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Exploring the undiscovered potential of adventure sports in South Africa

While South Africa is known for its lush vineyards and wild safari parks, the country's burgeoning adventure sports scene is something many are yet to discover, be it mountaineering, abseiling, diving and many more.

Ever heard about Red Bull B.A.S.E. jumping? Or wingsuit flights among the mountains, outdoor climbing, mountain trail running? That’s the multifaceted South Africa and a rich selection of events it hosts for guests and natives. The country is buzzing with adventures and untapped potential for vivid experiences you can get at any moment – once you reach out your hand and grasp it.

The burgeoning adventure sports scene

For some years now, an exciting scene of South African adventure enthusiasts has been simmering under the radar. They pursue their passion for extreme sports such as mountaineering, abseiling, diving, off-road driving and more.

But now the time has come for South Africa’s natural beauty and burgeoning adventure communities to finally be globally recognised. For this continent offers far-reaching opportunities for challenges far beyond the typical sunscreen-and-sand beaches activities. Although sipping cocktails and placing a bet at the 10Bet app sounds like a vacation straight from the dreams, why not try something new?

A nature reserve for adventure sports   

You may already be familiar with South Africa’s lush vineyards, wild safari parks and majestic coastlines. But do you realise how many adventure opportunities this landscape holds?

Take the Cape Fold Mountains as an example. This impressive, hilly terrain is teeming with gorges, canyons and needle-sharp rock formations that lend themselves perfectly to mountaineering, rock climbing and freefall disciplines like base jumping and wingsuit flying.

On the whole, the Cape Fold Mountains are considered one of the most unsung climbing and trekking destinations in the world. Areas remain largely unexplored, hiding unseen routes and formations hidden for adventurous souls to discover.

A climber’s paradise

On a more endearing level, the country also offers insanely good opportunities for rope climbing on both rock and indoor facilities.

Local hotspots like Bronkies near Pretoria draw climbers from across the region to their impressive walls, competitions and cosy club environments.

But perhaps more importantly, countless locations with climbing potential are waiting to be cracked by the country’s growing community of climbers.

Spectacular ice climbing payment also possible

And you might be thinking that ice climbing isn’t exactly on the menu in one of the hottest areas in the world? Guess again. Head to the Drakensberg mountain region to the east and the most incredible sight will reveal itself: Beautiful waterfall glaciers and 3000 metre high ice walls! 

Stunning frozen formations such as Cathedral Peak offer some cool ice board climbing challenges. But only a handful of local adventure guides and groups have managed to claim access to these extremely inaccessible areas.

Amazing canyons and tunnels

Amazingly, this ice-capped paradise also opens up other natural phenomena that stimulate the spirit of adventure. Spectacular canyons and tunnel systems are revealed beneath slushy glacier flows, where you can canoe, cave crawl, canyoneer and find one secret cave after another.

The area’s rugged landscape and pristine condition lends itself to promoting adventure activities such as bungy jumping, rappelling and even wingsuit flying. But so far, many of these potentials remain untapped by a lack of commercial exploitation and upscaling.

New adventure opportunities for you

If you ever looked for a new destination with untapped and undiscovered potential waiting, then South Africa is a perfect choice. Adventurer will discover tons of activities to explore anywhere he chooses to go: mountains, rivers, forests or else. A passionate person could get a chance to become the first to try opportunities that nature offers through the commercialized and properly designed business offers.

Be it riding, skydiving or off-roading – South Africa has it all for you in all its diversity. Get ready for the most spectacular adventure!

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Curated by editor-in-chief, Tankiso Komane, this special collection of articles from the Editor's Desk unpacks topics of the day, including commentary, in-depth analysis and partner content.
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