The Best Outdoor Activities in South Africa

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike up Table Mountain, Cape Town

South Africa / Platteklip Gorge Trailhead

After parking at the lot near the Platteklip Gorge trailhead, start hiking south up the path.

John Chau
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Visit the Cape Point Lighthouse

South Africa / Cape Point

This adventure starts at the Cape Point parking lot, from where one can also begin other adventures.

John Chau
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Hike to Wally's Cave on Lion's Head

South Africa / Lion's Head - Icarus Paragliding

At the bottom (not really the bottom, but the parking on the way to Signal Hill) you take the jeep track until you reach the paragliders launch point.

Hike up Devil's Peak

South Africa / Devil's Peak, Cape Town

Starting from the parking lot on Tafelberg Road, simply head south from the trailhead and follow the path as it meanders up multiple switchbacks.

John Chau
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Watch the Sunset at Signal Hill

South Africa / Signal HIll

This is a much easier and less adventurous sunset trip than hiking up Lions Head to watch the sunset, so it's better suited for families with small children or folks who aren't too keen on wild adven.

John Chau
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Hike to Diaz Beach

South Africa / Diaz Beach Trailhead

After parking at the Cape Point parking lot, simply take the small unpaved path that leads south towards the ocean.

John Chau
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Hike to the top of Chapman's Peak

South Africa / Chapman's Peak Trailhead

Starting from the trailhead on Chapman's Peak Drive (one of the most scenic drives in the world), simply follow the trail up as it gradually climbs up east toward a 4-junction.

John Chau
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Explore Noordhoek Beach

South Africa / Noordhoek Beach

The northernmost part of Noordhoek Beach that touches the jagged rocks of Chapman's Peak is the more scenic place to start exploring (see map location for directions to the north parking lot).

John Chau
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Shark Diving in Gaansbai

South Africa / Detour Africa

Although this adventure usually takes place in Gaansbai (due to the higher percentage of Great Whites in the water there), you typically will be picked up in Cape Town at a hotel or hostel by the tou.

John Chau
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Hike Sentinel Peak

South Africa / Sentinel Car Park

Sentinel Peak is a great day trip, but if you can spend the night it will reward you will magnificent sunset and sunrise views! The 7.

Bryan Young
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Photograph the Big 5 at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

South Africa / Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, South Africa

A South African Safari in the game reserve of Sabi Sabi, or most of the reserves in South Africa, is an incredible experience, which gives you the unique opportunity to see these stunning animals cal.

Lucas Pols
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Visit the Slangkop Lighthouse

South Africa / Slangkop Lighthouse

After parking in the dirt parking lot, you can simply walk over to the lighthouse (if it's open) and talk to the kind staff there who might let you in for a peek (or a small fee).

John Chau
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Experience Sani Pass

South Africa / Sani Pass

Sani Pass is the highest mountain pass in South Africa, connecting the town of Underberg in KZN to Mokhotlong in Lesotho.

Bryan Young
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Sandboard the Brenton-On-Sea Dunes

South Africa / Brenton-On-Sea Dunes Parking

Just west of the city of Knysna, halfway on the southern coast of South Africa, sits Brenton-On-Sea - a beach town on the Southern Ocean.

Michael Gabbert
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Hike Tranquility Cracks via the Pipe Tracks

South Africa / Kasteelpoort

Tranquility Cracks is one of Cape Town's best-kept secrets, despite it being near a main trail and done in under 4 hours.

Joshua Weiss
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Hike the Pipe Track

South Africa / Pipe Track

A favourite sunset walk for many Capetonians, the Pipe Track is a flat, easy out-and-back walk snaking along the contour line of the front side of Table Mountain and the Apostles.

Trent + Georgie
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Paraglide over Knysna

South Africa / Cloud Nine Hill

If driving the Garden Route on South Africa’s southern coast, the city of Knysna is a can’t miss.

Michael Gabbert
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