scuba diving

scuba diving

Life in South Africa would not be complete without once trying scuba diving and caving. Both should be considered a rite of passage. Just as Americans have their theme parks, South Africans have their nature parks and untouched environments. If a robust and adventurous life appeals to you, perhaps consider checking out the property for sale in Knysna.

Cango Caves

Caving becomes a notch more exciting when it is the Cango Caves that are being targeted. This is an area 30 kilometers away from the Klein Karoo. The Cango caves are world famous for their limestone stalagmite formations that date as far back as 4,500 million years ago. This is no ordinary cave formation: instead, they are a network of caverns like something out of an Indiana Jones movie set. Some of the formations have been given interesting names like “weird cango candle” or “bridal couple”. Some areas in the Cango Caves are off limits to the public but this is mainly to make sure no one is exposed to danger. The length of the caving adventure is about 4 kilometres but only 1 kilometre is open to the public. The adventure takes an average of 1.5 hours and is peppered with a lot of things to gape at like Cleopatra’s Needle and the main chambers.

Big Swing at Graskop

Scarier than online dating is the thrilling free fall adventure from a 1493 meter high gorge swing which explains the name, the Big Swing. As you fall, you will swiftly get to see the Graskop Falls in Mpumalanga town. Graskop literally translates as “grassy peak”, and if you would prefer not to try the free-fall, you can fly across on a high wire that’s about 131 meters long and 80 meters high. It’s called the “foofie slide.” The free-fall is technically similar to a bungee jump, but without the yoyo bounce at the end. You will be safely harnessed as you drop 68 meters in 3 seconds. You won’t even have time to hear yourself scream which is why many go right back to do it again. If you think a rollercoaster is scary, wait until you try the Big Swing. The rollercoaster will seem tame in comparison. Be sure to bring your digital cameras along so that you can take pictures of your friends as they suspend themselves above the 1.5km high gorge!

Scuba Diving in Sodwana Bay

There are dozens of locations to go scuba diving in South Africa but none compare to Sodwana Bay. The marine life in Sodwana Bay is spectacular and is fully protected as a marine reserve under the management of the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park. Once you’ve gone scuba diving here, any other dive spot outside of South Africa will pale in comparison: the experience may indeed leave you searching for bank repossessed houses for sale in the area.

However, since South Africa has a 3000 kilometre coastline touched by two oceans, you have a wonderful range of dive spots to choose. You should make Sodwana Bay the last on your dive spot list because it is the best. Be warned, though: the water is cold and there are deep caves which should only be explored with expert divers. Also, Sodwana Bay has sink holes, beautiful coral reefs, quarries and clear springs. One should take diving classes before attempting to go under. It will all be worth it once you see what is waiting beneath the crystal blue waters of the South African coast.