Johannesburg Adventures

Johannesburg Adventures. 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…

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Adventures in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Adventures. 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


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...


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 in the North West Provence of South Africa, you can do an enthralling aerial cable trail on a small game farm, and see some wildlife beneath you at the same time. It is only about 90km’s outside of Johannesburg and an hour’s drive from Pretoria....

Aerobatic Flights

Feel the thrill of an aerobatic flight in Johannesburg, Gauteng. If you are looking for a fast paced activity packed with adrenalin, this is for you. Based at Benoni Airfield, a short 30 minute drive from the centre of Johannesburg, you are guaranteed “the ride of your life” as you buzz...


Without really leaving the city of Johannesburg, you can pretend to be a Stone Age hunter gatherer, a medieval bowman or Robin Hood, and do some serious bow and arrow shooting on one of the archery ranges situated around Johannesburg, Gauteng. This activity is bound to bring out your competitive...

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

Ready. Aim. Fire! Discover the thrill of aiming a shotgun at a flying target when you try clay pigeon shooting. A spring-loaded trap launches clay targets (not pigeons!) into the air and your objective is to shoot them down. Take lessons, join a club or enjoy a once-off experience with a group of friends....

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, Gauteng. 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...


Escape the noise and hustle of Johannesburg, Gauteng 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. From a 'first training flight, to getting your own pilot's licence our experienced...


Gyrocopter in Johannesburg. View our list of gyrocopter operators in Johannesburg - Dirty Boots

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. Maybe pop the question to that special person in your life on a sundowner flight? Flights leave from Rand Airport but, of course, helicopters can land...

Horse Riding

Enjoy fabulous horse riding outrides or horse safaris near Lanseria (Gauteng) between Johannesburg and Hartebeespoort in the North West Province. Beginners are welcome and all skill levels are catered for. Day tours and overnight tours available and pick up and return from anywhere in Gauteng...

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...


Escape from Johannesburg, Gauteng and its urban stresses by renting a houseboat on the Vaal River. You can cruise around for 55km on the 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...

Indoor Climbing

Indoor climbing gyms in Johannesburg, Gauteng 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...


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


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 for some sea kayaking. Whatever your paddling dreams, you can do the groundwork...

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 licence. And microlight flying is what the old aviation pioneers would have called seat...

Motorcycle Tours

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


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.

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.

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.


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 South African shores and it’s becoming very popular.


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...


As the South African city with the highest rate of employment and business activity, Johannesburg is regarded as the economic hub of the country. This means that there are a lot of people who contribute to making businesses succeed. Business and working environments are not plain sailing, which is where...


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...

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.

4x4 Tours

Johannesburg (affectionately known as Jozi) is South Africa’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....