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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.