9 Reasons You Should Travel South Africa’s Garden Route

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1. Great White Shark Cage Dive

Kick things off in Cape Town with an adrenaline pumping cage dive with the most feared creatures of the sea, the great white shark. Book a trip with one of the many reputable companies then head on out to Gansbaai for your opportunity to suit up and climb into a cage and watch these terrifying creatures circle you. If you choose not to get into the water there is always a great view from the boat as well where the sharks can sometimes be seen breaching and swimming uncomfortably close to the boat. Read more

How to Ride an Ostrich

The day had finally arrived. We were only one week into an eight week trip but I had been thinking about this day for years. It was the day I would finally ride an ostrich.

It’s kind of an odd life aspiration to have, but ever since seeing a Stride Gum commercial featuring men riding ostriches (watch it here), I have felt an unusual urge to take a whirl on one of these large, flightless birds. Almost six years later the opportunity was finally in front of me. Read more

Bloukrans Bungy: World’s Highest Bridge Jump

While travelling along South Africa’s Garden Route we made a stop at Bloukrans River Valley. Although the scenery was certainly beautiful with its steep cliffs of rock and trees jutting down into the river, it wasn’t the reason for our afternoon driving break. It was adrenalin time.

Blourkrans Bridge sits 216 metres above the river running below. It’s the third highest bungy, and the highest bridge bungy in the world, so naturally, I felt the need to do it. I had bungy jumped three times before. Twice in Canada, and once and the famous Nevis Bungy in New Zealand. I had screamed every time. This time, as confident as I thought I was, I screamed again. Read more

Exploring Cape Town

Stepping out of the Cape Town airport into the humid thirty six degree heat was exactly the feeling I was looking for as I ran from Canada’s winter. A cab driver was waiting to whisk me off to the hostel I would be staying at, Ashanti Lodge, Gardens. The driver was very friendly and pointed out different landmarks on our way through the city, telling me the names of the different mountains, driving past the hospital where the first heart transplant was performed, and explaining how people lived in the poorer areas. Read more