Whether you head out hiking on the famous Cape of Good Hope or go on a safari in the easterly coastal plains, South Africa offers plenty of great options for outdoor adventures. Mountaineering and rock climbing are also popular pastimes on the giant peninsula!
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South Africa is a spectacularly diverse country that boasts plenty of incredible outdoor adventure opportunities. Due to its southerly location and unique terrain, it has the most diverse weather and scenery of any country on the whole continent.
Among the aforementioned activities that adventure tourists flock to the country to participate in, rock climbing is among the most popular.
The top spots for the sport are generally in the southerly Cape Fold Mountains. Heading out to Magaliesburg (near Johannesburg) for fantastic trad and sport climbing; or the Cederberg Mountains (near Cape Town) are two of the most popular spots.
Hiking can be done throughout the country, but is especially popular on the Cape of Good Hope and around Table Mountain, both of which are close to Cape Town.
Along with these well-established and popular activities, there are also plenty of less orthodox ones as well. These include ziplining through the forest canopies in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and in the Central Drakensberg region.
Exploring the Congo Caves, near Oudtshoorn, is another popular half-day attraction that is unl;ike any other adventure you’ll find in the country.
South Africa has an interesting mix of climate zones. The central plateau has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters, while the coast has a distinctly Mediterranean climate and is mild throughout the year. Most of the country experiences rainfall in the summer.
Depending on where you go in South Africa, it is likely you will fly into one of various international airports. However, the most popular starting points are generally Cape Town International Airport (CPT), the King Shaka International Airport (DUR), in Durban, or the O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), in Johannesburg. Most guides will opt to meet you at one of these airports or provide details about how to get to the start of your trip.
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