What’s the craziest thing you can say you’ve done on holiday?
If you’ve ridden atop a racing ostrich or fed a white shark whilst inside a cage, then you’ve earned our jealousy and Gay Star News would love to see photos.
For those who want a vacation where they can scratch that adventure itch, buckle in tight for these death-defying, nature loving, high-five-when-you’re-done worthy type things available in a destination that is a world its own: South Africa.
The Rainbow Nation is Africa’s southern-most point and shares a latitude only with Madagascar, Australia, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
South Africa may be geologically off the beaten track, but its bounty of rugged and beautiful natural landscape is a great escape for travelers looking to embrace the amazing and sometimes hair-raising wonders of nature.
In the 1800s, when the ostrich feather suddenly became a fashion statement in Europe, the small town of Oudtshoorn took hold of the industry.
The dry and flat environment of Karoo was ideal for ostrich populations, and so the ostrich farms boomed, exporting over 1000 kg of feathers per year.
Most fashions change, but Oudtshoorn is still on the run. Now a tourist attraction, there are plenty of souvenirs handcrafted from ostrich feathers, ostrich eggs (one feeds 20 people!) and of course ostrich riding!
A full-grown ostrich weighs about 120kg but can run up to 70km per hour. Wrap and go!
Dyers Island is the spot to visit if you definitely want to see a white shark circle around you. Located on the Western Cape, the southern-most tip of the continent, the shark population year-round is one of the biggest in the world.
This is because the Cape fur seals make their home in the rocky shores and sandy beaches of the region, also becoming the main food source of the great white.
Even though it is always possible to go white shark cage diving, the best months to do so are between May and October. You do not need any prior diving experience.
Hermanus ranks in the top 12 whale watching spots in the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Whether you are on the beach, on a boat, or viewing from the cliff path famous for its spectacular mountain and ocean views, the ocean giants are well within view.
During September to November it is almost guaranteed to see a whale, as this is the breeding period of the Southern Right Whale and Hermanus is a preferred breeding spot.
Chances are lions are also watching you as you watch them.
The man who built Lions Sands camps in 1933 reportedly told his daughter not to fear the lion’s roar, but the lions’ silence.
While the 10,000 acres of Lion Sands Game Reserve are home to luxury resort lodges, fully equipped with air conditioning and oversized windows, those looking for a real adventure should ask for the Chalkley Treehouse.
A former photographer’s platform has been reinforced in the treehouse with a bed, netting and lanterns – all you’ll need to survive a night out in the wild.
You may also need your wits, as the area is popular with lions and hyenas, whichare known to come out at night.
The CEO of South Africa’s tourism board has done it. Couples have done it on their honeymoons.
You can do it too: bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge.
Standing at a height of 216m, the bridge has received a number of world records including:
- World’s highest commercial bungee jump (2013)
- Veronica Dean performed 19 bungee jumps in one hour
- Bill Boshoff performed 101 jumps in a 24-hour period.
- Scott Huntley regained the world record with 107 jumps in a24 hour period
Bloukrans Bridge also happens to be the first bridge in Africa anyone bungee-jumped off.