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South Africa has it all: beautiful beaches, breathtaking views, and amazing animal reserves. There is so much to do that a tourist needs several visits just to scratch the surface of what’s out there. Here are our top picks for what to do in South Africa!

1. Bungee jump in Soweto173740f905dad6f768d46b67a2af8e31
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Experience the view of a lifetime by jumping from the Orlando Towers in Soweto, Gauteng. This jump is the equivalent of a 33 story building fall. Charged at a meager $40 a person, this is definitely a must-do.

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2. Paddle faster in St. Lucia4c9e0c628465ddaa50b3697004c889a3
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Head to St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal for the safari experience of your life. You’ll be paddling through a creek rife with hippos and crocodiles! Oh wait, did we mention sharks? They have those too. Several companies can be contacted for prices. It’s a guaranteed once in a lifetime experience.

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3. Take a ride in Limpopo320fdf994e3fcf159e3886f7bbfdfa7d
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Go out and experience nature in the Kruger National Park. See the Big Five (five of Africa’s greatest wild animals which are the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the buffalo and the rhino). You will also have a chance to see tons of endangered and bountiful animals in their natural habitats. Finally, you can go visit the injured animals in the conservation hospitals. The park boasts incredible game drives and camping, which will leave all visitors in awe of nature. Priced at $5.5 per person per day, this is a cheap way to see the best of nature.

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4. Go underground in the Western Caped2bfe0dd27378ffb605b9555aedb84ac
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Go for a visit in the oldest tourist attraction of South Africa, the Cango Caves, just outside Oudtshoorn. There are two different tours: the standard tour and the adventure tour. The standard tour is for the average Joe who just wants to enjoy the surroundings on a walking tour. The adventure tour, on the other hand, is where the serious fun comes in. This tour involves squeezing and pushing your way through some of the oldest caverns in the caves with some of the openings being only 26 cm wide! Priced around $8 per adult for the day, this is one seriously tight holiday.

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5. Snap snap in the Western Cape 5c4c396e31e6a6add8a34b43f1dfd273
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Have you ever felt so dissatisfied with your everyday life that you feel the need to become the dentist of a giant man-eater? If that is the case, then this is the place for you. Head out to Kleinbaai in the Western Cape to go cage diving. You will get in a big cage in shark-infested waters to see these beauties up close. Priced at $70 per trip, this is your chance to sing the Jaws theme for real. Da dum. Da dum…

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6. Swim with some penguins in the Western Cape536ab33b704a4dfa0d94af2fae791907
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Visit Simon’s Town in the Western Cape for the chance to interact with Jackasses. And by that we mean Jackass penguins of course. Called Jackasses for their donkey-like squawks, these adorable water birds are all over Boulder’s Beach. You will have the chance to go swim right between them. The entry fee is around $5. For that price, you get baby penguin memories forever.

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7. Splish splash in KwaZulu-Natal59b0dca0dd550b53828d298c260d861a
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Feast your eyes on the riches of the sea at uShaka Marine World in Durban. This gigantic aquatic theme park has numerous activities. Go down the highest water slide in the Southern hemisphere, snorkel with nearly 1500 different species of fish, and watch some shark and manta ray feedings. The entry is charged at $17 for adults.

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8. Ride a goofy looking bird in the Karoo6e9dfeb5bee9a7c31b4024c7612572d2
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To end off your vacation in the most badass way, try riding on the back of one of the most dangerous birds in the world: the ostrich. If that isn’t enough, try competing in an ostrich derby in Oudtshoorn out in the Karoo region. And if you’re a bit scared, you can go cuddle with the chicks, watch the different stages of development, and help feed the flocks. All prices are available upon request.

SEE ALSO: 10 Places You Must Visit Before It’s Too Late.

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