Many people go into hibernation when the weather turns cooler but there’s no need to stay indoors until spring returns when there’s epic adventures to be had outside. Ditch your duvet and forget about binge matching another series, as there are plenty of great reasons to explore Mzanzi this winter.

With seven branches spread throughout Southern Africa, we know all about the upside of traveling ‘out of season’ and if that isn’t enough to entice you to go off in search of adventure, we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse:

To balance the falling temperature, we’re dropping a massive 50% OFF the cost to #unzipAdventure in June at any one of our branches when you ‘zipline’ anytime from Monday to Friday. Valid for new, online bookings for the month of June only. Click here to book now.

Proof that the top reason for travelling during low season: amazing specials! Help you to make your dreams come and tick items off your bucket list at a fraction of the ‘high season’ rates. Save on flights, accommodation and activities – many restaurants offer great winter specials too.

There are also usually a lot less tourists around at this time so it’s infinitely easier to get around, there are fewer queues so it is easier to explore and connect with locals for a rich cultural experience.

If you are wanting to spot wildlife, winter is the best period to do so. So whether you head up north to Magoesbaskloof, Magaliesberg or take a sho’t-left to Malolotja in Swaziland, you’re more likely to spot the Big 5 in the bushveld as the usually lush foliage is less dense. As it is cooler, the animals are often more active during the day plus it makes being in the car less uncomfortable for humans and the malaria risk is lower, which makes it the ideal time to visit Kruger or for an epic cross country roadtrip to tick these three ziplines off your list and play “I Spy Something Wild” in our amazing National Park along the way.

It is also often easier to spot birds, monkeys and other creatures in the forest canopy in winter so keep your eyes peeled when you ‘fly Air Nature’ at Tsitsikamma, Karkloof or Drakensberg.

If you head south, your path might cross that of the southern right whales that migrate during autumn and winter to calve: you could discover the magic of the Garden Route and zipline the first Canopy Tur constructed in Africa (Tsitsikamma) and our latest addition (Cape) and spot one of these gentle giants.

Winter also offers a variety of unique perks to look forward to like warm fires, hot chocolate and… snow! You might strike it lucky and get to zipline in the mountains with snowy peaks as your backdrop at our Cape and Drakensberg branches – a rare opportunity that’ll earn you bragging rights and a lot of likes for the photo on Instagram. This is also when proteas bloom and heavy rain falls in the Westen Cape, so look out for impressive waterfalls as you zip through the mountains.

But if the chill of winter gets you down, swap your raincoat and gloves for shorts and slops and visit Durban: the tropical heat and humidity cools down to a pleasantly balmy temperature – and you can enjoy the magnificent patch-work vistas of the Midlands farm lands at Karkloof or head further inland to experience the majesty of the central Dragon’s Berg.

Snow Patrol. Photograph by David Morris

Discover the magic of winter this year and explore your natural South African heritage during this under-appreciated season. Gear up and get outdoors: after all ‘fortune favours the brave’.  And so do we!

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