Unique things to do in South Africa
Updated: Jul 14, 2022
There is no doubt that time spent in South Africa will be filled with fun activities. With experiences ranging from hiking and sailing to wine tasting, everyone will find something to enjoy. But what about something completely unique and different? Here are some suggestions for fun and unique things to do in South Africa that will make interesting stories to tell to family and friends back home.
Bungee jump off Soweto Towers (Gauteng)
Feeling brave? This 100m jump will see you plunge from the suspension bridge of the decommissioned coal-fired power station. Bookings via the Vertical Adventure Centre are on a first-come, first-served basis from R630 per person.
Not for the faint-hearted, or those afraid of heights!
Go sandboarding in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
A visit to the banks of the Sundays River near Port Elizabeth is a must if you have a need for speed. Or a love of snowboarding.
Feel the sun on your face, and the wind in your hair, as you smoothly glide over the sand.
Be sure to pack some sun cream, sturdy shoes, and a sense of adventure!
Zipline over Storms River (Eastern Cape)
Taking place on a cable suspended 30 meters above the forest floor, the two-and-a-half-hour Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour is the first of its kind in Africa.
Gaze at Hard Pear Trees, Giant Yellow Woods, and Tree Ferns from high above as you zipline between platforms.
Cost: R630 + R65 (concession and permit fees) = R695 per person. This includes water, a guide, equipment, and a certificate.
See pixies and faeries in Swellendam (Western Cape)
Hidden away on a side road in Swellendam, the Sulina Faerie Sanctuary is home to many garden faerie folk.
Throughout the garden, you will see a variety of imps, elves, faeries, and gnomes created by local artists. They are usually hidden behind vines, peeking out from under flowers, or watching you from trees.
A short walk down the garden path will lead you to a small house filled with faerie paraphernalia, such as figures, accessories, lights, and even faerie dust.
Stay the night on a train in Mossel Bay (Western Cape)
All aboard the Santos Express Train Lodge, a genuine train situated on the Santos Beach in the seaside town of Mossel Bay.
There are cabins for every price point and taste, from single compartments to honeymoon cabooses. With all cabins facing the sea and facilities including an onsite restaurant, this is the ultimate summer getaway!
Just 30m from the Indian Ocean, sit out and watch dolphins, seals, and whales at play.
Ziplining over Storms River
Photo courtesy of Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour