klerksdorp
N12

MBABANE
N2

14

a Va

Sasolburg

SWAZILAND

Welkom
'Big Hole' Old Mine
N1

Kroonstad
N5

N3

Kimberley
N8

Rock Paintings

Golden Gate Highlands NP MASERU

Tembe Elephant GR Newcastle Vryheid iSimangaliso Blood (St Lucia) River Dingaans Wetland Park
N11

Piet Retief

Golela

Wilge

Sterkfontein Caves.

Kraal

Ladysmith
N2

St Lucia
N2

BLOEMFONTEIN

Katse Dam Estcourt

Richards Bay

LESOTHO

Gariep NR Aliwal North


N6

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Pietermaritzburg Durban (WHS) Oribi Gorge NR


Port Shepstone Port Edward
N2

KwaDukuza

la ke hu uT

Middelburg Mountain Zebra NP


N10

Mthatha Queenstown

Mkambati NR

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Rock of Execution Hole-in-the-Wall

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Bhisho East London Addo Elephant Grahamstown NP N2 Port Alfred Port Elizabeth

Activities in Swaziland: On Land Adventure caving Hiking Climbing Mountain biking Horse riding Rhino and elephant tracking Cultural immersion Quad biking Game viewing On Water Rafting Houseboating and cruising Kayaking In the Air Canopy tour

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South Africa

Each activity is rated as To do, Mild or Wild based on intensity

TO DO

MILD

WILD

0
10 TOP ADVENTURES
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Sandboarding 4x4ing Abseiling Game viewing Rock climbing Hiking Steam train trips Shark cage diving Bungee jumping Paragliding

2 3
One-stop shop SANParks www.sanparks.org +27 12 428 9111 or +27 82 233 9111 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife www.kznwildlife.com +27 33 845 1000 CapeNature www.capenature.co.za +27 21 483 0190 South African Tourism www.southafrica.net Nightjar Travel www.nightjartravel.com

Sandboarding.

ON LAND
Sandboarding Sandboarding, South Africas answer to snowboarding, requires the same skills and offers the same adrenalin rush. The hotspots are the white sands of the Atlantis and Bettys Bay dune fields near Cape Town, but if you want something a bit tamer, head to the golden dunes near Port Alfred. Sign up, wax your board, strap it onto your feet and carve your way down. Downhill Adventures www.downhilladventures.com +27 21 422 0388 Outdoor Focus www.outdoorfocus.co.za +27 46 624 4432

4x4ing There are endless 4x4 routes criss-crossing the country, but if youre looking for a real wilderness adventure, head to the Richtersveld, in the northwest corner of the Northern Cape where South Africa rubs shoulders with the arid mountain ranges of southern Namibia. Selfguided trails start at Sendelingsdrif and follow a network of gravel tracks and sandy stretches between the camp sites along the Orange River. This is the only place in the world where halfmens trees (Pachypodium namaquanum) grow naturally, so keep your eyes peeled for the rare succulents. SANParks www.sanparks.org +27 12 428 9111 Abseiling The ultimate abseil is from the top of Table Mountain. Hold your breath, step over the edge and slowly descend 112m, enjoying the breathtaking scenery. Abseiling also offers a different perspective of the Garden Routes Knysna Heads, Oribi Gorge in KwaZulu-Natal and the Sabie River Valley in Mpumalanga. Abseil Africa www.abseilafrica.co.za +27 21 424 4760 Garden Route Adventure Centre www.gardenrouteadventures.com +27 44 691 3182

Kuruman Kuruman Nakop N10 Nakop

N14

N14

Augrabies N10 Richtersveld Augrabies Falls NP Richtersveld NP Falls NP NP N14 Vioolsdrif Orange N14 e Vioolsdrif ROrangEGION PG 28 ORANGE IVER R ORANGE RIVER REGION PG 28 Port
Nolloth Port Springbok Nolloth

Upington Upington

Springbok Namaqua NP N7 Namaqua NP N7 WEST COAST, NAMAQUALAND AND THE CEDERBERG REGION PG 16 AND WEST COAST, NAMAQUALAND THE CEDERBERG REGION PG 16
Calvinia

N10

Verneuk Pan Verneuk Pan

Britstown Britstown
N12

N10

N12

Calvinia
Lambert's Bay Clanwilliam Lambert's Bay

Clanwilliam

N7

KAROO PG 24 Karoo KAROO PG 24 NP Karoo Beaufort West NP Beaufort West N9


N12 N1

N7

Laingsburg

Wild 5 Adventures www.wild5adventures.co.za +27 82 566 7424 Induna Adventures www.indunaadventures.com +27 13 737 8308

CAPE PENINSULA PG 18 CAPE TOWN CAPE PENINSULA PG 18 Oudtshoorn GARDEN ROUTE AND Oudtshoorn WINELANDS PG 20 CAPE TOWN ROUTE 62 PG 22 Knysna GARDEN ROUTE AND WINELANDS PG 20 ROUTE 66 PG 22 Knysna

Fish

Laingsburg

Fish

N12 N1

N9 Baviaanskloof Wilderness Baviaanskloo Area Wilderness Area

ON LAND
Game viewing South Africas most famous park is the Kruger NP, but the country boasts several other fine reserves. Most game viewing is done from a vehicle, but there are many other exciting options that take you into the heart of the bush. iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) offers game viewing on foot, on horseback and from a kayak as well as, from November to February, turtle tours on which loggerheads and leatherbacks can be seen dragging themselves up the beaches to lay their eggs. You can walk with intriguing little meerkats near Oudtshoorn, take a scenic whale-watching flight over Hermanus or, in the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park and De Hoop Nature Reserve, cycle past herds of plains game. Umfolozi Wilderness Trail www.kznwildlife.com +27 33 845 1000 Meerkat Adventures www.meerkat adventures.co.za +27 84 772 9678 iSimangaliso Wetland Park www.isimangaliso.com +27 35 590 1633 Extreme Nature Tours www.extremenature tours.co.za +27 82 257 5612 Jacana Collection www.jacanacollection. co.za +27 12 803 9109 Downhill Adventures www.downhill.com +27 21 422 0388 De Hoop Collection www.dehoopcollection. com +27 21 422 4522 or +27 86 133 4667 St Lucia Kayak Safaris www.kayaksafaris. co.za +27 35 590 1233

Lion spotted on a game drive, Mpumalanga.

Musina
N1

Tom Burke
N11

Thohoyandou Polokwane Kruger NP KRUGER NATIONAL PARK PG 36

N4

Madikwe GR Pilanesberg GR

MPUMALANGA PG 38
N11

Sun City/ Lost City

Mbombela
N4

PRETORIA
N12

Mahikeng

Komatipoort

JOHANNESBURG

Middelburg SWAZILAND PG 34 MBABANE N17


N2

SWAZILAND

N12

a Va

Piet Retief
N11 N3

Newcastle

N1 N5

iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park


Bay

Golela

Tembe Elephant GR

St Lucia EAST COAST, ZULULAND, Ladysmith Richards BATTLEFIELDS AND DRAKENSBERG PG 32


N8

BLOEMFONTEIN

Gariep NR

Katse Estcourt MASERU Dam uKhahlamba KwaDukuza Drakensberg LESOTHO Park Pietermaritzburg LESOTHO PG 26 Durban (WHS)

Wilge

N2

Aliwal North
N6 N2

Oribi Gorge NR Mkambati NR


Port Shepstone

Rock climbing South Africa is a rock climbers paradise, with spectacular routes on fantastic quality rock. The environments are pristine and its almost unknown to have to queue for a route. The premier sites are Emgwenya (Waterval-Boven), Table Mountain, the Cederberg and uKhahlamba Drakensberg where you can also ice climb in winter. Rocklands, in the Cederberg, is one of the worlds premier bouldering venues. Mountain Club of South Africa www.mcsacapetown. co.za +27 21 465 3412 Peak High Mountaineering http://peakhigh.co.za +27 33 343 3168 Rock n Rope www.rocrope.com +27 13 257 0363 Climb ZA www.climbza.com Blue Mountain Adventures www.samountain sport.co.za +27 82 550 6819 Venture Forth www.ctsm.co.za +27 21 554 3225 High Adventure Africa www.highadventure. co.za +27 21 689 1234

Mthatha Mountain Zebra NP


N10

Queenstown WILD COAST PG 30 Bhisho East London

Addo Elephant N2 Port Alfred NP Port Elizabeth

Rock climbing at Rocklands, Cederberg.

South Africa

Each activity is rated as To do, Mild or Wild based on intensity

TO DO

MILD

WILD

1
ON LAND

2 2

Hiking South Africa has a myriad marked trails, from easy strolls to multi-day treks. Some of the best, and most popular, take you through the forests and fynbos of Table Mountain, the Garden Route and Eastern Cape, to unusual rock formations in the Cederberg and Magaliesberg and to the high peaks of the Drakensberg. Slackpacking options cater for those wanting a good hike and overnight comfort without the hassle of lugging a pack. SANParks www.sanparks.org +27 12 428 9111 Cape Nature www.capenature.co.za +27 21 483 0190 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife www.kznwildlife.com +27 33 845 1000 Jacana Collection www.jacanacollection.co.za +27 86 152 2262 Wild Coast Holiday Reservations www.wildcoastholidays.co.za +27 43 743 6181 Spanafrican Adventures www.spanafricanadventures.co.za +27 33 330 6125

Steam train trips A trip with Rovos Rail, billed as the worlds most luxurious train trip, is a first-class journey. Other notable excursions are on the Blue Train and the Atlantic Rail. Friends of the Rail run trips around the Tshwane, Pretoria, Midrand and Johannesburg areas. Rovos Rail www.rovos.com +27 12 315 8242 The Blue Train www.bluetrain.co.za +27 12 334 8459 Friends of the Rail www.friendsoftherail.com +27 12 548 4090 Atlantic Rail www.atlanticrail.co.za +27 21 556 1012

ON WATER
Shark cage diving The cage diving industry put the southern Cape town of Gansbaai firmly on the world adventure map, but, in winter, you can also go out to Seal Island, off the Cape Peninsula, with Apex Shark Expeditions. If lady luck smiles youll catch great whites breaching and hunting for seals, then don dive gear and hop in the cage in the hope of getting up close and personal with Jaws. Further up the coast, Mossel Bay has viewing areas 10 minutes from the launch site, and the adrenalin-pumping activity is now also offered at Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal. Gansbaai Tourism www.gansbaaiinfo.com +27 28 384 1439 Apex Predators www.apexpredators. com +27 79 051 8558 Electrodive www.electrodive.co.za +27 82 561 1259 The Shark Diving Company www.sharkcagediving kzn.com +27 82 373 5950

Kuruman Kuruman Nakop N10 Nakop

N14

N14

Augrabies N10 Richtersveld Augrabies Falls NP Richtersveld NP Falls NP NP N14 Vioolsdrif Orange N14 ge Vioolsdrif ROranREGION PG 28 ORANGE IVER ORANGE RIVER REGION PG 28 Port
Nolloth Port Springbok Nolloth

Upington Upington

Springbok Verneuk Namaqua Pan NP N7 Verneuk Namaqua Pan NP N7 WEST COAST, NAMAQUALAND AND THE CEDERBERG REGION PG 16 AND WEST COAST, NAMAQUALAND THE CEDERBERG REGION PG 16
Calvinia

N10

Britstown Britstown De Aar De Aar N12


N12

N10

Calvinia
Lambert's Bay Clanwilliam Lambert's Bay
N7

Clanwilliam
Laingsburg

KAROO PG 24 KarooAROO PG 24 K NP Karoo Beaufort West NP Beaufort West N9


N12 N1

Fish

Fish

N7

N1 CAPE PENINSULA PG 18 Oudtshoorn GARDEN ROUTE AND CAPE TOWN PENINSULA PG 18 Oudtshoorn CAPE ROUTE 62 PG 22 WINELANDS PG 20 GARDEN ROUTE AND CAPE TOWN Knysna ROUTE 66 PG 22 WINELANDS PG 20 Knysna

Laingsburg

N12

N9

Shark cage diving, Gansbaai.

IN THE AIR
Bungee jumping At a whopping 216m, the bungee jump off the Bloukrans bridge is the world record holder a double trump since Bloukrans is the highest bridge in Africa. The 100m leap from the brightly decorated Orlando Towers offers an exciting detour on a visit to Soweto. Face Adrenalin www.faceadrenalin.com +27 42 281 1458 Orlando Towers Bungee www.orlandotowers.co.za +27 71 674 4343

Bungee jumping off Bloukrans bridge.

Musina
N1

Tom Burke
N11

Thohoyandou Polokwane Kruger NP KRUGER NATIONAL PARK PG 36

N4

Madikwe GR Pilanesberg GR
Sun City/ Lost City

MPUMALANGA PG 38
N11

Paragliding There are few things as exhilarating as flying. If you want to feel the thrill of free flight, take a tandem flight off Lions Head or venture up the coast to the Map of Africa in Wilderness. De Aar in the Karoo is another top spot, and the feather in its cap is that several world cross-country paragliding records have been set in its skies. Para-Pax www.parapax.com +27 82 881 4724 Cloudbase Paragliding www.cloudbase-paragliding.co.za +27 44 877 1414 Fly De Aar www.flydeaar.co.za +27 53 631 1555

Mbombela
N4

PRETORIA

Mahikeng

Komatipoort

JOHANNESBURG

Middelburg SWAZILAND PG 34 MBABANE N17


N2

SWAZILAND

N12

a Va

Piet Retief
N11 N3

Tembe Elephant GR
Golela

Newcastle

Wilge

N1 N5

iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park


Bay

St Lucia EAST COAST, ZULULAND, Ladysmith Richards BATTLEFIELDS AND DRAKENSBERG PG 32


N8

BLOEMFONTEIN

Gariep NR

Katse Estcourt MASERU Dam uKhahlamba KwaDukuza Drakensberg LESOTHO Park Pietermaritzburg LESOTHO PG 26 (WHS) Durban

N2

Aliwal North
N6 N2

Oribi Gorge NR Mkambati NR


Port Shepstone

Mthatha Mountain Zebra NP


N10

Queenstown WILD COAST PG 30 Bhisho East London

Paragliding at the Map of Africa, Wilderness.

Addo Elephant N2 Port Alfred NP Port Elizabeth

South Africa
OTHER ADVENTURES
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Mountain biking Caving Horse riding Stand-up paddle boarding Diving Sea kayaking

ON LAND
Mountain biking Cycling is one of the finest ways to explore the countrys vast and unique landscapes. The Karoo, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and West Coast are top spots for freewheeling, while the Richtersveld MTB Trail in the Northern Cape and the annual Cape Epic are aimed at hard-core riders. Tony Cook Adventures www.tonycookadventures.co.za +27 82 783 8392 Active Escapes www.active-escapes.co.za +27 33 330 6131 Wheels of Time www.capebiosphere.co.za +27 861 TRAILS (872 457) Knysna Cycleworks www.knysnacycles.co.za +27 44 382 5153 Day Trippers www.daytrippers.co.za +27 21 511 4766 SANParks www.sanparks.org.za +27 27 831 1506 Bike & Saddle www.bikeandsaddle.com +27 21 813 6433 Cape Epic www.cape-epic.com
The Cape Epic Challenge.

Kuruman Kuruman Nakop N10 Nakop

N14

N14

Caving Exploring the belly of the Cango Caves or following in the footsteps of early humans at the Cradle of Humankind top the charts for caving in South Africa. Cango Caves www.cangocaves.co.za +27 44 272 7410 Wild Cave Adventures www.wildcaves.co.za +27 11 956 6197

Augrabies Richtersveld Augrabies Falls NP Richtersveld NP Falls NP NPVioolsdrif Orange N14 Vioolsdrif Mountain biking Orange
Mountain biking
Port Nolloth Port Springbok Nolloth

N10

Upington Upington

ORANGE RIVER REGION PG 28 ORANGE RIVER REGION PG 28


N10

N14

Horse riding Horseback adventures are a great way to explore the country. You can ride with the Big Five, canter along empty beaches or even go wine tasting without worrying about drinking and driving. And if saddling up is not your thing or youve had one tipple too many and might topple you can always take a carriage ride around the vineyards. Bhangazi Horse Safaris www.horsesafari.co.za +27 83 792 7899 Wine Valley Horse Trails www.horsetrails-sa.co.za +27 21 869 8687 Wait A Little www.africanhorsesafari.com +27 83 273 9788

Springbok Verneuk Namaqua Pan NP N7 Verneuk Namaqua Pan NPOAST, NAMAQUALAND AND N7 WEST C THE CEDERBERG REGION PG 16 AND WEST COAST, NAMAQUALAND THE CEDERBERG REGION PG 16
Calvinia

Britstown Britstown De Aar


N12

N10

De Aar

Calvinia
Lambert's Bay Clanwilliam Lambert's Bay
N7

Clanwilliam
Laingsburg

KAROO PG 24 KarooAROO PG 24 K NP Karoo Beaufort West NP N1 N12 Beaufort West N9


Caving
N1 N12

N12 Mountain biking Mountain biking

Fish

Fish

Stand-up paddle Oudtshoorn boarding CAPE PENINSULA Diving Sea kayaking PG 18 Stand-up paddle CAPE TOWN PENINSULA PGGARDEN Oudtshoorn ROUTE AND boarding 18 Diving CAPE

N7 Sea kayaking

N9

Laingsburg

Caving

ROUTE 62 PG 22 WINELANDS PG 20 GARDEN ROUTE AND CAPE TOWN Knysna ROUTE 66 PG 22 Horse riding WINELANDS PG 20 Knysna
Horse riding

10

ON WATER
Stand-up paddle boarding SUP is making waves across the country. Easy to learn and a great way to get fit, its open to anyone, on almost any body of water. Hotspots include Surfers Corner in Muizenberg, Langebaan and Knysna. Tony Cook Adventures www.kitesurfingafrica.co.za +27 82 783 8392 Cape Sports Center www.capesport.co.za +27 22 772 1114 Diving South Africa has a massive variety of diving on offer. Sodwana Bay is the Mecca, with its outstanding coral reefs. Diving with tiger and hammerhead sharks is a big attraction of the KwaZulu-Natal coast, while the kelp forests in the colder waters of the Western Cape are spectacular to explore. Try to catch the Sardine Run which takes place along the Wild Coast and south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in June/July. Reefteach www.reefteach.co.za +27 35 571 0231 Adventure Mania www.adventuremania.co.za +27 82 653 7824 Sodwana Bay Lodge www.sodwanabaylodge.com +27 35 571 0117 African Watersports www.africanwatersports.co.za +27 39 973 2505 Blue Wilderness Safaris www.bluewilderness.co.za +27 83 303 1515 Pisces Divers www.piscesdivers.co.za +27 21 782 7205 Bubble Blowers www.bubbleblowers.co.za +27 21 554 3817 African Dive Adventures www.afridive.com +27 82 456 7885 Sea kayaking Langebaan, on the West Coast, offers stunning kayaking on the protected, turquoise waters of the lagoon. You can also paddle out to find whales in Walker Bay or dolphins in Plettenberg Bay. Cape Sports Center www.capesport.co.za +27 22 772 1114 Walker Bay Adventures www.walkerbayadventures.co.za +27 82 739 0159 Dolphin Adventures www.dolphinadventures.co.za +27 83 590 3405

Musina
N1

Tom Burke
N11

Thohoyandou Polokwane Kruger NP KRUGER NATIONAL PARK PG 36

N4

Madikwe GR Pilanesberg GR
Sun City/ Lost City

MPUMALANGA PG 38
N11

Mbombela
N4

Mahikeng

JOHANNESBURG
Caving

PRETORIA Middelburg
N17 N2

Komatipoort

MBABANE
SWAZILAND
Diving

N12

a Va

Piet Retief
N11 N3

Newcastle
Horse riding

Wilge

N1 N5

iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park


Bay

St Lucia EAST COAST, ZULULAND, BATTLEFIELDS ANDLadysmith PG 32 DRAKENSBERG Richards


N8

BLOEMFONTEIN

Gariep NR

Katse Estcourt Diving MASERU Dam uKhahlamba Drakensberg LESOTHO Park Pietermaritzburg (WHS) Durban LESOTHO PG 26 Mountain biking

N2

Aliwal North
N6 N2

Oribi Gorge NR
Port Shepstone

Mthatha Mountain Zebra NP


N10

Mkambati NR

Queenstown WILD COAST PG 30 Bhisho East London


N2

Sea kayaking

Addo Elephant NP

Port Alfred

Sea kayaking, Garden Route.

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MILD TO WILD
ADVENTURES & ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
The ultimate guide to adventures and activities in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and the Indian Ocean Islands. The book rates activities as TO DO, MILD or WILD, depending on intensity, as well as grouping them in categories of LAND, WATER and AIR adventures. A brief description of each activity is given, as well as contact details of companies and tour operators that can assist you in planning your adventure. Detailed maps show the location of each activity using icons which can be cross-referenced to the text entries. Maps of popular tourist regions are also featured.

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ON LAND

rated as To do, Each activity is on intensity Mild or Wild based

TO DO

MILD

WILD

2 2
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IN THE AIR
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N1

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bridge. off Bloukrans Bungee jumping

N1

Tom Burke Burke Tom


N11

Thohoyandou Thohoyandou

Kruger Kruger NP NP Polokwane Polokwane PARK PG 36 36 KRUGER NATIONAL ATIONAL PARK PG KRUGER N 38 38 MPUMALANGA PG MPUMALANGA PG

N11

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