Action & Adventure Attractions
A superb variety of action-packed experiences coupled with diverse terrain and an ideal climate make Gauteng a mecca for adrenaline seekers.
For those who intend to make the most of their stay in Gauteng, dedicated operators offer world-class climbing, hiking and walking routes, mountain biking and cycle tours, paragliding, parachuting, skydiving and bungee jumping in all corners of the province – and just about any other extreme adventure you can think of.
Visitors who enjoy rock climbing are in for a treat – and those who haven’t abseiled before have an opportunity to descend some of Gauteng’s most iconic buildings, including Ponte, Soweto’s Orlando Towers and others in Johannesburg. You can also rap jump - abseil with the ropes attached to your back instead of your front, so you descend facing the ground, and at a run if you’re in a hurry.
Purerush Industries in Johannesburg offers rap jumping at the massive Orlando Towers, freeboarding that they compare to snowboarding on the street, as well as street luge and butt boarding, and mountain boarding and sandboarding on Gauteng’s famed mine dumps.
Wild Cave Adventures is based in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage area, and offers a tantalising mix of options that include abseiling, caving, rock climbing, mountaineering, wild caving, trekking, kloofing, and teambuilding.
Living on the Edge Adventures hosts Bungee Mogale off the Kings Kloof Bridge in Mogale City (Krugersdorp). Anyone weighing between 40kg and 120kg can jump, but no tandem jumps are allowed. The height of the jump is almost 50m.
At the Orlando Towers vertical adventure centre in Soweto, bungee jumping, climbing, abseiling, rap jumping, and swinging are on offer.
The Vaal River, a tributary of the Orange River, is very close to Johannesburg and is a popular destination for those looking to take on some easy rapids. A very pleasant day enjoying small and mildly challenging rapids can also be enjoyed on the Crocodile River.
For those looking to hike one of Gauteng’s scenic trails, meet up with any of the following hiking clubs:
The Boksburg Hiking Club
Johannesburg Hiking Club
Pretoria Dapper Stapper Klub/Club
If you’re comfortable on a horse, The Danielsrust Horse Trails offers riding in the Kromdraai Conservancy, 40km from Johannesburg, across some of the last remaining big farms in Gauteng. On the trails you can view more than 700 head of game; you can also ride through the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, and to the spectacular Wonder Cave.
Gauteng is particularly popular with mountain bike lovers, and the province’s superb weather allows for cycling at any time of the year, all day and just about every day.
The Johannesburg Mountain Biking Club holds rides of different length, difficulty and technical challenge that visitors can join at a cost of R20.
For skydivers the sky is the limit on most Sundays at various locations around the city. Pretoria Skydiving Club, the biggest of its kind in South Africa, is your best bet if you’re inland. It flies two Pilatus Porters, making 20-way formations a real possibility.
For climbers, Gauteng hosts the The Climbing Barn just outside Tshwane. It features more than 450m² of climbing wall and in excess of 100m² of bouldering.
Wonderwall in Johannesburg is an indoor climbing venue that features 500m² of climbing walls, as well as a 3m-high bouldering cave. It caters to everyone, from beginners to veterans, and gear is available for rental.
Avalanche Ski Slope is located at the Cedar Square shopping centre in the suburb of Fourways, Johannesburg. The 65-metre ski slope allows visitors to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, bumboarding and tubing, and it has a drag lift which takes visitors to the top. Expert ski instructors are available for...Read more
Bass Lake is frequently used by scuba diving schools because of its varying depth which is perfect for learners and experts alike. The lake has training grids at various depths and a number of underwater wrecks for more advanced divers to explore. Bass Lake also has various courses, such as basic...Read more
Meet at sunrise at the Magalies River Valley, and moments later you’ll be hovering over the tree tops sipping champagne and watching the light travel over the land as you look out over the Cradle of Humankind, or perhaps drifting above the Magaliesberg range. Either way you’re doing it in style....Read more
Flinging yourself headfirst towards the ground is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but action enthusiasts have been satisfying their need for adrenaline at Bungee Mogale, in Krugersdorp Mogale City since 2005 when the extreme sports and adventure centre opened.Read more
Bungee jumping began in the South Pacific as a rite of passage among young men proving their manhood. Bungee Mogale, which offers a series of jumps, swings and slides off a 50m bridge in Krugersdorp, will surely test anyone’s courage, but with a great deal of enjoyable head rush too.Read more
Looking for a unique way to experience the bush? Calabash Cycling Tours and Safaris is an eco-tourism initiative based in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, a project located 40km north of Tshwane which incorporates many local game farms into one large 125 000 hectare nature reserve. The Dinokeng Game...Read more
Fantastic Racing is the total racing experience offering individual and corporate racing events throughout South Africa. They offer the unique opportunity of experiencing and racing anything from road cars through to F1 vehicles at a Johannesburg or Cape Town track. Whether you’re an individual, a...Read more
Zoom through the water and leap into the air using nothing but water propulsion to thrust you upwards. This is a one-of-a-kind, extreme water sport that can only be found at three venues in South Africa, one of which is the Boathouse, located on the premises of the Riverside Sun Resort in...Read more
The airfield from which Free Flying Adventures operates is located close to the Hartbeespoort Dam region of Gauteng. There are a number of ways to enjoy a Free Flying Adventure, whether it’s a once in a lifetime hang gliding experience or starting a new, thrilling hobby.Read more
Situated in the rolling foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains, GoVertical Adventures is the perfect place for adventure seekers to get their adrenalin fix while in Gauteng. Whether you’re rock climbing or abseiling, river rafting or kloofing, the GoVertical team believes that the thrill of...Read more
Go rock climbing with Go Vertical Mountaineering Adventures! This Rock Climbing course in Johannesburg will not only provide you with a fun filled day of adventure scaling rocks, but it will also prepare you if you decide to take up mountaineering as a sport. The full day course focuses on...Read more
Ever wanted to experience the thrill of riding on a Harley Davidson? Feel the breeze on your skin, listen to the growl of the motorcycle and smell the air as it rushes past you. Harley Chauffeur Rides can give you this opportunity. Looking to make an event memorable or do something a little...Read more
Since 2011, Helivate Helicopter Serves has been one of the leading providers of business helicopter flights and private helicopter charter in South Africa. Based in Krugersdorp, the business offers friendly and efficient service, making helicopter charter seamless and stress free.Read more
Take in the beautiful breath-taking landscape and scenery of the Cradle of Humankind and Dinokeng with Hot Air Ballooning SA. CEO and Chief Pilot of Hot Air Ballooning SA, Marc Nuthal has won the title of South Africa’s hot air ballooning champion 4 times, and has been involved with hot air...Read more
The Icarus Skydiving School specialises in skydiving training. The school is fully equipped to train a complete novice to do their first parachute jump and also offers tandem jumps for those seeking the thrill of skydiving as a once off experience. All instructors are PASA qualified and have in...Read more
Located at Panorama Airfield, the Johannesburg Flying Academy is perfectly situated near the Johannesburg South Helicopter General flying area, close to the Rand Airport. The Johannesburg Flying academy is an approved CAA flight school, carrying out training for National (NPL), Private (PPL)...Read more
Are you a daredevil? Are you at your happiest when adrenalin is rushing through your veins and the wind’s in your hair? If so – and if you are not afraid of heights – then a day at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club in Carletonville, west Gauteng, may be the thing for you.Read more
Powered by Pure Rush Industries, Jozi X is located on the corner of Main Road and Sloane Street, in Bryanston, Johannesburg, and offers alternative, exciting activities to anyone looking for adventure. The park has been designed to cater for 5 to 75 year olds so everyone has something fun to do.... Read more