South Africa pushes adventure-seekers to the limit, offering nail-biting activities that’ll have your friends treating you with a newfound respect.
It’s a great spot for any adrenaline junkie on their gap year.
Here are the 5 extreme activities in South Africa most likely to get your heart pumping and adventure juices flowing.
1. Great white shark cage diving
Get up close, but hopefully not too personal, with these bad boys by shark diving in a few spots in southern South Africa. Gansbaai is just south of Cape Town and is thought to be the world’s great white shark capital, while Mossel Bay is just a little further east.
Both spots run tours that take you out to sea, teach you shark etiquette, and then lower you down for your first encounter. The sharks will swirl around while you stay safe (and slightly scared) inside the cage.