Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, South Africa

Traveling further along Walker Bay you will drive through pretty landscapes to reach the small village of Gansbaai just 20-30 minutes from Hermanus.

Here is the best place to have an adventure and go great whie shark cage diving. There are tons of companies that offer this exciting activity and you will see sign boards and adverts just about everywhere. You can book for this before hand on the internet or by phoning one of the companies and the one you choose will inform you the day before your scheduled trip if the weather conditions are stable enough. Even famous celebrities like Nicholas Cage have come here to dive with the majestic Great White Shark. You are given a meal and snacks on your trip and you will usually leave fairly early in the morning. Remember to take your sea sickness tablets and be prepared as sometimes the weather can change quite quickly making your boat ride choppy. You can choose to scuba dive if you have a certificate, but most tourists simply use goggles and hold their breath just under the surface in protective cages. The crew on board will chum the water using broken up pieces of fresh fish to lure the sharks in close to the boat, sometimes breaching the water as they bite the fish. It is an exhilarating and dramatic event to witness and something that you will never ever forget.

Breede River and White Water Rafting

Something that many tourists, seeking adventure and fun, love to do when they visit South Africa is to go white water rafting. The Orange River is a popular spot, but the lovely Breede River just outside of Cape Town in the Worcester/Ceres Valley is also a great place to have a milder white water rafting and kayaking vacation. The river is a perfect place for those who enjoy fishing and many charter boats are available. You can also take part in rock angling and shore angling with equipment provided at many resorts. River cruises are also a great way to relax and they will take passengers “pub crawling” to the local bush bar and back for a fun evening. Many locals and tourist also come here every year for the Up the Creek Concerts that take place. In the calmer waters of the river you can try water skiing or other water sports for a great vacation and even visit De Hoop Nature Reserve for excellent bird and wildlife spotting. The Breede River Valley is also part of the Cape wine route and also the fruit route, producing the largest amount of fruit in the country.

Bridge Jumping at Gouritz and Bloukrans

One of the most exciting things to do when on vacation is to do some extreme sports activities.

This includes going to the historic bridge over the Gouritz River for some wild bungee jumping and bridge swinging. Here you can also enjoy abseiling, rock climbing and walking trails. This bridge was built in 1892 and the Kiwi Extreme Company launched its bungee jumping off the bridge in 1990. You have to be over the age of 14 to jump off the bridge and every safety precaution is taken, although you will have to sign an indemnity form. Every jump is filmed for you to keep as a memento if the weather is good. Aside from this bridge near to Mossel Bay, the same professional team offers bungee jumping at the highest commercial bridge in the world, the Bloukrans River Bridge. This bridge is located towards the end of the Garden Route, but is officially in the Eastern Cape. It is 216 meters high and 216 meters long but the jump is only 160 meters.

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