Top 3 Adventure Travel Destinations in Southern Africa

Top 3 Adventure Travel Destinations in Southern Africa

Southern Africa is one of the world’s most popular destinations for adventurer travelers. Whilst this part of Africa boasts many fine attractions, these are the Top 3 according to the adventure travel experts at African Safari Home who have over 20 years experience in luxury safaris and adventure travel packages.

3. Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Town

The Western Cape in South Africa includes the magnificent Cape Town and the sublime Garden Route area. Whale watching along the Garden Route is some of the finest in the world as each year the Southern Right whales visit the shallower waters to give birth to their young, making for a spectacular whale watching opportunity.

The Garden Route is also home to some of the best shark cage diving in the world as hundreds of sharks are attracted by the local seal colonies in the Gaans Bay area. Shark cage diving can be enjoyed year round with the most popular time being from November to February.

Cape Town is frequently voted one of the top 10 cities to visit in the world and boasts a wide variety of adventure activities. The spectacular Table Mountain is a must visit attraction for keen mountain climbers and the many trails in the local forests and surrounding mountains attract mountain bikers from around the world. You can also enjoy deep-sea fishing, shark cage diving, excellent surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving in the Cape.

2. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Zambia

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the world’s biggest waterfall and one of the most popular tourist attractions on the continent. There is however more to Vic Falls than just a spectacular sighting, the area offers an abundance of thrill seeking opportunities.

The Bungee jumping at Victoria Falls is world-class and you’ll find yourself 364 ft in the air (111m) looking out over the most fantastic of surroundings before launching off the platform. The mighty Zambezi River which feeds the Falls is also one of the finest places on earth to enjoy white water rafting, from easy joy rides to large five star rated rapids for the experienced. If you enjoy fishing the Zambezi is the home of the fierce Tiger fish, the most intense fresh water fighting fish on the planet!

1. Kruger Park, South Africa

Kruger Park

There are few experiences more exciting than a Big 5 African Safari and the Kruger Park is arguably the best place to experience this. You can choose to go the traditional route and view some of the biggest and wildest animals on the planet on a 4×4 vehicle, or you can get right up close and elevate your adrenaline on a horseback safari, getting you close to lion, rhino and elephant, a sure way to kick start your adrenal gland. The Kruger Park additionally boasts over 140 species of mammal, the most anywhere in Africa and provides a wide range of accommodation from camping to five star luxury lodges. If you are a thrill seeker however, try the tented accommodation out in the wild and have your senses on edge with the sounds of lion, leopard, hyena and many more nocturnal animals as they hunt or search for prey in the still of the night.

For more information on adventure travel in Southern Africa visit AfricanSafariHome.com or see their page on luxury African safaris for a wide range of different safari options.

African Safari Home has over 20 years experience creating adventure and luxury safaris in South and East Africa, with best rates at over 300 lodges, camps and hotels.

How about you?

  • What do you think of Southern Africa?
  • Would you like to go to these places? Why or why not?
  • Or have you already visited here before? How was it?

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17 comments

  1. Aileen, I've been to Capetown and it's just really really pretty. Spent 1 month there but still not enough. It's really my favorite adventure place, up to now.

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  2. I loved exploring the Western Cape in South Africa earlier in the year, though we only had a couple of days in southern Africa so there's much more for me to still discover. Haven't been to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Zambia, or Kruger National Park, but they're all on the list! Hopefully soon!!!

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  3. Have not been to South Africa yet, but it is a country we'd love to visit. It's incredible how close you got the big 5. Amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing

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  4. The Western Cape is at the top of my travel bucket list for all of the reasons you mentioned. The food scene in Cape Town is great too, and the Western Cape is home to some fabulous wineries too. There are. It a lot of places where you can combine wine tasting and shark cage diving in one day!

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    1. Oh Cape Town is indeed a wonder! Hope you get to visit sometime soon!

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  5. Oh my gosh, too many amazing things to look at. I have seen rhinos in the wild in Nepal and my heart was beating like crazy. I imagine this is the same feeling!

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    1. I bet it is, Laura!

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  6. I've been to the Zambian side o Victoria Falls and loved it! Kruger National Park has been on my list and I hope to get there soon.

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    1. Kruger is praised by a lot of people, I think you will absolutely love it too!

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  7. I'm so glad I read this post, as I'm in the early stages of planning a trip to South Africa. That photo of the big cats out for a stroll just seems so cool!

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    1. That's so awesome!! I hope you enjoy your future trip to SA — well, I bet you will!

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  8. The African continent is blessed with so much natural beauty, both its wildlife and scenery. A safari at Kruger National Park would be incredible, seeing any of the big 5 in the wild would be a dream come true.

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    1. I totally agree with you!

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  9. Southern Africa has indeed many nice adventures to offer! We would be tempted by Victoria Falls and for the epic wildlife watching! Very inspiring article!

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    1. Thanks Nat!

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  10. Well, from this list I've only been to Cape Town and even that it was just for a short time. So, all this places are for sure on my bucket list. I absolutely have to visit the Kruger Park one day! I think it must be the most amazing place on earth were you can get up close with all the wild animals. But I would never guess that they have a horseback safari. I guess you have to be quite a good rider to participate in it... just in case you come across a big cat ;)

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    1. Haha you might be right about that ;)

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