7 Daring Air Adventures in South Africa For The Adrenaline Junkie In You

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The adventure capital of the world-South Africa has gained popularity for the endless adventure opportunities to indulge in. It is a heaven for adventure enthusiasts who are always on the lookout for a thrill. There are numerous land, air and water adventures that can feed an adrenaline junkie like you.

Here are the top 7 air adventures you should not miss out on when in South Africa. Each adventure is guaranteed to leave you with an experience of a lifetime.

1. Hang Gliding

A lesser known but extremely safe air adventure known as hang gliding was once a hobby of thousands of pilots. Nothing can compare to the feeling of launching off a cliff and enjoying a smooth flight, hundreds of meters off the ground while you soak in the beauty of the South African landscape.

Photo of Cape Town, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

It is a recreational activity wherein a pilot flies a light, non motorized foot launched aircraft known as a hang glider. They can be easily launched off mountains or can be towered up using towing rigs. Most coastal regions in South Africa are ideal for this and if the weather is on your side, you will be able to fly over 500 kms by using air currents and thermals. You can enjoy the freedom of flying like birds for hours at a time. Trained enthusiasts can perform incredible stunts in the sky.

For the most memorable experience, you can choose Cape Town for this adventure. You can soar over the splendid city and around the Table Mountain. Porterville mountains offer an excellent flying experience and they also offer fabulous thermals so you can hang in the sky for a longer period. Another option is the Garden Route. You can get the most beautiful view from the top. You are privy to stunning mountains and the most beautiful seas. If you are keen on this experience but do not have the training you need, there are various schools that will get you through the basics and you will have your sky in no time. Explore this beautiful country from the top. 

2. Helicopter ride

Photo of Mossel Bay Helicopters, Mossel Bay, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

The beauty of South Africa can only be experienced from the top. There is nothing better than getting an Ariel view of the land from a helicopter. You might wonder how a helicopter ride can be an adventure. If not the ride, helicopter flips can definitely be a memorable adventure. You can enjoy a bird's eye view of the land in a very short time. There are various locations from where a helicopter flip can be arranged. From the Wild Coast to the Garden Route, there are various companies that help organize a ride. A lot of game reserves have also included helicopter rides around the reserve. The best place to take a helicopter flip is in Cape Town, it will give you a close up view of the Table Mountain and the gorgeous beaches in addition to the splendid wine farms. 

3. Hot Air Ballooning

Photo of Oudtshoorn, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

Undoubtedly the best way to take in the landscapes of this beautiful country, hot air ballooning will give you a gorgeous view of the countryside below. A trip will begin a few minutes before sunrise and as you are gently lifted off the ground, you have the most amazing view of the sun rays touching the blue and green below. You will have a glorious view of the sunrise which will leave you speechless and asking for more. For an excellent experience, you should plan your hot air balloon ride in Mpumalanga. It is a year round activity there. The flight will last for an hour and most companies close your experience with a luxurious breakfast after you are back. You will have to book at least two weeks in advance because it is a very popular activity and bookings are provisional to the weather conditions. You can choose your ride in Magaliesberg, Oudtshoorn, Cape Winelands and Drakensberg. However, you need to check whether they remain open throughout the year because some close down in the summer. 

4. Bungee Jumping

Photo of Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

The ultimate adventure for thrill seekers, South Africa is famous for this particular adventure. The participants are tied with a cord on their ankles and they jump into the air to the ground below. The stretchy bungee cord will pull tight and the jump is complete. South Africa has the highest commercial bungee jump in the world and is positioned along the beautiful Garden Route. The Bloukrans Bungee Jump will have you jumping from the height of 216m. It is very safe and the best equipment is used for the same. South Africa offers the best quality of bungee jumps. Hence, if you are up for an extreme adventure, plan a world class bungee jump in South Africa. 

5. Micro-lighting

Photo of Gauteng, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

With micro lighting you can enjoy flights over the game reserves in South Africa which allow the pilot and the passenger to watch out for the wildlife below. Enjoy the best sunrise in South Africa from Mpurnalanga, it means 'the place where the sun rises'. Microlights are heavily dependent on the wind conditions but they can be enjoyed throughout the year. Gauteng is a popular destination for microlight. The equipment used is authentic and of high quality and the pilots are all qualified instructors. A standard flight is 30 minutes from the airfield and trust me, it will be an unforgettable experience. 

6. Paragliding

Photo of Cape Town, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

Enjoy the most scenic route in South Africa through paragliding. The Garden Route has an abundance of lagoons, valleys and indigenous forests. You can explore the most beautiful landscapes from high above the sky. The ideal time for paragliding is in January. Enjoy the excitement as you soar high in the sky and admire the scenery of South Africa. There are numerous paragliding sites including Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield and Wilderness. There are numerous paragliding spots in George on the Garden Route. You can also enjoy a maginifent Ariel view in Cape Town. The companies offer paragliding tuition, accommodation, license courses and guided tours. 

7. Sky Diving

Photo of Mossel Bay, South Africa by Vandita Jadeja

The most excitement you can have in South Africa is by jumping off a plane! Armed with a parachute and goggles, you jump out of the plane flying thousands of feet above the ground. After a moment, you pull the chord and your descent is stopped as the parachute unfurls and you float to the ground. Adventure enthusiasts take more than one jump to gaze at the wonders of the country. If it is your first time, you can opt for tandem or static line skydive. In tandem sky dive, you are strapped to an instructor with a special harness who will open the parachute at the right time and also ensure that a picture or video is captured. You will not have to learn the theory or worry about opening the parachute at the large time. 

If your stomach can handle the thrill, there is nothing like these air adventures to let loose and enjoy the adrenaline rush. You will have the time of your life in South Africa over the gorgeous landscapes.

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