With new and exciting activities arriving in South Africa all the time, we've been working hard to ensure our selection of experience gift vouchers is keeping up with the ever-evolving industry. Whether it's gourmet excursions, adrenaline-pumping thrills, or adorable animal encounters, we've put together this post to showcase our latest and greatest additions for 2019. Have a read for experience gift inspiration, or check out our New Experiences category page for more!
2019 has so far been the year of bottomless brunch, but this experience takes it to the next level by offering you freshly prepared food, chilled sparkling wine, and unparalleled views from the floating restaurant that is The Alba! For only R295 per person guests can enjoy two hours of flowing bubbles, grazing on a delicious hot and cold breakfast spread while the vessel gently cruises around the Harbour. This experience would make a fantastic gift for classy ladies, or a special occasion celebration with your besties!
The Gamtoos River Valley is one of the most scenic regions of Eastern Cape, so what better way to explore the landscape than on a leisurely horseback ride? With a qualified instructor leading the way, this two hour trail is ideal for beginners and follows a gentle pace down to the coast where you'll have 6km of beach to enjoy, plus the opportunity to do a bit of wildlife spotting. A horse riding experience is a thoughtful gift idea for an animal lover in your life, plus a unique way to do some Eastern Cape sightseeing!
With a landscape like South Africa's, it's no surprise some of the world's best extreme sports take place here. Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma is part of the N2, and marks the border between Western and Eastern Cape in the Garden Route, an iconic spot for an iconic adventure! Jump from 216 metres (708ft!) with only an elastic rope attached to your ankles, free-falling for several seconds before bouncing up again and eventually slowing to a gentle pendulum swing - at which point you'll be hoisted back up! This is a truly one-of-a-kind experience that's perfect for adrenaline junkies and bucket list completers.
If you're an animal lover but not a fan of unnatural environments like zoos or sanctuaries, then this sunrise experience is ideal for witnessing meerkats in the wild without disturbing their natural routines. Grab a cup of coffee and settle down for a wildlife show like no other, as furry little faces start to appear from their burrows and go about their morning activities, foraging for breakfast while the tour guide explains their behaviour, habits, and social structures. This meerkat encounter is completely unique and a first of its kind on Experience Days, so don't miss an opportunity to learn more about these curious creatures in a safe and comforting environment!
Plettenberg Bay is well known across the country as the place to go for a range of watersports, with fantastic marine wildlife and scenic diving spots that are prime for exploring. Did we mention it's also home to around six thousand Cape fur seals? Grab a wet-suit and snorkel for an unforgettable aquatic adventure in beautifully clear waters, frolicking with inquisitive seals - often known as puppies of the ocean! Snorkelling in Plettenberg Bay is an experience everyone should have, so treat a friend to a gift voucher and make their ocean puppy dreams come true!
Have you ever had a mad inventor moment where you think of something really cool and try to figure out how it would work in your head? Maybe like a bike on water? Well, someone got there first. Up there with kayaking and canoeing in terms of environmentally-friendly sightseeing activities, these water bikes are easy to use, fun to ride, and give you a little workout while you're cruising! Instructors will show you how they work and lead the way on a scenic journey along the Simon's Town coastline, giving you a wonderfully unique view of False Bay and the distant mountains. This is a great experience gift for travellers and tourists, or a fun day out to share with friends!
That concludes our New Experiences top picks, but we're adding new activities and adventures all the time - so check back regularly for more exciting gift ideas throughout the year!