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Adventure Holidays in South Africa

By Madikwe Hills on March 2, 2023

They say life begins at the edge of your comfort zone and South Africa is a brilliant destination for adventurous travellers. Hard to beat, if you ask us.

For some, adventure travel is all about long distance trekking across rugged mountain ranges or white-knuckle rafting down the world’s best rapids. For us, adventure travel is seeking out and exploring the destinations that few people ever get to see. It’s anything that gets you out of your comfort zone, raises the hair on the back of your neck and moves your soul. In our opinion, safari ticks all the boxes.

Are you ready for a South African adventure?

Choose Your Own Adventure with Madikwe Hills


Part of the reason adventure-seeking travellers love to come to South Africa, is the plethora of experiences on offer in our multi-faceted country. Not all have to be extreme, or life-threatening or uncomfortable. We’ve laid out some of the best things to add to your itinerary during your trip.

Big 5 Wildlife Game Drives

During a stay at Madikwe Hills, twice daily guided game drives are included in our rates. With our expert guides at the helm, you’ll be transported into the wilds of Madikwe Game Reserve to discover the animals big and small who reside here. Not only are all of the Big 5 present (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) but also endangered wild dogs, cheetah and plenty of plains game.

Guided Walking Safaris

Upon request, guided walking safaris are also conducted from Madikwe Hills. Feel your senses heighten as you head out on foot with your experienced guide to discover the minute details in the bush often missed from a seat on the game viewing vehicle. Not knowing what’s around the next bend in the road is a primal way to experience Africa. It’ll be sure to get your heart rate up and provide plenty to discuss around the fire that evening.

Helicopter Tours over Blyde River Canyon

If you are combining a trip to Madikwe Hills with other game viewing destinations in the lowveld, you can’t miss an opportunity to see Blyde River Canyon from the seat of a helicopter.

The canyon extends for roughly 50km along the lip of the Great African Escarpment, stretching from the misty highlands down to the hot, dry lowveld at the Blyde Dam.

It’s one of the few areas of montane grassland that still exists in Mpumalanga, consisting of more than 1 000 flora species of which many are found nowhere else in the world, rare or endangered.

Mpumalanga Helicopters offers spectacular flights and picnics along the escarpment.

Other popular adventure activities in South Africa

Hot Air Ballooning Safaris

Shark Cage Diving in Mossel Bay

Rafting excursions on the Orange River

Hiking the Otter Trail

Paragliding in Cape Town

Elephant Encounters in Hoedspruit

Book your ideal South Africa Adventure Holiday

Use our website to book your ideal South Africa adventure holiday. We offer a selection of packages, combos and transfer services to make your safari experience the best it can be. Take a look at our accommodation here and make use of the quick and seamless online booking process and start imagining your ideal vacation today.

Adventure travel at its best doesn’t always have to be death-defying. Some of the best experiences to be had can be quiet, still moments – like on a game viewing vehicle in the company of Africa’s most majestic wildlife.

We hope you choose Madikwe Hills as a part of your next adventure. We look forward to welcoming you.


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