Winter is in full swing and while it might be oh-so-tempting to wrap up in a blanket and hibernate all winter long we’re here to tell you that winter is in fact the perfect time to go on adventures! What better way to spend a crisp winter’s day than adventuring around stunning South Africa? There are tons of things to do around the country – whether you want to get your blood pumping or bask in the beautiful scenery. Don’t believe us? Local low-cost airline, Kulula has put together just a few activities around SA that will get you moving and help earn you those decadent winter comfort foods!

We’ll admit it’s not always easy to drag yourselves out of bed on a Saturday morning, especially if the weather is less than appealing. These fun, energising activities will surely warm you up in time for a rewarding hot cocoa or warm dessert when you’re done.

CAPE TOWN

1. Gravity scooters at the Jonkershoek Mountains

gravity scooters

Gravity scooters are non-motorised pushbikes that are typically used on the slopes of the Swiss Alps during summer months. With chunky wheels for extra grip, these scooters are specifically designed for barrelling down mountain slopes and trails. If you’re in Cape Town you can explore the Jonkershoek Mountain trails on one of these fun vehicles, taking in the joy of the serene views and adrenaline-pumping slopes as you go.

For more details, visit the Scooter Tours website.

2. Stand-up paddle boarding at V&A waterfront

stand up paddle boarding

The world’s fastest-growing water sport, stand-up paddle boarding is something that anyone can try! The great thing about this sport is that you can choose your level of exertion, making it just as ideal for kids as it is for teens and adults. You can cruise around Cape Town’s canals at the V&A Waterfront as a fun way to explore the area and sneak in an easy workout.

For more information about stand-up paddle boarding visit the Sup Cape Town website.

DURBAN

3. Learn to surf without the beach at The Wave House

wave house durban

For those who prefer a more strenuous activity without the stress of having to learn in massive waves, The Wave House at Gateway allows you to learn the sport in a more controlled environment. Choose from two simulated standing waves that’ll teach you a combination of surfing, snowboarding and wake boarding skills. There are also a variety of water slides in the park for younger kids.

For more details about The Wave House visit their website.

4. Walk beneath the waves at uShaka Marine World

ushaka marine world

uShaka Marine World offers you a totally unique experience: stroll safely around the seabed beneath the water’s surface with the Open Ocean exhibit. Here, you’ll wear a modernised version of an old brass diving helmet that’ll allow you to breathe underwater and enjoy the gorgeous aquatic life.

For more information visit the uShaka Marine World website

PORT ELIZABETH

5. Zip-line at Adrenalin Addo

adrenalin addo

At 500m long, the twin ziplines at Adrenalin Addo are described as the fastest, longest and highest ziplines in Africa. You’ll travel at a speed of around 60km/h to 80km/h over the Sundays River allowing you to take in the view while making your adrenaline pump. Sit down and enjoy refreshments onsite when you’re done too.

For more information visit the Adrenalin Addo website.

6. Horse back riding at Sardinia Bay

horse riding PE
Sardinia Bay’s scenic beaches are the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll on horseback. Heavenly Stables are pros at matching your ability with their noble steeds, who will take you on an adventure through nature. You’ll experience rich wildlife and organic beauty in the nature reserve – perfect for a date!

For more information visit the Heavenly Stables website.

JOHANNESBURG

7. Get up close and personal with nature at Montecasino Bird Gardens

monte casino bird gardens

The bird gardens are home to over 60 marvellous bird species, most of which are housed in a walk-through aviary with raised walkways to allow guests to view the spectacular animals. Here, you’ll also find the world’s longest snake along with a variety of mammals like lemurs and sloths.

For more information visit the Montecasino website.

8. Bounce around at Bounce!

bounce trampoline park
Bounce offers you a network of 50 connected trampolines for daredevils to safely try their hand at gravity-defying acrobatics. The park is tailored to suit all ages and levels of experience, and also offers fitness classes as a fun way to workout. Check out the obstacle course at the X-Park if you dare…

For more information visit the Bounce website.

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