Adventures in Johannesburg

So you thought Joburg was all about work and money? Guess again, Johannesburg adventures are scattered all over the City of Gold. Johannesburg may not offer the scenery that Cape Town or the Garden Route do, but what it lacks in natural beauty, it makes up with variety.

Just because the city lacks an ocean, doesn’t mean that watersports are out of the question while man-made activity centres provide hours of entertainment, without having to worry about the weather conditions. A superb…

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Adventures in Johannesburg
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So you thought Joburg was all about work and money? Guess again, Johannesburg adventures are scattered all over the City of Gold. Johannesburg may not offer the scenery that Cape Town or the Garden Route do, but what it lacks in natural beauty, it makes up with variety.

Just because the city lacks an ocean, doesn’t mean that watersports are out of the question while man-made activity centres provide hours of entertainment, without having to worry about the weather conditions. A superb network of highways in the area also makes travelling to and from your next adventure a breeze.

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to on Johannesburg tours:

  • Bike tours: From exploring the less populated rural areas or bushveld to exciting city tours, you are able to get up close and personal to the various landscapes in this historic city.
  • Canoeing: Sublime canoeing options are available all around Johannesburg with a variety of exciting river routes that suit everyone from beginners to the most advanced paddlers.
  • Hot-air ballooning: The Magaliesburg offers some of the best ballooning options in the country. Take a bird’s eye view of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the area before enjoy a champagne breakfast upon landing.
  • Quad-biking: Visit a variety of challenging and exciting tracks that will have you kicking up dust and flying through the air in no time.
  • Sandboarding: Who said that you need beach dunes for sandboarding? Try your hand at some of Joburg’s most intense boarding options for a truly exhilarating experience.

 

 

See the best side of Johannesburg – Outdoor adventures await!

Johannesburg Adventures

4x4 Tours

Johannesburg (affectionately known as Jozi) is Johannesburg’s largest city. The city is conveniently positioned with easy access to a wide range of 4x4 Tour options. After a week in the office, adventure seekers in Jo’burg can shake off those cobwebs with some fantastic trails all around Gauteng....

Abseiling

Abseiling is so much fun. You get to descend safely on a rope while checking out some amazing scenery and enjoying a huge adrenaline rush. Choose between a unique abseil down the cooling towers at the disused Orlando Power Station in Soweto and abseiling down some beautiful cliffs, including some deep...

Acrobranch

Go back to your roots in the branches of the trees on an acrobranch course. Acrobranching is about playing in the trees, testing your mental and physical agility and strength. Situated in Johannesburg, this tree park is conveniently close to the central business district to make it accessible for corporate...

Aerial Cable Trail

Close to the Hartebeespoort Dam, which is almost equidistant from Johannesburg and Pretoria you can do a slightly scary but very fun aerial cable trail on a small game farm, and see some wildlife at the same time. There are great views from the zip line.

Aerobatic Flights

Aerobatic flights, scenic flights, helicopter flights and tiger moth flights available in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Archery

Without really leaving the city of Johannesburg, you can pretend to be a stone age hunter gatherer, a medieval bowman or an Amazon, and do some serious bow and arrow shooting on one of seven archery ranges. Or learn archery in an indoor archery range.

Bike Tours

A game drive is all very nice, but it’s so much more fun to do game viewing from a silent mountain bike on a guided bike safari. The cycling trails are all escorted and all equipment is provided, but you can bring your own bicycle if you like.

Bungee Jumping

Orlando Towers is a Soweto landmark and it offers definitely the first and so far only bungee jump between cooling towers. As well as the obvious adrenaline rush, there is the whole history of the disused power station and the view over Soweto, the iconic satellite city just outside Johannesburg.

Cable Waterskiing

Waterskiing without the boat - it’s fun and easy, although the chances are you will take the odd tumble and get very wet. Situated in Midrand, this is very convenient for either Johannesburg and Pretoria so if you’re looking for a fun, adrenaline-filled adventure close to the city cable...

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Close to the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg you can do some moving target practice by shooting at clay pigeons, which incidentally aren’t actually pigeons at all - or even birds. They’re just clay plates that are catapulted into the air to simulate game birds and give you a moving target...

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing is a great team activity that you can do at a number of different levels. If you join a club and come to regular training sessions you can become a serious or semi-serious competitive dragon boat racer. Or it’s also great as a corporate teambuilding exercise or just for a fun...

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is a calm, contemplative activity so it’s a great way to escape the urban tension of Johannesburg. Do a fly fishing course, learning the basics, or join a fly fishing expedition to the Vaal River, Sterkfontein Dam or the Magalies River to catch the fabulous indigenous yellow fish....

Gliding

Escape the noise and hustle of Johannesburg by driving about an hour from town to Orient Airfield in the Magaliesberg where you can soar above the world in a silent glider as you float upon the thermals. There is a great community and it’s a wonderful place to spend the day

Hang Gliding

For one of the most amazing adventures that Johannesburg has to offer, go Hang Gliding! A Hang Gliding Adventure here means soaring on the thermals of the Magaliesberg with views of the Hartebeespoort Dam. Thermal flights under the African skies is for anyone who dreams of adventure, so consult our...

Harley-Davidson Tour

Here’s an activity that is bound to make you happy! A Harley Davidson Tour in Johannesburg will put a huge smile on anyone’s face! Jo’burg is blessed with endless stretches of open road – perfect for motor bike enthusiasts! We cannot think of a better way to explore these than on a Harley!...

Helicopter Flights

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over the city of Johannesburg and its environs, or combine it with a romantic lunch at an out-of-the-way restaurant. Flights leave from Rand Airport but, of course, helicopters can land almost anywhere so you can probably organise to be picked up from a more convenient...

Horse Riding

Enjoy a fabulous horse trail near Lanseria between Johannesburg and Hartebeespoort. Beginners are welcome and all skill levels are catered for. This is your opportunity to learn Western style, or cowboy, riding so you can make like John Wayne.

Horse Safaris

Explore a 1600-ha farm just outside Johannesburg on a fabulous horseback safari. You don’t need any riding experience so just wear something sensible, book and turn up. You can also do a day of riding as part of a teambuilding programme.

Hot-Air Ballooning

There are a number of hot air balloon operators close to Johannesburg, Gauteng. Hot air ballooning is one of the silliest and least efficient ways to get from A to B. Unless A is boredom and B is fun. Hot air ballooning is frivolous and unpredictable because you are never entirely sure where you will...

Houseboats

Escape from Johannesburg and its urban stresses by renting a houseboat on the Vaal River. If you can drive a car, you’ll be able to manoeuvre this easy-to-captain live-aboard boat and be the master of your own destiny. You can head off to little-known sections of the river, or hang around where...

Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing gyms are a great alternative to climbing in the rain, travelling miles to reach decent crags or getting lost in the dark. And the fact that the surroundings are more controlled, and you have dedicated permanently fixed top ropes means you can push the envelope a bit, build skills and...

Karting

Go on a Karting adventure at the Kyalami racetrack in Johannesburg, Johannesburg.

Kayaking

You can do white water kayak training in Johannesburg, and buy all the necessary gear before heading out on a white water kayaking adventure - or on a flat water trip to a dam like Sterkfontein or Vanderkloof. Or head to the sea. Whatever your paddling dreams, you can do the groundwork in Joburg and...

Kite Surfing

OK, there is no actual surf in Johannesburg, but there are plenty of place you can - well - kiteboard as opposed to kitesurf. And, once you know what you’re doing, you can take your kite and your board to the sea and do some real kitesurfing. You’ll get very wet.

Microlight Flying

Getting a microlight pilots licence is so much easier, quicker and cheaper than getting a fixed wing private pilots licence (PPL) and - here is the best part - you can use all those cheaper hours towards your PPL. And microlight flying is what the old aviation pioneers would have called seat of your...

Motorcycle Tours

Rent a BMW motorbike from OR Tambo near Johannesburg and you are free to explore Johannesburg and write your own motorcycle diaries. You will, of course, need a valid licence.

Mountaineering

Join an escorted expedition to some of the most iconic mountains in Africa. Or, if you’re not into big mountains, join in a more mellow slackpacking trail closer to home.

Paragliding

Paragliding is the closest you will ever get to being a bird. You can do a winch-launched tandem paraglider flight just outside Johannesburg. And once you’ve done that you may become hooked and decide to learn to fly solo.

Quad Biking

Enjoy a gentle but exciting quad bike safari around a scenic game farm in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg. These quad bikes or all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are the perfect vehicles for game-viewing. They’re easy to drive and, if driven responsibly, have less impact on the environment than...

Rally Driving

If you’ve ever fantasised about doing the Dakar or the Trans-Kalahari, you could start by doing a rally driving lesson near Johannesburg. Learn to drive a high performance rally car safely on dirt roads. It’s a total adrenaline rush that you should save for the rally course and not ever...

Rap Jumping

For a really intense adrenaline experience, rap jump off the Orlando Towers in Soweto near Johannesburg. Rap jumping is back to front abseiling. Instead of being able to hold onto the supporting climbing rope as it rises from your belly rather like an umbilicus, the ropes are attached behind your back....

River Rafting

It’s such a quick drive out from Johannesburg to the Crocodile River you can enjoy a one-day river rafting trip and be home in time for supper. With fun grade 1 and 2 rapids, this is not a super-adrenaline white water river but it’s fun and relatively challenging playing in the smallish...

Rock Climbing

You can learn the exciting and adrenaline-filled sport of rock climbing right in Johannesburg. You can learn the moves in an indoor climbing gym and/or learn to climb on some sport routes in Johannesburg, the Magaliesberg and Bronkhorstspruit. Guided climbs are also available.

Scuba Diving

Johannesburg may not have beaches but it is quite close to some great indoor dive destinations, including some deep, altitude and technical dives. So it’s a good place to learn to dive - particularly technical diving. And, if you have a real urge for salt water, you can head down to the coast...

Segway Tours

You can do a fun tour on a Segway personal transporter near Johannesburg, or you can use this fun and versatile vehicle as a tool for some fantastic and creative teambuilding.

Skydiving

Do a tandem skydive over Johannesburg, or learn to skydive close to the city. You can choose between the traditional static line route and an accelerated free fall (AFF) course in which you bypass the static line phase of the course.

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Learn the art of stand-up paddling (SUP) in Johannesburg and then, if you like, head down to the ocean to try it in the waves. SUP is the newest watersport to hit Johannesburg shores and it’s becoming very popular.

Stargazing

Mobile stargazing edutainment programmes offer a telescopic view of the universe with a detailed explanation by expert astronomers. You can choose a variety of different topics including African traditions and legends about the stars. Based in Johannesburg, the team moves around as needed, and will...

Teambuilding

Many of the activities in or around Johannesburg can be used as part of a structured teambuilding programme but there are a few specialised teambuilding centres where participants can do high ropes, inflatable obstacle courses, mountain boarding, zorbing and a host of other seemingly silly and fun but...

Waterskiing

Waterskiing and wakeboarding can be fun and safe but it’s a good idea to get some guidance and tuition while you’re learning. Once you have, you can zip around behind a powerful motorboat on a pair of skis or a wakeboard. It’s a fantastic watersport that will keep you amused for hours....

White Water Kayaking

White water kayaking is so much fun, but you really should learn what you’re doing before you fling yourself into a white water river just above a few grade 5 rapids. You can do a white water course in or close to Johannesburg, or join a white water kayaking expedition to some of the finest paddling...

Windsurfing

Boardsailing is a popular activity on inland waters near Johannesburg so you can buy a sailboard and just figure it out for yourself or sign up for some lessons. Once you’ve mastered Zoo Lake, you can join an escorted windsurfing safari down to the coast to sail in saltwater and get in some wave...

Zip Line

You can zip along this cable slide tour on a game farm near the Magaliesberg and see some interesting wildlife while you’re at it. It’s a short drive from either Pretoria or Johannesburg.