Top 10 Eco-Adventures in South Africa

Here is a list of the top 10 Eco-adventures in South Africa. All selected eco activities promote a positive nature experience while minimising impact on the environment and increasing environmental and cultural awareness.
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Blackwater Tubing will take you on a unique tubing, swimming and bouldering adventure through the world renowned Tsitsikamma National Park on the Garden Route in South Africa. The black waters of the Storms River can be intimidating, and even scary if you have watched too many 'monster fish' - type movies. But once you jump onto your inflatable river tube you are in for bucket loads of fun - a must try for adventurous, nature loving travellers.

Blackwater Tubing – the ultimate Storms River Gorge experience on the Garden Route - Dirty Boots

Aliwal Shoal, KZN's famous rocky reef, was recently declared an International Hope Spot - a special place critical to the health of the ocean. It also happens to be one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Learn to dive at the Aliwal Dive School or go on a snorkelling / diving tour to find a huge variety of ocean creatures including Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, dolphins and Whale Sharks. For thrill seekers, the shoal also offers shark cage diving.

Aliwal Shoal, KZN's famous rocky reef, was recently declared an International Hope Spot - a special place critical to the health of the ocean. It also happens to be one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Learn to dive at the Aliwal Dive School or go on a snorkelling / diving tour to find a huge variety of ocean creatures including Ragged Tooth Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, dolphins and Whale Sharks. For thrill seekers, the shoal also offers shark cage diving.

The Inner City Urban Hiking Tour reveals parts of inner-city Johannesburg that many people may be reluctant to visit on their own. The structured tour of the city's best kept secrets includes visits to one of Joburg's oldest markets - the Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market - and the Collectors Treasury - the largest second hand bookstore in the Southern hemisphere housed in an eight story building and several other exciting attractions.

Places in Johannesburg: The Maboneng Precinct

Journey off the beaten track and discover the beauty of the Karoo with Great Karoo Cycling. The company offers three bicycle tours catered to all fitness levels - from Middelburg to Graaff-Reinet via Nieu Bethesda; from Mt. Melsetter to Cradock following the Fish River; and from Colesberg to Bethulie via the Gariep Dam. All the guided tours follow dirt roads and jeep tracks through well-known Karoo farms, with cyclists being accommodated at established farm guesthouses along the way.

Journey off the beaten track and discover the beauty of the Karoo with Great Karoo Cycling. The company offers three bicycle tours catered to all fitness levels - from Middelburg to Graaff-Reinet via Nieu Bethesda; from Mt. Melsetter to Cradock following the Fish River; and from Colesberg to Bethulie via the Gariep Dam. All the guided tours follow dirt roads and jeep tracks through well-known Karoo farms, with cyclists being accommodated at established farm guesthouses along the way.

Monkeyland near Plettenberg Bay is the world's first free-roaming primate sanctuary. The sanctuary provides previously caged animals with a natural environment in which to roam freely and is home to species including capuchin, saki, howler and squirrel monkeys; lemurs, langurs and gibbons.  Visitors to the sanctuary can view the primates in their forest homes from the 128-metre suspended canopy walk.

Monkeyland near Plettenberg Bay is the world's first free-roaming primate sanctuary. The sanctuary provides previously caged animals with a natural environment in which to roam freely and is home to species including capuchin, saki, howler and squirrel monkeys; lemurs, langurs and gibbons. Visitors to the sanctuary can view the primates in their forest homes from the 128-metre suspended canopy walk.

Adventurous nature lovers will absolutely love swooping over the magnificent Karkloof forest - the second largest indigenous forest in Southern Africa. The two-hour guided canopy tour follows eight secure zip lines ranging from 40m up to 180m long that weave above and in the spectacular forest. Enjoy the view from above while taking in waterfalls and spotting birdlife amongst the surrounding trees.

Adventurous nature lovers will absolutely love swooping over the magnificent Karkloof forest - the second largest indigenous forest in Southern Africa. The two-hour guided canopy tour follows eight secure zip lines ranging from 40m up to 180m long that weave above and in the spectacular forest. Enjoy the view from above while taking in waterfalls and spotting birdlife amongst the surrounding trees.

Experience a range of activities, including mountain biking, hiking and kayaking amidst lush green valleys and mesmerising waterfalls, as well as in-depth, cultural tours into the heart of the Valley of a 1000 Hills. Options include a guided tour of the sacred Shembe Village and Rastafarian caves, with accommodation and meal stopovers at local B&Bs and traditional Zulu homesteads.

Discovering the secrets, and the Tokoloshe, of Umgeni River Valley.

Wild Cave Adventures is based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and offers a unique combination of exhilarating and educational activities, both above and below the ground.

Wild Cave Adventures is based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and offers a unique combination of exhilarating and educational activities, both above and below the ground.


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