Thunderous waterfalls, majestic oceans, placid lakes, and seemingly endless rivers – some are close to beautiful cities, far off the beaten track, or even near Southern Africa’s game lodges. There are tons of amazing Things to Do in South Africa for all of those looking to have amazing water-based adventures during their vacation in the country.Five South Africa water sports that every adventure lover should try while visiting.Learn all about the things to do in South Africa.
5 Water Adventures – Things to Do in South Africa
Dhow sailing in the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
The Quirimbas archipelago is a chain of 32 islands located in the Indian Ocean, just north of Mozambique. It is the quintessential beach-holiday paradise. One of the activities on your bucket list during your stay has to be sailing on a dhow – a hand-crafted wooden boat with lateen sails.
This is the ideal way to explore the marine utopia. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can stop in the middle of the ocean and dive into the clear blue water and discover a fascinating underwater world. Lying back in the dhow and looking to the sky, is the perfect way to watch the idyllic sunset.
Riding in a Mokoro in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
The Okavango Delta is known for its epic safaris. The inland river delta floods seasonally and becomes a haven for wildlife. The best way to experience the diversity of the region is to travel down the rivers in a traditional hewn out canoe known as a Mokoro. The tranquility combined with the thrill of spotting animals such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles and birds is a phenomenal feeling.
Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls (also known as Mosi-oa-tunya, meaning ‘Smoke that thunders’) needs to be seen to be believed. The legendary waterfall is located on the Zambezi River (at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.) It reaches a height of 108 meters and a width of 1688 meters. A mind boggling five hundred million cubic liters of water blasts over the edge every minute! If you’re up for it, there are a number of activities available such as river rafting, bungee jumping and bridge swinging.
Pondoro Game Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Pondoro Game Lodge is the embodiment of the ‘lavish safari experience’. The famous, award-winning lodge offers unparalleled comfort. You will have the opportunity to feast on delicious, local cuisine and unwind in the first-class spa facility. You can expect a cherished safari that will be emblazoned in your mind forever.
The lodge also offers day – and night – game drives that give you the opportunity to see many wild and wonderful animals, including the Big 5. There are many different waterholes where animals congregate – it’s an incredible sight.
At the end of the day, why not unwind in the private Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck outside your suite. Pondoro spares no expense ensuring that you have an opulent safari experience.
Whale watching, Hermanus, South Africa
The quaint seaside town of Hermanus in the Overberg is hailed as the best land-based place to watch southern right whale migration. This takes place from July to August every year. If you’re having a tough time spotting the whales, the famed Whale Crier will point you towards the best viewing spots. If you’d like to see these awe-inspiring, gigantic mammals from a different perspective, there are boat charters available for a thrilling up-close look at these wonders of the deep sea.
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