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Cape Town Activities

Cape Town is home to many different kinds of people and types of activities. Whether you are interested in sports, adventure, culture or history, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in any of the activities mentioned below and would like more information please contact us on [email protected]

Surf Lessons

Take surf lessons at the sandy white beaches of Blouberg or Muizenburg.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting
Kitesurfing Lessons

The ultimate power kite activity. Learn to speed across the water. Lessons with a qualified instructor are at least 6 hours long and include boards, kites, harnesses, wetsuits, helmets and all appropriate safety equipment.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting
Cape Point Tour

Follow the scenic coastal roads of the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, were you can hike or mountain bike through the nature reserve. Includes: transport, lunch and entrance to the nature reserve.

  • Departs: daily
Wine Route Tour

Meander through stunning landscapes and wine farms. A must if you want to learn about wine making history, learn how to taste all styles of wine and indulge in local delicacies.

  • Departs: daily, wine tasting and lunch are included
Township Tour

Explore the culture and history of townships. Meet the locals, visit preschool, a traditional healer and even go to church on sundays. This is a must for any one who wants an authentic view of South African life.

  • Departs: daily
Township Tour & Robben Island

After spending the morning in the local town- ships, take the ferry from the Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island. Ex-inmates guide the tours and recount their experiences and hardships while imprisoned on the island.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting
Kloofing (Cliff jumping)

Hike through Kamikaze Canyon and experience a day full of adventure. This trip promises to rock your socks off as you will embark on a 65m Waterfall Abseil. Try your hand at Kloofing, jumping from 3 metres to 22 metres into a crystal clear rock pool below.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting. Min 4 pax. Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Quad Biking

After a short introduction, join a guided ride through the many tracks, trails or courses.

  • Departs: daily
Abseil Table Mountain

Abseil 112m down the world’s highest commercial abseil. Enjoy a wonderful view of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean at 1000m

  • Departs: daily
Walking Tour of Cape Town

This 3 hour guided walk through the city centre focuses on the history of Cape Town from the days of Dutch settlement though the Apartheid years and into the time of the new nation. You will pass milestones like the Castle Of Good Hope, the District Six Museum and Company’s Gardens.

  • Departs: daily
Shark Cage Diving

See the Great White Shark face-to-face in its natural habitat. The experienced and specialised crew in Gansbaai will take you to “Shark Alley”, the prime spot for shark cage diving.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Skydiving

Experience a tandem jump or take lessons and do a solo jump. During the 20 minute aircraft-ride, you will have an awesome view of the West Coast, Cape Town, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Then enjoy an exhilarating free-fall at 200kph followed by a peaceful parachute-ride.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting
Paragliding

Go for a paragliding flight in Cape Town seeing all the great sights from the air, fly from Lions Head and land on the field in front of The Bungalow, between Camps Bay and Clifton beaches or over Sea Point from Signal Hill landing on the famous Sea Point Promenade next to the beautiful atlantic ocean.

  • Departs: daily, weather permitting
Big 5 Safari

View South Africa’s Big 5 in their natural surroundings inside a 4 star private nature reserve. Join us for a 2-3 hour game drive in a 4×4 Safari vehicle with an experienced ranger guide.

  • Departs: daily, buffet breakfast & lunch, as well as refreshments are included
Sandboarding

Learn sandboarding in a safe and fun-filled environment. You are provided with high quality equipment and experienced guides.

  • Departs: daily, Refreshments are included

Johannesburg Activities

Johannesburg is home to many different kinds of people and types of activities. Whether you are interested in sports, adventure, culture or history, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in any of the activities mentioned below and would like more information please contact us on [email protected]

Soweto Bicycle Tour

An opportunity of a lifetime to see and learn more about Soweto’s history, its people and life today with this full day experience of cycling through Soweto. The tour offers a lot of stops for you to have both a relaxed and adventurous tour. The tour offers you a visit to all historical landmarks around our part of Soweto as well as some of the hidden spots. You will also enter the Hector Pieterson Museum, commemorating the Student Uprisings in 1976. See the many different faces of Soweto as we tour within small communities as well as a few busy streets. Experience the hard conditions in the squatter camps and learn what projects are in place to offer a better life for the most underprivileged. See as well how other parts of Soweto has grown and developed and how small suburbs with a few “mansions” here and there have popped up.

  • All our tours at 10am and 1pm include lunch which is either served after the tour – 10am slot – or before the tour – 1:00 pm slot. Lunch is served at Lebo’s backpackers “outdoor restaurant” with seating in the community park.
  • Choose between 2hr, 4hr and full day tours
Soweto Tuk Tuk Tour

Our tuk tuk tour is another interactive tour experience that takes you to the back streets of Soweto as well as the famous historical sites around. Move easily from neighbourhood to neighbourhood in our three-wheeler while you easily meet and greet people along the way and step out in the various areas to take in the culture, life and history.

  • All our tours at 10am and 1pm include lunch which is either served after the tour – 10am slot – or before the tour – 1:00 pm slot. Lunch is served at Lebo’s backpackers “outdoor restaurant” with seating in the community park.
  • Choose between 2hr and 4hr tours
Soweto Walking Tour

Take a relaxed stroll around our area of Orlando West. Our guide will take you past historical sites as well as giving you an insight into the different streets and neighbourhoods you are passing through. Learn some lingo and greetings and interact with people along the route. See Soweto on foot on this interactive stroll around the township. We will greet and talk to people as we go and take in the history from the various sites on route. Visit places such as the former men’s hostel in Mzhimhlope and learn about the history of mine workers and the conditions they lived in. Continue walking to the Hector Pieterson Memorial site and learn about the Student’s Uprisings on 16 June 1976. Walk down Vilakazi street to view the former home of Nelson Mandela as well as where Bishop Desmond Tutu lives. Stop at a local shebeen for a refreshing drink and walk to Lebo’s backpackers where you will enjoy a lunch in the outdoor restaurant.

  • Tours run daily and last approximately 3 hours
Sun City & Pilanesburg Full Day Tour

Pilanesberg National Park
Situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, the Pilanesberg National Park promises thrilling big game viewing.

Sun City
Sun City in South Africa is internationally recognized for its superb resort offering of hotels, attractions and world-class events. From the lavish opulence of The Palace of the Lost City the casual elegance of the Cascades to the tropical thrills of the Valley of the Waves, Sun City delivers plenty to see and do in a beautiful landscape.

The Valley Of Waves (optinal)
Sun City’s premier water theme park that looks like a picture-postcard tropical island, complete with a sandy beach and lapping turquoise waters generated by a powerful wave machine.

  • Departs: daily at 06:30 – 09:00 and returns at 17:00
Cullinan Mine & Pretoria Full Day

See Union Building
South Africa’s Union Buildings, the official seat of the national government, house the offices of the president and are located in Tshwane. Though not in the center of Pretoria the Union Buildings occupy the highest point of Pretoria, and constitute a South African national heritage site.

Paul Kruger House
The Kruger house was built in 1884. Paul Kruger took a leading role in the Transvaal War against Britain in 1889-1881. At the age of 57 Kruger was elected President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) and took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria.

Voortrekker Monument
The majestic Voortrekker Monument is situated in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting.

Cullinan Mine Surface Walk
The Cullinan/Premier Diamond Mine is situated 40km east of Pretoria in the town of Cullinan. This tour covers the history of the mine, mining methods and the geological processes of that are responsible for the creation of diamondsDeparts: daily at 08:30 – 09:00 and returns at 17:00

Cradle of Humankind Half Day Tour

Mrs. Ples & Little Foot
In 1947 a scientist found the almost complete skull of an adult female and initially named the skull Plesianthropus transvaalensis (near-man from Transvaal), but it became better known by its nickname, Mrs. Ples. In 1997, a near complete skeleton of a second species of Australopithecus was found in the caves. The skeleton was named Little Foot, since the first parts found (in 1995, in storage) were the bones of a foot.

The Caves
Sterkfontein (Afrikaans for Strong Spring) is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists located in Gauteng province, about 40 km (23 miles) Northwest of Johannesburg. Sterkfontein is a South African National Heritage Site and was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and the area in which it is situated, was named the Cradle of Humankind.

The new scientific exhibition
The new scientific exhibition showcases a reconstruction of a mined cave – formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils, among other topics. It describes in detail important finds, as well as providing information about fossilisation, palaeobotany and landscapes.

  • Departs: from your hotel or guesthouse in the Johannesburg area
  • Daily Tours in the morning – departs at 08:00 and returns at 12:00
  • Daily Tours in the afternoon – depart at 13:00 and returns at 17:00
Ghandi Half Day Tour

Hamid Mosque
This is a mosque build for the Johannesburg muslims from Sultan Abdulhamid II. He served as the Imam of Quwatul Islam Masjid in Rander and was well renowned for his beautiful recitation of the Quran-e-Kareem.

Indian Crematorium
Gandhi played a role in the building of the first Hindu crematorium in Johannesburg, and the first in Africa. In 1908 Gandhi was approached to help find a suitable plot for a crematorium.Finally, after Gandhi had left the country, the wood-burning crematorium was built in 1918, and it still stands, although a brick gas-fired crematorium was built in 1956, which is still used.

Gandhi’s House
This house was from 1908 to 1909, the home of Mohandas Gandhi. Within these walls, the future Mahatma has developed his philosophy of passive resistance: Satyagraha in Sanskrit. The house was built in 1907, by a close friend and companion of Gandhi, the German architect Hermann Kallenbach and now brought back to life.

The Troyville House
Bed and Breakfast Hotel and its restaurant is known as one of the best places to eat in Johannesburg.

Satyagraha Guest House
One hundred years ago, Mohandas Gandhi lived in this house in Johannesburg. Today, the Satyagraha House is both a museum and a guest house. A unique way to immerse yourself in the privacy of a man and the history of a country. The name comes from his philosophy of passive resistance: Satyagraha in Sanskrit.

Africa Museum
Museum Africa is an historical museum in Johannesburg and was established in 1933. It is housed in the city’s former fruit and vegetable market in Newtown. The museum has collections of African material culture from across the continent. It also houses The Geology Museum and the Bensusan Museum of Photography.

  • Departs: from your hotel or guesthouse in the Johannesburg area
  • Daily Tours in the morning – departs at 08:00 – 9:00 and returns at 12:00
  • Daily Tours in the afternoon – depart at 13:00 and returns at 17:00
Full Day Hiking Tour

Go on an incredible hike through theMagaliesberg mountains where not only will we describe all the unique and indigenous plant life to you but also keep a sharp eye out for kudu, impala and zonkies. We also spend some time at the historic sites along the path which include an old cave used as a hospital in the Boer War, Dolomite mines and a tree school. The usual route we take covers 11km with an attitude gain of about 400m. The hiking time average out at about 5 hours with a lunch break at the ‘Chalk Oven’. The hike concludes with an epic pulley system cable car to get across the river. Nothing scary but just adds a little adventure to the hike. And yes we have hiking routes to suite all levels of fitness ranging from 5km to 11km. The standard route covers 11km.

Included:
Return transfers from Johannesburg to the hiking venue
Picnic Lunch
5 hour guided hike through the natural environment
All entrance fees and conservation permits
Guide and ranger
Complimentary bottled water
Basic first aid kit
Walking Poles

  • Departs: daily and if it rains, ponchos are provided
Magalies River Valley Scenic Balloon Safari

This magical balloon safari will is the perfect opportunity to get some spectacular views of the Magalies Rivier Valley. Balloons go up every morning including weekends, weather permitting. You will be welcomed with hot coffee, tea, biscuits and muffins before take off just prior to sun-rise (dependant on time of the year). Your flight will departure from The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site on the border of Gauteng and North West Province, near Hartebeesport Dam which is 45 kilometers north-west of Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs. The flight is about an hour long (depending on weather conditions).

  • Departs: daily

Kruger Activities

There are many other activities to do around the Kruger area. Whether you are interested in sports, adventure, culture or history, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in booking any of the activities mentioned below, please contact us on [email protected] and we will send you more information and rates.

QUAD BIKING
Set out on a quad bike along beautiful trails, winding your way through the thick bush of the Sabie Valley. Discover the beauty of the region, passing through lush plantations and into the African bush. The tour is led by a qualified guide who will help you identify the local birdlife and any animals encountered. At the end, rest in the dappled shade of a tree overlooking one of the regions picturesque waterfalls and have a refreshing, tasty picnic lunch.

  • Duration: between 2 to 3 hours with several stops to rest and take in the scenic views over the Sabie River.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
The lower-Sabie River is one of the best introductions newbie’s can have to white water rafting. Anyone can take part, including children, depending on the level of the water. The trips take place on inflatable rafts, and groups can range in size up to 40 people. The course covers 8km and is suitable for novice rafters. There are 20 rapids, the hardest of which is grade 3, which is considered easy. The excursion is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the river and spot some of the many different species of birds which live in the area. There will be moments in-between the rapids where you can swim in the clean water and attempt to wave surf and boogie board. This is a fun day out for families especially those with teenagers! At the end you will be treated to a delicious picnic lunch.

  • Daily
  • Includes lunch and all safety equipment

ABSEILING
Challenge yourself by abseiling down Makuhlu, a 27 metre boulder that is perfect for abseiling. Hike up the back of the mountain and enjoy sweeping views of the Sabie River into the Kruger National Park before securely attaching yourself to the guide rope and bounding down the rock face for a thrilling experience.

  • Daily
  • All safety equipment is provided

ZIP LINE
South Africa offers some of the best zip line experiences in the World. Imagine speeding out into the air at speeds of up to 100km per hour, and over 77 meters off the ground. Feel the rush and hear the wind whistling in your ears as you rush towards the ground. This is a great addition to a safari in the Kruger National Park.

  • Daily
  • All safety equipment is provided

MOUNTAIN BOARDING
Mountain boarding is like skate-boarding down the mountainside in the manner of sand boarding, just with a few more obstacles. This is a thrilling adventure for adrenaline seekers looking for something completely different. The activity takes place on forestry roads and you pass through some scenic forests. You will start with a training session on the gentle grass slopes to help you find your balance before taking on the more rugged mountain paths. It is recommended that you bring along some old clothes that you dont mind getting dirty for this activity.

  • Daily
  • Safety helmets and pads are provided

AFRICAN CULTURE SHANGANA
Immerse yourself in the traditional culture of the Shangaan people of South Africa. Taste ethnic dishes, experience traditional dance and singing and meet the locals on a visit to Shangana. South Africa is known for its many vibrant cultures and any holiday in the country should include some aspect of culture. If you are on holiday near Kruger National Park you can visit Shangana, an authentic cultural village. The people who live there are enthusiastic about showing people their cultural traditions. Many consider this visit to be a highlight of their holiday. During a visit to the village you will have the chance to experience the authentic traditions of the Shangaan. The Shangaan people are related to the Tsonga people. They live in the area between the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kruger National Park. There are tours conducted throughout the day by an English speaking guide. The guide will be from the village and usually speaks good English. They are very friendly, and are more than willing to answer any questions that you may have. The tour starts at the entrance where there is a market that sells beautifully crafted traditional jewellery that the Chief’s wife and daughters make.

Learn about village life and meet the Chief
You will be lead down a fairly steep path to the Chief’s house. The guide will then speak about how to pay your respects to the Chief. All around you the rest of the family go about their traditional way of life. One of the women pounds maize, or makes peanut butter the traditional way. Watch how the women craft intricate beadwork creations – maybe even test your own skills at beading.

Hand-crafted souvenirs
At the entrance there is a craft shop where you can buy beautifully crafted souvenirs. A great bonus here is that you can often meet the person who crafted the necklace or carving that you want to buy. This village is a community initiative and all the proceeds benefit the local community. By visiting Shangana you are helping support the village – sustainable tourism at its best.

Try a traditional delicacy
If you are on an evening tour you can taste traditional delicacies such as fried Maize worms or Crocodile. The main meal is usually chicken – something more familiar that won’t have you feeling squeamish. The food is cooked in the traditional manner and even the children should find something that they like.

Dancing to a different beat
The real highlight of the evening has to be the entertainment. The show features a range of energetic traditional dance routines, accompanied by drumming and melodious singing. Many of the tribes of Africa have a strong tradition of song and oral storytelling. The high paced routines will leave you feeling breathless as they keep in perfect rhythm. The performances are often interactive and guests often join in with the song and dance. Pamphlets are handed out with translations so that you can follow the story. The evening often incorporates elements from their many myths and legends.

Spend the night in a traditional home
You can also choose to sleep overnight in the village in a guest hut. These are beautifully constructed out of clay and are thatched. You will sleep in the traditional African manner on a mat on the floor. It may not sound glamorous, but is more comfortable than you might think and will allow you to experience how many people throughout Africa live.

  • Daily

THE CHIMPANZEE EDEN
Come and meet our primate cousins while on holiday in South Africa. Visit the Chimp Eden near Nelspruit and encounter one of the rarest creatures in the world. This is one of the easiest ways to see Chimpanzees in a semi-wild habitat. Many people have seen Chimpanzees on Television, but few have the chance to see them in real life. The Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa is where the program Escape to Chimp Eden, shown on Animal Planet is filmed. You can visit the sanctuary and see these Chimps for yourself. The sanctuary is perhaps the easiest way to see Chimpanzees outside of a zoo.  Two of these tours coincide with feeding time and you can watch the animals forage for food and treats. A visit to this sanctuary is one of the best ways to see Chimpanzees behaving naturally.

  • Open daily
  • There are guided tours offered three times a day at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.

HIKE SABIE VALLEY
Many tourists miss some of South Africa’s best hiking routes which are just outside of the Kruger National Park. These day trips would make a great addition to a safari holiday. The Sabie River Valley offers some interesting hikes for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of various trails that pass through the Pine and Gum tree plantations and picturesque indigenous forest in the valley. This article is going to focus on the day trails that can be done in the area. However, there are several famous overnight trails in the area, the most famous of which is probably the Fanie Botha Trail.

The Loerie Trail
Perhaps the most famous of these must be the Loerie Trail. This route starts at the Castle Rock Caravan Park by the Bridal Veil Falls. It is a fairly challenging 10 km walk that passes several picturesque waterfalls, including Glynis and Elna Falls. It ascends the sides of the valley allowing you to take in the sweeping views. The final section of the route follows the beautiful Sabie River, and you might be lucky enough to see Hippo and Crocodiles. The trail is named after the beautiful green Knysna Loerie and you should keep a look out for them in the forests during your hike. There are many natural streams and during the rains many seasonal waterfalls and rare wildflowers, make this one of the most scenic hikes in the country. The water is bilharzia free, so pack your swimming costume and have a dip to cool off.

The Forest Falls Nature Walk
A shorter trail which is a great option for a family outing, perhaps with teenagers is the Forest Falls trail. It is a 4km circular route which leaves from the Green Heritage Picnic Site. This walk takes you through fragrant pine plantations, and into pristine low veldt bush. It continues along the Mac Mac River to the Forest Falls. The different trees along this route are all named, adding to the hike. The birding is excellent and you should keep a look out for the many species that live in the region. To get to the Green Heritage Picnic Site take the R532 towards Graskop, and just after you cross the railway line the picnic area is on the right.

The Graskop Day Trail
This trail forms part of the Fanie Botha Trail and begins at the Graskop Hut. It is fairly easy hike if you have a reasonable level of fitness. The route is 13km long and takes you through the scenic pine plantations for the first few kilometres before descending into indigenous bush. A highlight of the excursion is the Forest Falls. This trail is great for birding enthusiasts.

Maps and Permits
You need to obtain a permit or pay an entrance fee to do these hikes. Permits and route maps can be purchased from Merry Pebbles, the Lowveld Tourism Information Center, Komatiland Eco-Tourism, Mac Mac Forest Retreat and Valley View Backpackers. For the longer hikes, allow yourself between 3 and 4 hours to do the route at a leisurely pace. During the rainy season the roads can become very muddy and the trails slippery, so wear good hiking shoes.

What to bring
Remember to wear a swimming costume (so you can cool off in the crystal clear pools). Please only cool off in the mountain streams and pools and not the rivers. Take a towel, sun block, sunglasses, a hat and at least 1 litre of water. Perhaps take a light pack with a picnic lunch to enjoy in a scenic spot.