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List 23 October

7 unusual things to do in South Africa

Home to some of the world’s most impressive species, not to mention a host of award-winning restaurants and beaches, South Africa is certainly not boring...

No matter where you stay in South Africa, you are bound to encounter a variety of life-defining sights and experiences, from the country’s stunning landscape to its underwater paradise.

However, if you’re looking for something out of the norm on your South African adventure, our list of unusual activities will get you off on the right foot.

1. Visit Cango Caves

Located 29km from Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa, an underground world of magnificence awaits, known as the Cango Caves.

Explore the caves and see for yourself what lurks beneath South Africa’s surface. A myriad of unique rock formations promises to astound its spectators, and is a sight both adults and children will relish. Find dripstone caverns, leading to vast halls and towering rock formations.

2. Go shark cage diving

Not for the faint-hearted, there are many locations in South Africa which offer shark cage diving experiences. Plunge into the warm waters in a protective cage and gaze in wonder as a variety of rare and awe-inspiring sharks swim by. Many breeds of shark are known to inhabit South Africa, including tiger sharks, hammerheads and even great white sharks. Just don't stick your fingers through the protective bars...

3. Walk the Newlands Forest Contour Path

If you want to stay in shape while still admiring South Africa’s beautiful scenery, there is no better option than hiking the Newlands Forest Contour Path. Following the curves of Table Mountain, the Contour Path offers its visitors a new and unbeatable perspective of South Africa.

Make sure you pack warm clothes, proper hiking shoes and a camera to capture your memories.

4. Meet the penguins at Boulders Beach

In 1982, a colony of African penguins set up home in Boulders Bay, where they remain to this day. You’ll be able to see them for yourself when you visit the bay, which is surrounded by majestic mountains and scenic landscapes.

5. Eat in Joburg’s oldest restaurant

Famous for being the first eatery in Johannesburg, Kapitan’s Oriental restaurant serves both good food and an inviting atmosphere – and has been doing so for the last century.

If you're a fan of traditional Indian curries, you will love Kapitan’s Oriental; the quality of its food is a true testament to time.

6. Abseil down Table Mountain

For some, seeing is not enough. They have to do. That’s why abseiling down Table Mountain might appeal to those in search of something that will get their adrenaline pumping and heart racing. You’ll be able to absorb unrivalled views of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean from above, as you abseil down the mountain; there’s no better way to see South Africa.

7. Star-gaze at the Johannesburg Planetarium

Romance and splendour await you at the Johannesburg Planetarium, where you’ll have house seats to one of the most stunning views of the heavens above.

Witness Africa’s astronomical beauty and learn about its fascinating stellular structures and history – it’s out of this world!

South Africa-enthusiast Matthew Coe from Wanderforth (specialists in luxury travel to The Maldives, Mauritius, Dubai, The Seychelles, South Africa and The USA) has selected these South African adventures. Find out more here.