5 Bucket-List Ad­ven­tures

ES­CAPE THE COUCH AND GET A SHOT OF ADREN­A­LINE RIGHT HERE IN SA WITH THESE MUST-TRY EX­PE­RI­ENCES

Men's Health (South Africa) - - GAME PLAN -

Soar the blue skies

Scared of heights? It’s time to con­quer your fears by strap­ping into a tan­dem paraglider and float­ing over the Mother City. Flights usu­ally de­part off Sig­nal Hill or Lion’s Head where gen­tle up­drafts carry you above the world-fa­mous At­lantic Se­aboard. Back on land, re­ward your brav­ery with a quick dip in the chilly (but re­fresh­ing) At­lantic ocean. –––

Up­grade your of­froad skills

Make your get away from the fast city life and es­cape to the wild. The Ma­fun­yane 4x4 Eco-Trail takes you on a self-drive ad­ven­ture into the un­tamed north­ern reaches of the Kruger Na­tional Park. Leave your stress be­hind as you spend each day nav­i­gat­ing rugged tracks. At night, braai un­der the stars be­fore fall­ing asleep to the sounds of na­ture. –––

Swing here for courage

Watch­ing the Boks play at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium can be a heart­pound­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Even more thrilling? The Big Rush Big Swing, where you step off the walk­way that arches over the sta­dium and swing into the still­ness be­low. Re­mem­ber to take in the view of Dur­ban from the top. –––

Ex­plore hid­den val­leys by foot

Gamkaskloof aka Die Hel is a hid­den val­ley in the Swart­berg moun­tains near Prince Al­bert. Tucked away and dif­fi­cult to ac­cess, ex­cept by 4x4, it’s a trip back in time to a sim­pler ex­is­tence with­out elec­tric­ity, when days were long and lazy and stars too many to count. Pack hik­ing boots for ex­plor­ing the moun­tain trails. –––

Hang ten on the long­est line

Set your in­ner child free and go fast. One of the old­est ex­treme zip lines in the world and still one of the long­est, Zip 2 000 at Sun City takes you on a whirl­wind tour of the land­scape be­low. Trav­el­ling over two kilo­me­tres, you’ll reach speeds of up to 160km/hr – head first!

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