Adventures in Gauteng

Adventure seekers in Gauteng will be thrilled to hear that there is an Adventure for every day of the year right here in the highveld.

This busy province might be South Africa’s smallest, but don’t let that fool you. As an adventurer you are spoiled for choice in and around the busiest urban areas of South Africa. Johannesburg and Pretoria are conveniently located in close vicinity to a growing list of Adventure Activities so spending the weekend in the city is no longer a…

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Adventures in Gauteng
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Adventure seekers in Gauteng will be thrilled to hear that there is an Adventure for every day of the year right here in the highveld.

This busy province might be South Africa’s smallest, but don’t let that fool you. As an adventurer you are spoiled for choice in and around the busiest urban areas of South Africa. Johannesburg and Pretoria are conveniently located in close vicinity to a growing list of Adventure Activities so spending the weekend in the city is no longer a problem.

Within the metropolitan areas you can go bungee jumping from Orlando Towers in Soweto, cycle through the inner city of Johannesburg, test your driving skills in a race car in the Midrand, try a trip on a segway or aim high at one of the archery shooting ranges. For something new, how about clay pigeon shooting or dragon boat racing.

As you leave the city limits, more adventures await. Take a helicopter flight above the mountain range of the Magaliesberg, hike through the veld or catch a birds-eye-view of the scenery from a zip line.

The Hartbeespoort Dam with its panoramic views of the Magaliesberg and the Vaal River in the southern part of the province offer water enthusiasts ample opportunity to test their skills with a paddle on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or in a kayak. More mellow adventurers test their fly fishing skills or catch trout in rivers and dams. 

Explore the area of the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a quad bike and then pay a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves where finding the 2,3 million year old fossil, affectionately named ‘Mrs Ples’, gave archeologists insight into our distant relatives. 

Looking for a morning that you will remember for a lifetime? A hot air balloon adventure will take you riding on a gentle breeze, across the highveld, taking in the scenery below. The journey ends with a sumptuous breakfast and a glass of bubble to celebrate the completion of a perfect adventure.

The list of what to do in Gauteng is endless and many operators organize adventures all around South Africa and further afield so the hardest part of your adventure will be to choose your activity.

Gauteng Adventures

4x4 Tours

After a week at the office it’s finally time to get those wheels Dirty! Luckily adventure seekers in Gauteng do not have to travel far to get off the beaten track. Head for a 4x4 Adventure in the Cradle of Humankind where you can tackle the trails surrounded by the oldest fossils in Africa. Our operators...

Abseiling

Spending the weekend in the city but need an adrenaline kick? How about an Abseiling Adventure down the Orlando Towers. View the panorama of the greater Soweto area from your lofty heights at the top, strap into your safety harness and start your decent down the vertical face of the smooth concrete...

Acrobranch

Here’s an awesome day out that is suited for the young as well as the not-so-young. Visit Acrobranch and have fun on an obstacle course activity that has you gliding on a rope between trees. Acrobranch, Melrose is the original park and close to Centurion, is Acrobranch @ The Big Red Barn. Each park...

Aerial Cable Trail

Need a bit of fresh air in your lungs after a long week in the office? Contact our operators in Gauteng and book an Aerial Cable Trail. You will experience that fantastic sense of freedom as you glide through the air, soaring over rivers and forest, arriving safely at the next platform. The trail consist...

Aerobatic Flights

For an adventure that you will want to write home about, try completing a Hammerhead, a Cuban Eight or a Snap Roll. Not sure what these entail? A Cuban Eight, for example, is an aerobatic figure eight manoeuvre in a fixed-wing aircraft. It can also be flown backwards and is then known as a Reverse Cuban...

Archery

Archery is one of the oldest arts still practised today. Originally used for warfare, modern archery is a rewarding pastime. Visit an archery range in Gauteng today and try out this sport that is filled with tradition and much loved heros. Here are a few famous archers: - Robin Hood, heroic outlaw of...

Bike Tours

Spend a day doing something that is good for you and good for the planet - Join a bike tour in Gauteng! Whether you want to peddle over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge or amble through historical landmarks in Soweto a day spent in the saddle in one of Africa’s largest urban spaces will leave you...

Bungee Jumping

To experience the most exhilarating views in Gauteng, visit the Orlando Towers in Soweto for a Bungee Jumping Adventure. Soweto is Gauteng’s largest and most culturally influential informal settlement and when you reach the rim of the tower it is a good idea to pause to take in the panoramic...

Cable Waterskiing

Waterskiing is a fun sport that is easy to learn. With just a bit of practice you can pull of tricks and look like a pro. Cable Waterskiing is a great way to waterski. Your rope and handle is pulled by an electrically driven cable. The angle of pull is higher than the traditional method where the skier...

Caving

Caving or spelunking is the adventure activity of exploring cave systems. In Gauteng, the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Side, offers spelunkers adventures into the home of Mrs Ples and other million year old hominid fossils found in this aptly named site. Caving in Gauteng is suited for...

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Looking for an adventure that is relaxing and yet exhilarating? Test your skills at Clay Pigeon Shooting. In this art of shooting you aim at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets. Clay pigeon shooting is a great outdoor activity so contact our operators in Gauteng today and prepare...

Cycle Tours

Cycling is a fast growing sport in Gauteng. Whether your decision to take up cycling is to boost your fitness, cut petrol costs or whether it is an environmental choice, one thing is certain - Once you start experiencing the world from the gentle pace of a bike, you will never want to drive through...

Dragon Boat Racing

A dragon boat is a sleek fast craft, decorated with a dragon head and tail in bright colours. The crew of a dragon boat comprises paddlers that face the bow of the boat, a drummer that faces the paddlers and a sweep (steerer) that stands at the rear of the boat. Dragon boats are used for the exciting...

Driver Training

Driver Training gives you the opportunity to develop skills needed to drive professionally in all types of terrain and conditions. Gauteng province is surrounded by exciting safari and off road destinations just waiting to be explored – so join our operators in Gauteng on a Driver Training adventure...

Elephant Back Safaris

It is impossible to not fall in love the first time you lay your eyes on a Loxodonta Africana - the African elephant. These magnificent, enormous creatures move so gentle that it is hard to believe that they carry up to 7 tons around. Riding an African elephant on an Elephant Back Safari is a unique...

Fantastic Racing

Have you ever wanted to experience the roar of a sports car engine and the thrill of a high speed ride? Well now you can be a race driver for the day! Fantastic Racing is an awesome racing experience that gives you the opportunity to experience racing anything from road cars through to F1 vehicles at...

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing as a sport and an adventure activity in and around Gauteng has grown rapidly over the past few years. In the beginning fly fishing was limited to old, whiskey drinking men. No longer. Fly fishing is cool and the whole family can enjoy a day out too many great fishing locations in and around...

Gliding

Uneven solar heating of the surface of the earth creates thermals. A thermal is a column of rising air formed on the ground. Most people are unlikely to notice thermals, but on your journey to become an avid glider, you will learn to love them! Gliding is an air adventure activity in which a pilot flies...

Go Karting

Do you think that a Sunday drive around Johannesburg sounds boring? So do we, so why not take a drive with a difference. Go Go Karting! A go-kart is a small four-wheeled vehicle. Most have rear wheel brakes only – this is why spins are so common! Many famous racing car drivers, like Michael Schumacher,...

Hang Gliding

A hang gliding adventure is an awesome way to enjoy the scenery around Gauteng. This is an activity for young and old – all you need to bring is a sense of adventure. A hang glider is a light non-motorised aircraft that the pilot launches from a hill or cliff by foot. The pilot and passenger are in...

Harley-Davidson Tour

Nothing beats driving on a Harley! – Nothing! So hit the open road of Gauteng on a Harley Davidson Tour. There is no better way to explore the highways and byways than on the finest motorcycle known to man. Go off the beaten track and explore the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...

Helicopter Flights

Few things are as exciting as hovering in a plexiglas bubble above the earth! A helicopter is the most versatile flying machine in existence today. A helicopter takes off and lands vertically, hovers, flies forwards and backwards. Its lift and thrust is supplied by rotors giving it the amazing ability...

Horse Riding

Take time off and come and enjoy a day on horse-back in Gauteng. Guided outrides and lessons cater for all levels of ability. You can enjoy a Horseback riding adventure without any experience and there are also trails for more advanced riders. Carefully selected and trained staff will ensure a relaxed...

Horse Safaris

Saddle up and enjoy the freedom of a Horse Safari in Gauteng. In a vehicle you are restricted to roads and pathways but on horseback you are free to explore nature reserves and ride alongside herds of game. The best part about a guided Horse Safari trail with game is how close you can get to them. You...

Hot-Air Ballooning

The first flights in Hot Air Balloons were unmanned. Later animals were placed on board and in 1783 the first flight with humans took place. Did you know that King Louis XVI of France had originally decreed that condemned criminals would be the first pilots of Hot Air Balloons? Obviously, King Louis,...

Houseboats

Captain your own Houseboat on a river cruise adventure. Take the helm and navigate the Vaal River, Gauteng’s most permanently navigable inland waterway. On your cruise, don’t forget to test your skills with a fishing rod, explore the vibrant restaurants and bars, dock for a round of golf and...

Indoor Climbing

Keen climbers head to Gauteng’s Indoor Climbing Gyms to test their skills on the many routes. The climbing structures in an Indoor Climbing Gym have challenges for both beginners and experienced climbers. One of the great advantages of Indoor Climbing is that this is an all year around, in any type...

Inland Scuba Diving

If Scuba diving is your thing, but you happen to live in landlocked Gauteng – do not worry! There is a Scuba Diving adventure waiting for you right here. Inland Scuba Diving takes place in dams. The diving in fresh water is similar to ocean diving, but the aquatic life that you will encounter obviously...

Karting

Karting is a motorised sport that is fun for grannies, uncles, kids and the adventurous alike. It is the perfect day out for a diverse group of friend or the family. You will be hard pressed to say who is having the most fun. Just don’t be surprised when your usually timid granny races past you with...

Kayaking

A kayak is a long narrow boat that is pointed at both ends. A traditional kayak has a covered deck and seats one paddler. The cover prevents water from entering the kayak. The kayak was first used by indigenous inuits hunters in the sub arctic regions of northern Canada and Greenland. Today, Kayaking...

Kite Surfing

When you think of Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding, the landlocked province of Gauteng is probably not the first destination that springs to mind. However, when you consider that all you need for this adrenaline pumping sport is a body of water and a steady breeze, you will suddenly realise that there are...

Microlight Flying

Since Leonardo da Vinci's first design of a human-powered ornithopter – or flying machine, people have dreams of soaring in the skies, free as a bird. You can realise this dream on a Microlight Adventure in Gauteng! A microlight is a small fixed-wing aircraft that weighs less than 175 kilograms. These...

Motorcycle Tours South Africa

Gauteng is blessed with endless stretches of wide open road. We have spectacular scenery and a great outdoor climate. Simply put - It is a heaven for motorcycle enthusiasts. Although our road network is in excellent shape, many are also not for the fainthearted as they offer challenges - such as...

Mountaineering

The ridges and kloofs of the Magaliesberg Mountains make this stretch of untouched nature a Mountaineering paradise. If you want to experience the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, then operators in Gauteng offer packages that include flights, guides and porters. Direct flights between...

Paintball

Paintball is an extremely popular and fun sport. Here are five good reasons to book a paintball game today: 1. Paintball is a social game. It's a great opportunity to spend time with friends and to meet new people. It's a game of people, from planning the game to bragging after an epic battle. 2. Paintball...

Paragliding

Leonardo da Vinci was probably the first person who tried to develop a practical solution to flight. He studied the flight and structure of birds and designed a multitude of mechanical devices, one of which was a wing-flapping, human powered flying machine. This creation, the ornithopter, had a wingspan...

Quad Biking

Are you looking for a fun experience in the great outdoors? Look no further that a Quad Biking adventure in Gauteng. These tough four wheelers, also known as All Terrain Vehicles (ATV's), are a great way to get out into the country side and away from the crowds. Quad Biking is an exciting adrenaline...

Rap Jumping

So you’ve tried abseiling and this is no longer hair-raising for you. It’s time for abseiling’s big brother – Rap Jumping. Rap jumping is similar to abseiling in that you descend down a vertical cliff face, but whereas abseilers face the cliff, a rap jump is made going forwards, making the decent...

River Rafting

The Limpopo River flows in a great arc. First it zigzags north, then it turns east and finally south. The Crocodile River is a tributary that also feeds the Hartebeesport Dam. This river is also where you can satisfy your thirst for a River Rafting Adventure. Just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg...

Rock Climbing

Gauteng is blessed with natural rock formations that are just waiting to be explored on a Rock Climbing Adventure. Rock Climbing is an additive adventure activity and once you get the hang of climbing up a vertical rock face, you will soon find yourself sitting in your office dreaming of finding that...

SCAD Freefall

SCAD Freefall which is also known as SCAD diving is an unattached free fall. It is for the serious adrenaline junkie! A SCAD Freefall is a unique thrill ride. The term SCAD is an acronym for Suspended Catch Air Device, a system of nets that ensures that your fall is stopped softly so that you feel no...

Scenic Flights

Climb aboard a helicopter for an experience of a lifetime. Sit back and relax as you lift up off the ground and into the wide open skies. Fly low over the Johannesburg CBD and surrounding areas for a bird’s eye view of this vibrant melting pot of cultures that has given opportunities for its many...

Scuba Diving

The term SCUBA is an acronym for ‘Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus’. It was originally developed during World War II for underwater warfare. Luckily, scuba divers today use this equipment for more peaceful purposes. Divers are an adventurous bunch that love to share their underwater...

Segway Tours

A Segway PT (Personal Transporter) is a self-balancing battery-powered electric vehicle. They are astonishingly easy to manoeuvre and will get you around just about anywhere. How about an educational and entertaining tour of the Lion Park or an off-road adventure along the fence of the Pilanesberg National...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Stand Up Paddle Surfing or Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is taking the world by storm. This sport originated in Hawaii and is an offshoot of surfing. On a SUP, you can paddle further into the ocean than on a surfboard. Paddlers ride waves and they also race on lakes, rivers and canals. An SUP can glide...

Stargazing

Book an evening of stargazing in Gauteng with a professional guide - Dirty Boots

Tiger Moth Flights

A de Havilland Tiger Moth is a biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland. A biplane is a fixed wing aircraft where the two main wings are stacked one above the other. These planes were first operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and today they are a great way to experience the thrill of flying - so...

Trout Fishing

Fishing is a popular activity around the world. It is a combination of time spent in nature, the therapeutic movements of casting and reeling in the line, the thrill of the catch and the delicious and healthy meal that makes Trout Fishing so popular. Trout belong to the Salmonidae family. They are classified...

Via Ferrata

So you think you have been there, done that and ticked off everything that you could possibly do on your day off in Gauteng? Luckily there is a brand new activity just waiting for you to be enjoyed! Via Ferrata is an Italian term that means ‘Iron Road’. It is a mountain climbing route that has aids...

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a fun, fast water sport. It uses a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques. If this sounds confusing, picture this scene: You're standing on a small board with your feet strapped into a pair of boots. A powerboat or a cable pulls you gently through a lake. As...

Waterskiing

Life begins at the end of the line. The water skiing line or tow rope, that is. Gauteng is blessed with rivers and lakes that are just waiting for a Water Skiing Adventure. It is an activity that is perfect for water lovers and relatively easy to learn. Water skiing begins with a water start. This means...

White Water Kayaking

A White Water Kayaking adventure involves a journey, paddling on a kayak down a river with a number of rapids. The turbulence of a rapid creates frothy water that looks white -manoeuvring your way through a white water rapid is fast paced paddling that will test your balance skills. It’s hard to describe...

Windsurfing

Feel the wind in your hair as you slice through the water on a Windsurfing Adventure. Windsurfing or boardsailing is a sport that combines sailing and surfing. You can windsurf on a calm lake or in rough seas – as long as there is a breeze that you can catch in your sail. Windsurfers sail by standing...

Zip Line

Do you need to refresh your perspective on life? How about a Zip Line Adventure? Join our operators in Gauteng and experience nature like never before as you slide above rivers and canyons and enjoy a birds-eye view of the world around you. A Zip Line is a stainless steel cable, stretched between two...