Travel on the wild side

Satisfy your inner daredevil on your next holiday adventure.

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Satisfy your inner daredevil on your next holiday adventure. 

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If you’re itching for an active vacay, put these five places on your radar. Adrenalin junkies will have no lack of options – from bungee jumping to sandboarding – in these exciting travel destinations! 

1 South Africa

With its stretches of powdery beaches; hectares of winelands; the rich, natural beauty of the Garden Route; and famous game reserves, South Africa is a diverse country that is worth making the effort to visit. And while travellers used to bypass Johannesburg, the City of Gold is being transformed into a hip urban destination that has become a must-visit before gentrification takes hold. 

ADRENALIN FIX Bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route. At 216m, it is officially the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee. 

2 Galapagos Islands

An archipelago of around 19 volcanic isles in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos is a bucket- list destination for good reason. Each island has its own unique landscape that can vary from stretches of white, sandy beaches to barren volcanic rocks, while its lack of natural predators makes it an eye-opening spot to view all sorts of wildlife – from playful sea lions to gigantic sea tortoises. 

ADRENALIN FIX Sleep under a blanket of stars in the highlands of Santa Cruz at the Wild Tortoise Camp.

3 Costa Rica

A rugged Central American country known for its beaches, volcanoes and protected rainforests, Costa Rica has over 20 different microclimates and is teeming with wildlife, making it the perfect country to visit for adrenalin-fuelled outdoor activities. 

ADRENALIN FIX Zip line over the dense canopy of trees at Selvatura Park in Monteverde. 

4 New Zealand

Peaceful and quiet, with rolling bucolic hills and dense native forests, New Zealand is the ultimate escape. It is perfect for adventure and exploration. Away from the frequented cities of Wellington and Auckland, visit Dunedin on the island’s southeast coast, emerging as a must-see destination, not least for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and plentiful hiking and cycling trails. 

ADRENALIN FIX Head to Rotorua on New Zealand’s north island, home to Tutea Dalls, the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. 

5 Peru

A South American country that’s home to a slice of the Amazon rainforest and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes Mountains, Peru’s wild topography – not least its icy mountain peaks and arid Pacific coast – makes it a wonderland for adventure. 

ADRENALIN FIX Sandboard down giant dunes in Huacachina, a tiny oasis in the southern Peruvian desert.