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Activities abound in South Africa; each region offers something different for those looking for a more energetic and lively holiday.

World-famous for its great white shark cage diving, the country also offers slightly more subdued activities if this doesn't appeal to you.

Spend time enjoying the views from a helicopter, sample some of the local wines, or take to the sea for a spot of whale watching.

South Africa activity holiday ideas

Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They’re just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

Be inspired: activities on offer in South Africa

Franschhoek, South Africa

Franschhoek Wine Tram

This unique tram service runs from the historic Franschhoek Village and stops at some of South Africa's oldest and most renowned wine estates.

Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn & Cango Caves Tour

This taster to the Karoo Desert is a beautiful place, not quite as harsh or barren as the Karoo, but still stark and impressive. The climate proved ideal for rearing ostriches, and thanks to the Victorian craze for ostrich feathers, the town of Oudtshoorn flourished.

Southern Right Whale

Sailing & Sea Kayaking

There are a few outfits that offer sailing trips into Plettenberg Bay as well as sea kayaking. Apart from spectacular off-shore coastal scenery, it is very likely that at some stage, a close encounter with the marine animals will occur so you can get very close to them.