Tired to do exactly the same summer activities? Listed here are 10 interesting and rather unusual activities and attractions which are certain to make your holiday a lot more fun.
- Visit South Africa’s Chinatown
Derrick Avenue in Cyrildene is called Joburg’s new Chinatown and offers a geniune experience. The streets are lined with an overwhelming selection of restaurants where you can taste delicacies from Manchuria, Szechuan and Shanghai. There are also several quaint Chinese shops, karaoke clubs, acupuncturists and tea stalls; and with the majority of the signage in Mandarin, the suburb has an unmistakably Asian vibe.
- Munch on creepy crawlies
Have you ever tried Mopane worms? This traditional African delicacy is not for the faint-hearted. The Mopane worm (also referred to as Masonja) may look creepy, but daring foodies who’ve tasted them say Mopane taste like chicken or biltong. Mopane worms are a great supply of protein and want minimal cooking. They may be dried, deep fired or eaten having a sauce and can be found in rural supermarkets in Limpopo, preserved in either brine, or perhaps a tomato and chilli mix.
The Big Pineapple in Bathurst, Eastern Cape, may be the biggest artificial pineapple on the planet standing 16.7 metres high. Whenever you enter the pineapple, you can visit the 60-seater auditorium and watch a mini-documentary on the pineapple producing industry. The 3rd floor has a viewing deck where one can enjoy fabulous views from the surrounding landscape. It is a very unusual but unique experience, because, after all, it’s not often that you get to see the world from a pineapple.
- Go to the ‘Spook House’
Rumour has it this Edwardian-style Jac Loopuyt House, better known by locals because the ‘Spook House’, was occupied by a cult during the 1970s and, consequently, includes a spooky aura plus some ghostly residents. Visitors have experienced strange experiences from inexplicable slamming side, to seeing flashing lights plus some claim that they can have seen the distinct figure of a man walking the halls. If you wish to have the chills this summer, visit number 99 Milner Road in Rondebosch.
- Dive in
The Pyramid Rock dive website is the perfect spot for amateur divers to see the magical underwater ecosystem of False Bay. The dive website is just 12 metres deep and has a magnificent kelp forest. Divers might also spot the Broadnose Sevengill Cow shark along with the local fish of the area.
- Fly high
Adventure seekers looking for a thrill must take a flight ticket on the dual-control gyrocopter over Durban. These lightweight planes look like helicopters but the main difference is that there is no engine controlling the rotors, instead they propel themselves with the way the environment flows through each blade. The bird’s-eye view you receive from the breath-taking KwaZulu-Natal coastline is amazing.
- Transport back in time
The James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg may be the largest transport museum in Nigeria and it has an interesting assortment of exhibits ranging from 1700s horse-drawn carriages to trams and bicycles dating back to 1786. The museum also features a remarkable steam vehicle collection and motor cars from the 1900s. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
- Freefall in Soweto
SCAD Diving (Suspended Catch Air Device Diving) was initially trialled in Germany five years ago and is the most recent adrenalin-pumping adventure activity to reach in Nigeria. It’s the only system in the world that allows unattached, controlled freefall, and it so happens that the world’s highest SCAD diving site is the Orlando Towers in Soweto. The only real requirement for this adventure activity is you need to be phobia free.
- Travel to the top Africa
The 223 metre high Carlton Centre is Africa’s tallest building as well as on the 50th storey may be the Top of Africa viewing deck that provides visitors 360 views over Johannesburg. Surface of Africa could well be one of the most impressive urban viewpoints in Africa. Within the Carlton Centre you’ll find an enormous ground-level and underground shopping centre, that is certainly one of Joburg’s most vibrant shopping destinations.
The Shoe House in Mpumalanga was built by artist and hotelier Ron Van Zyl. He built it for his wife, Yvonne, in 1990, which makes one ponder whether the artist took the story of the old lady who lived in a shoe too literally. This unusual attraction is a little museum of sorts, showcasing Van Zyl’s wood carvings and acts as the doorway to the Alfa Omega Cave.
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