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.
Enjoy the unique experience of sliding on steel cables while viewing game below with Ama Zwing Zwing Zip Line Tours. With a total length of 1,3kms this airborne adventure takes you over 10 platforms ranging in height from 2m up to 14m. Enjoy refreshments… Read more
Situated just 45 minutes south of Sandton, Johannesburg’s new business district, Bass Lake is considered the best Scuba Training Venue in South Africa, as well as an ideal adventure resort for family oriented activities such as mountain biking, archery,… 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… Read more
Bush Buddy’s Adventure is a huge paintball facility situated in Vereeniging with five large fields to play on. All accessories are available on the premises as well as food and drinks. Come and enjoy a day filled with paintball madness! Ideal for family… Read more
Calabash Cycling Tours and Safaris is an eco-tourism initiative based in the Dinokeng Nature Reserve, a project incorporating many local game farms into one large 125 000 hectare nature reserve. Experience the bushveld like never before as you explore the… Read more
In today’s constant hustle of life we’re always maneuvering through challenges and working hard to get through each day. It seems the only way to take a break is to find an experience that guarantees an equally adventurous outlet. Quad biking does just… Read more
The Adventure Zone is home to some of the most thrilling, adrenaline pumping activities in Gauteng, all nestled within the town of Cullinan. Catering for the discerning backpacker, the Adventure Zone also offers a range of activities including gorge… Read more
Gauteng is an absolutely beautiful province, offering a great combination of rocky terrains, loosely scattered forestry and smooth landscapes. There’s no better way to explore these environments than on a quad bike. The Daytona Adventure Park is situated… Read more
The Waterhaven Country Estate is a naturally beautiful venue spread out over 106 acres of land with a tree lined river that caters for small and large functions. Conveniently situated only twenty minutes from Sandton and Fourways, the hustle and bustle of… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more
Hunting Gold Adventures brings you a multitude of exciting activities for the whole family. Although the primary focus is on fishing, from fly fishing to bass fishing and luxury cruiser fishing, activities such as river rafting and paintball are also on… 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… 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… Read more
The Klipkraal hiking trail near Heidelberg traverses both bush as well as open grassland, offering terrain that gets the heart rate up, but which is not too taxing. The scenery is typical of the Highveld and the grasslands offer view of the distant hills… Read more