5 South African Adventures To Experience Without Leaving The City

There’s no need to travel for hours to get your heart pumping.


Megan Flemmit |

There’s no question that life gets tougher as you age. The responsibilities keep piling on, and taking time out is difficult. Trying to squeeze in an adventure is almost impossible. Those are usually saved for your end of year holiday.

Adventures don’t just make you less stressed and increase your happiness, they also make you smarter. A study observing the mental function of middle aged adults who took three 45-minute walks per week for a year, showed that their brains grew by an average of two percent. Boost your brain function and preserve your memory by taking to the outdoors regularly.

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But you don’t always have to travel to the wild for an adventure. We’ve found the perfect adventures in the city that’ll get your heart pumping.

1.    Move Like The Wind With Cape Town Ziplining

Experience the most exhilarating activities in the Mother City. Cape Town Ziplining is a thrilling adventure situated on the southern side of Table Mountain. Rated as one of Africa’s best, it’s the perfect activity for someone seeking an adventure.

You’ll begin with a short briefing at the SA Forest Adventure’s office at Silvermist Estate. A short guided 4X4 drive into the mountain follows, after which you’ll begin ziplining. The highest zipline is 155 metres high. The tour is around 2.3km in total with seven cables ranging from 190m to 507m long.

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Cost: From 580 pp

2.    Swing Into Action At Moses Mabhida Stadium

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Let go of your fears and free fall 80m into Moses Mabhida’s stadium bowl. On the 14 May 2011, Guinness World Book of records named the Big Swing the world’s tallest swing. Feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins as you take the leap off the platform and swing into a 220m arc.

The stadium itself offers other adrenaline pumping activities. Take the SkyCar up to take in the mesmerising views surrounding the city, or if you’re brave go on an adventure walk to the top of the stadium arch.

Cost: R695

3. Abseil Down The Orlando Towers

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While the Orlando Towers is commonly known for its bungee jump, it also hosts various other adventures you that will set your heart racing. What was once the cooling towers for the Orlando Power Station now boasts a host of adventure activities. They’re also painted with murals in bright colours.

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Take your adventure into your own hands as your abseil down the towers. No experience or equipment needed – just show up for the time of your life.

Prefer descending face forward instead of backwards? Go rap jumping instead. It’s similar to abseiling, but you descending facing the ground. It’s the perfect way to take in the vast space around you while getting your adrenaline pumping.

Cost: R450 pp

4. Paraglide Off Lions Head

Take flight for this adventure as you soar above the city, taking in the all the breathtaking views it has to offer. Drink in sights of the ocean, the mountainous landscapes and the bustling city.

Paraglide off Lions Head with Cape Town Tandem Paragliding. No experience is necessary for this adventure as you’ll be connected to a pilot the entire time. Your pilot will instruct you on what to do just before the flight.

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Cost: R1300

5. Satisfy Your Inner Climber

Looking for a more indoor adventure? Rock climbing is your activity of choice. Experience a similar sensation as outdoor rock climbers, but in a more controlled and secure environment.

Most places cater to both newbie and experienced climbers, and provide gear on-site. Come with your excitement, leave with your blood filled with adrenaline. Indoor rock climbing is perfect for those looking for a challenge. We recently tested out the giant playground at CityROCK which was both interesting and fun.

Cost: R270 for a day pass and gear rental

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