Leisure in South Africa


Find, in this article, and overview of leisure activities available in South Africa: sports, national parks, fishing, hunting...

When moving to South Africa, whether to work, study or other purposes, you will definitely have some free time. The “Rainbow Country” provides a range of leisure activities which you can enjoy if you wish to explore its natural and cultural heritage. Sports is also very popular in South Africa. So wherever you have settled, you are not likely to get bored.


South Africa hosts modern sports infrastructure where you can not only attend but also practice different types of sports. Rugby, football, boxing, cricket and golf are with no doubt the most popular sports in the country. Other activities such as cycling, snorkeling, surf, kite surf, paragliding and bungee jumping are also quite widespread in some regions.

National parks

The country hosts around 20 national parks that are classified into four main categories, namely mountains, sea, desert and the preservation of endangered species. The observation of fauna and flora is one of the main tourist activities in the country. You can thus enjoy a photo safari or observation trip in a pickup, or even on horse or elephant back. You will simply be delighted by these amazing trips, especially if you have children.

Hunting and fishing

South Africa is a popular destination for hunters. Although hunting is condemned by many people worldwide, some reserves are still open to hunters. The impala, wildebeest, blesbok, springbok and zebra are not most wanted species. Note, however, that hunting is open to a limited audience.

As regards the fishing season, it generally lasts from November to June when you can expect to catch tuna, sharks and marlin.


National ski championships are held when it starts to snow on the Maluti, near the Lesotho border, generally between June and July. However, the snow season remains unpredictable. You are thus advised to regularly check weather forecasts. A ski resort, including a hotel and a snow-making plant has been built above the Rhodes village. You can travel there for ski if you can manage to get a pickup.


Like most major Western countries, South Africa also hosts many huge shopping malls including all kinds of shops, cinema halls, etc. Some of these even host exhibition, competitions and other events. You can thus head to a shopping mall if you have some free time and you do not want to get out of town.

 Useful links: – Events in South Africa 
Mall Guide
South African National Parks – Sports in South Africa

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