After browsing Dirty Boots’ mammoth selection of Gauteng Adventures, you will never be contemplating how to fill in a weekend or day off ever again! The Highveld province of Gauteng is certainly a ‘place of gold’ when it comes to adventure and offers something for everyone.
Gauteng boasts many unique features – it is South Africa’s smallest and only landlocked province and also the most populous. Residents of Johannesburg and Pretoria will be pleasantly surprised at the number of fun and innovative things to do without even leaving the city!
Appreciate Johannesburg from the skies and head to Rand Airport for a scenic helicopter flight or aerobatic adventure. Petit Airfield offers microlight flights.
Get your fill of automotive action at Kyalami Race Circuit where you can try go karting or for a day of adrenaline-fuelled fun, take a supercharged Reynard racing car for a spin!
Spend the day in Soweto enjoying a bike tour, paintball, quad biking and rock climbing. Daredevils make a beeline for Orlando Towers for bungee and base jumping, swinging, abseiling and rap jumping. The western cooling tower hosts the world’s highest SCAD freefall – a real test for the toughest of thrill seekers!
Make a splash in a dragon boat at Florida Lake, and StokeCity WakePark offers cable waterskiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and stand up paddling. A 45 minute drive south of Sandton will take you to Bass Lake for superb inland scuba diving and training. This spring-fed lake and recreational resort caters for day and overnight visitors and is ideal for family outings, team building and bachelor parties.
Get up to monkey business at Acrobranch Adventure Park in Melrose or Centurion and go wild over their adult and kids aerial adventure courses including zip lines, Tarzan swings and cargo nets. The Climbing Barn in Pretoria East is the place to be for indoor climbing.
Ready to take a breather from the city?
An hour south of Johannesburg, charter a houseboat for a 55km journey of the Vaal River docking at restaurants along the way. Combine your trip with whitewater kayaking or rafting.
An hour north of Johannesburg lay the scenic Magaliesberg mountains, best experienced by hot air balloon, tandem hang gliding and gliding. Fishing enthusiasts will be in their element on a fly fishing clinic on the Magalies River, or something completely different explore Sun City Resort on a Segway tour.
Nearby, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site offers a great day out for lead-foot adventurers. Choose from 4x4 tours, a Harley Davidson experience, quad biking, rally cars or motorcycles. There is also an aerial cable trail and zip line, caving, horse riding and elephant back safaris. For a bird’s eye perspective, try a tandem hang gliding or paragliding flight.