The Best Team Building Activities in South Africa
In the last 15 years team building has grown in popularity and become a recognized tool for reenergizing teams and building greater team spirit and trust. South Africa is home to many world-class companies specializing in team building. While many of the activities involve outdoor adventure activities in stunning locations, all these companies carefully consider what outcomes are required and how to weave that into the planned activities.
It might surprise you to know that even in smaller towns you can find excellent operators offering innovative team building programs. In fact, there are so many different options to choose from, it can become a bit overwhelming. We’ve listed the best team building activities area by area to help you select the activity that speaks to you and the needs of your team.
1. Cape Town
With its abundant and easily accessible natural landscapes, many of Cape Town’s best team-building activities revolve around outdoor adventures. A low-key team-like facilitated yoga on the beach can be followed by a slightly more energizing Monster Mountain bike scooter ride down Table Mountain. Or you can push your team to the max and get them involved in a heart-racing simulated battle where they get to fight for ‘survival’ by learning to strategizes cleverly with their team.
If your team building objective is to inspire your crew then Durban really delivers. Team Building near Durbs is outdoorsy and adventurous, run by adventure specialists that are also team building experts, and takes place in dramatic locations like Oribi Gorge or forested valleys near Ballito. Gorge swinging, white water rafting, and ziplining are just some of the exciting team activities on offer.
Take your team out of their city comfort zone and give them new perspectives in the mountainous haven of the Drakensberg. This team-building destination might feel remote, but it caters to all corporate conferencing needs and offers an exciting range of adventure activities including a fast and furious zipline course.
4. Eastern Cape
The warm and welcoming vibe of the Eastern Cape permeates team-building products in this province. Experienced team building facilitators operate in East London and Gqebeha (Port Elizabeth). Award-winning resorts nestled into the green hills of the coast can cater for all aspects of a team-building breakaway, from offering a range of exhilarating outdoor adventures to providing all necessary conferencing equipment. Rock climbing, quad biking, and even firewalking can all be incorporated into programs that deliver on the intended outcomes.
5. Free State
The Vaal River, where it flows past Parys, is a drawcard for team building in the Free State providing a location for activities like white water rafting and an attractive backdrop for a corporate getaway, with accommodation options close to or on the riverbank. Parys-based team building companies have hybridized their adventure specialization with their corporate knowledge to create amazing team building packages.
6. Garden Route
Innovative team-building programs on the Garden Route will more than likely involve a forest-based activity. Take your team out of the concrete jungle for a refreshing change of scenery and a custom-designed corporate package including rustic or more up-scale accommodation and inspiring facilitators.
Imagine a venue that caters to up to 200 participants while at the same time offering more than 15 adventure activities to choose from eg. Quad Biking, river rafting, and zip line. All in one place and only 45-minutes from Pretoria and Johannesburg. That’s Gauteng team building for you. Another activity to consider is Dragon Boat Racing; conveniently located for Gauteng corporates and popular with companies wanting to enhance teamwork.
Team building options in Limpopo are all about learning through adventure- harnessing the powerful catalyst that nature can be. Carefully designed corporate adventures take place around thundering waterfalls and tranquil lakes and include activities as gentle as fly fishing and as wild as canopy tours and tubing.
Exciting team-building packages to suit a range of corporate requirements and expectations. Within an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, team building companies have bases near the Hartbeespoort Dam and the Sabie River which facilitates some exciting outdoor options ranging from white water rafting to archery. Being close to two big cities, Mpumalanga team building operators are used to catering to large groups.
10. South Coast
South Coast team building companies are mobile and can present their team building programs at a venue of your choice, but if you really want to shake your team into action consider building a program around one of the extreme activities in Oribi Gorge. A spectacular gorge swing should help your team start thinking outside the box!