The weekend has landed and you’ve got nowhere to go – it’s the same old, same old and the lads are rearing to spread their wings and escape, even for a couple of days. Before heading down the pub for a couple of cheeky pints, connect to the net and discover South Africa. Why? This marbled land of big cultures, bigger cats and mammoth thrills is a revolving door of new horizons. My Adventure Store have five South African secrets to revitalize your boys weekend.
Blyde River Canyon Reserve
If you think chasing wildlife on safari and the rollicking streets of Johannesburg will define your SA soujourn, think again. Blyde River Canyon Reserve is the third largest canyon in the world. The scale of Blyde Canyons’ reaches, crevices and peaks is indescribable, over-awing its visitors with a sense of adrenaline and excitement. The Blyde River Canyon extends 50kms along the African escarpment, and marks a two million year old break-away point, where super continent Gondwanaland ruptured and formed what would become Earth as we know it today. As humbling as history can be, Blyde River Canyon spoils visitors with geological delights, awesome adventure sports, meandering and challenging trails and relaxing revelries. Whether the boys love to fish, water-raft, hike or try kloofing, there truly is something for everybody.
Blyde River Canyon Reserve
The Wild Coast
The Wild Coast. A smattering of challenges and rugged, untamed landscapes materialise – you wouldn’t be far off the mark. Without a streetlight, party hot-spot or cocktail dancer in sight, the Wild Coast opens dialogue beyond bravado and forces us to look within, around and acknowledge the indiscriminate honesty of the ocean. The Transkei shoreline is barren and brutal, white sand beaches under-foot and sharp cliffs loom overhead; an authentic adventure waits for every man who dares to explore the shipwrecks of eras gone by, pristine swimming beaches and a multitude of trails for all fitness levels.
Kruger National Park
Trekking the Kruger shouldn’t be reduced to a safari expedition. While nothing beats tracking the Big Four by 4WD, take a break from the predictable and explore two million hectares on your own terms. From sailing to horseback, there are countless ways to experience South Africa’s playground; why not canoe Tsitsikamma, fish the Agulhas, trail across 19 wildlife reserves or kick back with your buddies for a round of golf? Relaxed or high energy, the facilities and activities offered by the folks at Kruger will stimulate your sense of adventure and appreciation for the natural world.
Suspension Bridge in Tsitsikamma, South Africa
South Africa embraces a colourful diversity of beliefs and ethnicities; as you kick back after a long day of trekking, swimming or abseiling, get a taste for the local spirit and let your inhibitions fly away. You’ll never learn, laugh or experience another place like South Africa. What are you waiting for? Your next boys weekend is only a plane ticket away.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Emma Jane