South Africa is a land known for rugged peaks, rolling countryside and azure waters. Unsurprising then, that itís one of the worldís most popular destinations for a luxury holiday, a land that offers its visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the scenery, be it by air, land, or sea.
Here we take a look at the top 3 activities on offer in the rainbow nation.Quad Biking
A personal favourite, Quad Biking allows visitors to explore South Africaís lush countryside without having to worry about re-routing around boggy fields or being stuck on impassable roads. Quad Bikes in South Africa are designed to handle even the most torturous terrain, and as a result allow you to see and experience places inaccessible to other means of transportation.
Visit the Cathedral Peak Hotel in the Drakensberg Mountains and explore the wide open countryside, hills and ravines for which the area is famed. Lessons are available for beginners on a nearby track, perfect practice before you head out onto the open landscape. Hot Air Ballooning
See South Africa in a new light as you visit Kruger National Park
and take to the air with a hot air balloon ride. Awake early for your trip to the take-off site, traditionally you will be greeted with a cup of coffee (essential at this hour!) and given the opportunity to watch the balloon being inflated - a truly impressive sight.
Then itís time to head for the skies as you watch the sunrise over the game park. As you gaze out over the basked watch in awe at the Lions awaken and look for their first meal of the day and marvel as the Elephants visit the watering hole with their new-borns. This is truly one of the finest ways to see South Africa. Diving
Take to the water and experience a lesser known side of South Africa, its abundant marine life. Take in the natural phenomenon of the Sardine run as schools of fish travel over 1,000 km from Port Elizabeth to Kwa ZuluNatal
For those with slightly braver tendencies thereís Shark Alley which, as its name suggests, itís a hotspot for shark sightings. Here all dives are carried out without cages meaning divers are free to explore the 80,000 year old sandstone reef at their leisure. Visitors here are known to include Hammerheads, Ragged Tooth and Tiger sharks. Truly one of the most thrilling experiences in all of South Africa!
Adam Michael is an editorial assistant with Wanderforth, a London based tour operator specialising in holidays to South Africa