Cape Town Adventures

Behind the usual picture-postcard scenes of Cape Town featuring Table Mountain, wine tastings, beautiful beaches and gourmet dining glamour, there exists a whole other world. This is a realm of adventures, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and the opportunity to see Cape Town at its memory-making best.

The best adventures in Cape Town can be found in the city and its suburbs. Abseiling off Table Mountain, securely attached to ropes and assisted by experienced guides, will set your heart…

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Adventures in Cape Town
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Behind the usual picture-postcard scenes of Cape Town featuring Table Mountain, wine tastings, beautiful beaches and gourmet dining glamour, there exists a whole other world. This is a realm of adventures, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and the opportunity to see Cape Town at its memory-making best.

The best adventures in Cape Town can be found in the city and its suburbs. Abseiling off Table Mountain, securely attached to ropes and assisted by experienced guides, will set your heart racing and offer unsurpassed views of the city, beaches and ocean. If your nerves can handle your feet leaving the ground, then consider a tandem paragliding flight off Lion's Head or a scenic helicopter trip.

When you return to land, a wide variety of activity options await to fill the rest of your stay in Cape Town. Climb into the sidecar of a vintage motorcycle, dressed in a retro leather jacket with goggles and helmet (and a breezy scarf for the ladies) for a tour of the city. If you would prefer to take a bike for a spin yourself, rent a Harley-Davidson motorbike to tour the area in style. A more romantic ride is a horse ride on Longbeach. 

Appreciate the beauty of Table Mountain and the Kirstenbosch National botanical Gardens from the vantage of an aerial boardwalk. Children will love flying along the ziplines and clambering over obstacles at Acrobranch. For family-friendly fun, ride a Monster Mountain Scooter down Signal Hill and the lower slopes of Table Mountain with Scootours.

For more active adventures, include bicycle tours, mountain biking, hiking on table mountain, rock climbing and running tours as your must-do adventures in Cape Town.

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other side of Cape Town, the city celebrates its location with an abundance of water-based activities.

Leisurely pursuits include sailing charters, sunset cruises and pelagic boat trips where you see the city from the sea as well as an abundance of marine wildlife. Get closer to the ocean and its inhabitants when you go deep sea fishing, coasteering, sea kayaking, scuba diving and swimming with seals. See great white sharks up close - from the safety of a reinforced cage - when you go shark cage diving.

For some, being at the beach means lying on a towel or playing volleyball. For others, the waves are the attraction. If you're a water person, these Cape Town adventures will delight: surfing, kiteboarding, surfski paddling and, for a good laugh, try surfing the waves in a two-person inflatable raft (Croc surfing).

Some of the more quirky Cape Town adventure activities include camel rides near Noordhoek and Kommetjie, scuba diving in the predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium, drone racing, shooting, tobogganing and dragon boat racing.

From 25 kilometres away from the city to 90-minutes away, even more Cape Town outdoor adventures await. You can enjoy microlight and gyrocopter flights, hot-air ballooning trips, kloofing adventures, tandem parachuting jumps, dozens of hiking routes, a canopy tour, fly fishing, sandboarding and 4x4 tours. River rafting, whitewater kayaking

There is almost no limit to the number of adventures to enjoy while you're in Cape Town. On your next visit, add at least one of these adventures to your "Things to do in Cape Town" list.

Cape Town Adventures

Abseiling

Strapped into a climbing harness and hanging off the side of Table Mountain from a rope gives you a perspective of the city - almost one vertical-kilometre below - that you won't soon forget. Abseiling is a safe and controlled descent down a rock face. Experienced and qualified guides strap you...

Acrobranch

Acrobranch is one of the fastest growing adventure companies in South Africa.  The first acrobranch was erected in a park in Johannesburg, today there are already 4 different venues around the country.  Cape Town was off course the obvious choice for an acrobranch.  Nestled up on Constantia...

Action Shooting

At Dirty Boots it is all about getting out. So when it comes to shooting we prefer the outdoors, don’t we spend enough time inside.  Shooting is certainly way more fun outside than an indoor shooting range, not so noisy and in your face.  Not far from the city centre about a half an...

Aerial Boardwalk

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the slopes of Table Mountain on an Aerial Bordwark Adventure. Cape Town offer some incredible views and the popular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is no exception. Nestled at the eastern slopes of iconic Table Mountain, this garden is home to more than 20 000...

Aquarium Diving

Take the plunge into the predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium and dive with ragged tooth sharks, rays, turtles and a host of other carnivorous fish. More advanced divers with good buoyancy control may dive in the kelp tank amongst the swaying kelp fronds, slinky silvery fish and large and small...

Beach Horse Rides

Here’s an activity I can speak about with complete confidence, as I jog on this magnificent beach every morning and watch the sunrise over the Kakapo wreck.  If there is one place in the world you need to do this activity it is along Noordhoek beach also known as Longbeach.  Cape Town...

Bicycle Tours

A twilight bike tour of Cape Town leaves from the vibey V&A Waterfront, taking in the city and the ocean, and culminating in sundowner cocktail and snacks overlooking the Atlantic. If’s a fun ride as well as an interesting tour that just happens to be by bicycle.

Bike Tours

Forget apples, riding’s the way to keep the doctor at bay! Researchers have proven what cyclists have known all along: A day in the saddle improves your health and makes you happy! What better place to spend a day on a bicycle than in picture perfect Cape Town! The smell of Malay curry, the sound...

Boat Charters

When you next visit Cape Town, view Table Mountain as the Portuguese, Dutch and French sailors did - from the deck of a yacht in Table Bay. Sunset cruises are understandably popular as well as cruises to Robben Island during the whale-watching season for sightings of southern right whales. Boat charters...

Boat Trips

Cape Town owes its existence to its maritime tradition and the city is surrounded by ocean. So it makes sense to do at least one boat trip. Choose between a whole lot of trips leaving from the V&A Waterfront including some huge boats that can take more than 100 passengers, or opt for the less hectic,...

Canopy Tours

The Cape Floral Region offers a kaleidoscope of colours all year around. During winter, South Africa’s spectacular national flower, the king protea opens up it giant flower head and in the summer, pincushions showcase their brilliant blooms. If you need a new perspective of the flora on the mountain,...

Canyoning

While there are no canyoneering or kloofing opportunities on Table Mountain itself, the mountains outside of the city are havens for adventures. Only 90 minutes from Cape Town is the spectacular Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, which is home to beautiful scenery, towering cliffs, rock pools and exciting...

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Let your hunter-gatherer loose without actually causing bloodshed, and shoot a couple of clay pigeons in the safe and contained Glencairn Quarry shooting range near Simon’s Town. It may look easy, and the “pigeons” may be made of clay but they can fly surprisingly fast. If you hit...

Coasteering

Coasteering is a sporting discipline of working your way along a coast with beach and rocks on one side and ocean on the other. Explore a section of the Cape Town coast, near Boulders Beach, and discover interesting coastal rock formations, marine birdlife, kelp forests, penguins and seals, and beautiful...

Croc Surfing

Not the big scaly animals with teeth. Crocs are specially designed two-place inflatable paddle boats that are just great for paddling white water rivers but are also so much fun in the surf - which is also white water so that’s fine. It’s a blast. You catch a wave and come hurtling in to...

Cycle Tours

A Cycle Tour in Cape Town, the oldest city in South Africa with a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years, is a treat for all the senses. The ‘Mother City’  is known for beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads set behind lush vineyards,  traditional dancers with painted faces performing...

Deep Sea Fishing

If the spray of the sea and the whizz of a reel is your thing, then a deep-sea fishing trip off Cape Town's coast is a must-do adventure. In these Cape waters you have the opportunity to catch four different types of tuna, snoek and yellowtail as well as dorado and marlin in season. A variety of...

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing is so much fun. This ancient Chinese cultural tradition was brought to Cape Town a number of years ago when the city was given two dragon boats by Taiwan. Dragon boat paddling is quite different to paddling a kayak or a canoe, and it takes a short while to pick up the technique. It’s...

Drone Racing

Drone racing attracts newcomers for either their photographic and videography interests or for the competitive aspect of this high-tech sport. In Cape Town, this aerial motorsport-type sport has taken off with club, league and Provincial events that accommodate all age groups and abilities. Competition...

Fishing

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Pacific on the other and crystal-clear streams running through the surrounding mountains, Cape Town is an ideal fishing destination. Deep-sea fishing excursions depart from Hout Bay harbour to head for deep water up to 40 miles offshore. Four different types...

Fly Fishing

Cool mountain streams and dams are safe havens for Cape Town's trout - until the open river season from September to May. It's then that fly rods come out and wily quarry swim for cover, only to be tempted out of hiding by the fly gently landing on the water's surface. Tackle, flies, transport...

Game Fishing

Passionate fishermen skipper the fishing vessels that leave Cape Town's coast for the deep sea. Heading up to 50 nautical miles from land, they are in search of tuna (four types), yellowtail and Cape snoek. Equipped with the best tackle for the targeted species, your guides can offer the best advice...

Gyrocopter

Gyrocopters are in my opinion one of the best small aircraft experience you will ever have.  They are extremely manoeuvrable and way more stable than microlights and other small aircraft.  For scenic flights in and around Cape Town they are perfect.  The sport has grown from strength...

Harley-Davidson Tour

Get your motor runnin' Head out on the highway Lookin' for adventure And whatever comes our way You'll be humming this classic when you take to the open road on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Accompanied by the distinctive pop-pop...pop-pop...pop-pop of the throaty engine, you'll have...

Helicopter Flights

The Mother City offers a kaleidoscope of beautiful scenery, from the raw beauty of Cape Point and majestic Table Mountain to the picture perfect Winelands. All of this is best viewed from above and luckily our operators in Cape Town offer a wide variety of Helicopter Flights! The more adventurous will...

Hiking

Table Mountain National Park is the most astonishingly beautiful city centre in the world. It’s not a hill, it really is a big mountain - over 1,000m high - and it is blessed with an astonishing biological diversity. It’s a world heritage site, and centre of the Cape Floral Region, the smallest...

Hot-Air Ballooning

The most quiet way to fly, hot air ballooning sees you drifting with the wind in whichever direction it blows. 55 kilometres from Cape Town, balloons take off from the Cape Winelands area to soar over the vineyards and farm houses of the Berg River valley. Balloon flights always lift off in the very...

Huey Helicopter Rides

If you’re into classic aircraft you just have to experience flying in a genuine Vietnam Huey helicopter. It’s a bit rough, it’s loud and it’s - well - a bit of a 70s flashback. Humming Ride of the Valkyries to yourself or shouting out “Good Morning Vietnam” are optional.

Kite Surfing

You need two things for kitesurfing - wind and waves - and Cape Town has both. Oh - and a board and a kite. And yourself, and a spirit of adventure and strong arms, legs and core to tense when you see what the Cape Town winds can do to those waves. If you really know what you’re doing you can...

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is the newest, hottest, thing around. It’s an awesome adrenaline rush and also a very effective all-body workout. You get to play outdoors, get lots of exercise and spend quite a bit of time in the sea instead of on it, but that’s all part of the deal. So much fun. Cape Town...

Kloofing

Kloofing is what people in other parts of the world call canyoning. It’s all about following a river along its course in a gorge or canyon - or kloof as we say in South Africa. And you get wet and scared. You jump over waterfalls and swim across deep pools, sometimes abseiling down wet, mossy...

Microlight Flying

Microlight Flying is an affordable way not only to experience scenic flights, but also to obtain a pilot's licence and maintain flying hours. Introductory flights give you a taste of what flying a microlight has to offer. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, you’ll have the opportunity...

Motorcycle Tours

Whether your heart beats in time to the pop-pop...pop-pop...pop-pop of a Harley Davison or the brrrooomm of a road bike, renting a motorcycle in Cape Town is the best way to explore the city and surrounding towns. There are a number of 'classic' biking routes in and around Cape Town: the Peninsula,...

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a fast growing adventure sport, perfect for those that want to combine an adrenaline rush with a work out in stunning scenery. Cape Town is blessed with a wide variety of great mountain biking trails. You can ride through forests and up and down mountain tracks. There are tracks for...

Mountaineering

Cape Town is famed for the Natural Wonder of Table Mountain. While it makes a spectacular backdrop in photographs, the mountain is also an adventure playground for trail runners, mountain bikers, paragliders and mountaineers. Mountaineering in Cape Town comes in different forms to suit experience and...

Paragliding

Cape Town, with its suburbs spread around the base of Table Mountain and its beautiful Atlantic coastline, is an ideal site for paragliding. Pilots come from far and wide to launch off Lion's Head and Signal Hill, spiralling upwards for a bird's eye view of the mountain, beaches and homes. Throughout...

Pelagic Boat Trip

Pelagic boat trips take you away from land and into the open sea where the waters teem with life and you see marine species that you would never see from the coast. The great open ocean birds are a highlight of any pelagic boat trip. In the waters around Cape Point near Cape Town, seven species of albatross...

Power Boating

High speed with superior handling on water defines powerboating. This is a super quick, adventurous and heart-pumping way to see the magnificent Cape Town coastline. Straddle the 'saddle' seats, hold on to the support bar and prepare for high-speed turns and wave jumping! 40 knots is the nautical...

Quad Biking

25 kilometres outside of Cape Town are the Atlantis Dunefields, a priority nature site within a protected conservation area. This large expanse of white sand dunes is a wonderful playground for sandboarding, quad biking and 4x4. Enjoy the rush of riding up and over beach dunes. With practice, you'll...

Rappelling

Whether it is called 'abseil', from the German word abseilen, or 'rappel' - a French word, the activity is the same: "a controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope". Table Mountain's massive cliff face will set your heart pumping and your veins flowing...

River Rafting

There is no actual river rafting in Cape Town but the city is the base from which a number of fun and interesting trips leave. The Breede River is about two hour’s drive east of Cape Town and offers some small rapids and a fun escape from the city. The Doring River is also about two hour’s...

Rock Climbing

Cape Town is South Africa's rock climbing Mecca with over 200 multi-pitch routes in the city on Table Mountain alone. There are hundreds of crags outside of the city at Du Toit's Kloof, Montagu, Paarl, the Cederberg as well as other locations. There are great bouldering opportunities in Rocklands....

Running Tours

Here’s a great opportunity to really get those Boots moving! Go on a Running Tour in Cape Town. Sightseeing in Cape Town is always fun, but on a Running Tour you have the added advantage of an up close and personal encounter with the Mother City while getting fit. You can explore the awesome Table...

Sailing Charters

From the first modern rounding of the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, Cape Town has been a coveted sailing destination. Sailors onboard the clipper ships that followed the trade route to the Far East and Australia and  crew on the deck of state-of-the-art racing...

Sandboarding

Cape Town sandboarding is certainly one of the most popular outdoor adventure activities in the mother city of South Africa. Sandboarding as a sport has been growing exponentially in South Africa over the past 10 years.  Sandboarding is for all ages if you have an average fitness and sense of balance. ...

Scenic Flights

If there is any 20-minute activity that will create a forever memory, it would be a scenic flight above Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Appreciate the grandeur of Table Mountain as it stretches down the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point. See the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the...

Scootours

Scootours joins the list of Cape Town’s many great outdoor activities.  This purely gravity driven adventure is perfect for the whole family, birthday parties, gift vouchers and corporate functions.  Scootours Cape Town launched late 2015 on the slopes of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. ...

Scuba Diving

Cape Town diving is not about coral reefs and pretty colourful fish. The water is a tad cooler than you may be used to if you regularly dive the tropics but the colourful reef life, cold water corals, soft corals, multicoloured sponges and other invertebrate life will just blow you away. And, for those...

Sea Kayaking

False Bay, on the eastern side of Cape Town’s Cape Peninsula, is one of the most fantastic places to explore - and paddling is the best way to explore it. From your stable two-person sea kayak you are almost guaranteed to see seals, penguins and other sea birds, while a dolphin or whale is also...

Seal Snorkelling

The rather unfortunately named Cape fur seals are a bit clumsy on land but, underwater they are fast, elegant and oh so nimble. The little ones are curious and friendly, while the bigger ones usually ignore divers and snorkelers, just keeping a protective eye on the pups. An escorted snorkeling trip...

Seal Viewing Trips

Friendly and inquisitive, Cape fur seals charm Cape Town's visitors. While they can be spotted at harbours, they are best seen up close, from the deck of a boat. A Cape fur seal colony is found on Duiker Island - near Hout Bay. A 40-minute cruise will get you there and back. Between January and...

Shark Cage Diving

South Africa is cream of the crop when it comes to Shark Cage Diving and Cape Town is the country’s prime location! Head to Simon’s Town on False Bay and take a privileged glimpse into the private world of the great white shark, one of nature’s most brilliantly adapted marine predators....

Shark Diving

Like office staff that gather around a coffee machine, Cape Town's great white sharks congregate where food is plentiful. For a great white shark, there is no better treat than a Cape fur seal lunch. That explains why Seal Island, six kilometres off the False Bay coast, is a prime location for shark...

Sidecar Tours

Be transported to a bygone era when you take to the streets of Cape Town in the sidecar of a vintage motorcycle. You'll feel the part when dressed in a stylish retro leather jacket with goggles and helmet. Chauffeurs will take you on a two-hour experience through the inner city and along the city's...

Skydiving

If you just want to try parachuting, you can do a static line jump, or you can opt for a tandem skydive, where you experience about 40 seconds of adrenaline-pumping free fall before you float down to the earth attached to a qualified tandem jump master. Or get serious and learn to skydive, either by...

Sunset Cruises

Little compares to the magnificent view of the Cape Town city skyline at sunset, enjoyed  with a glass of champagne in your hand as you recline on the deck of a yacht. This dream becomes reality when you join a daily scheduled boat charter. This is actually a two-for-one deal because not only do...

Surfing

It’s hardly surprising that Cape Town has a big surf culture with so much fabulous ocean and so many great beaches. And with those come a number of dedicated surf schools where you can learn how to safely play in the waves, whether you want to do so on a standard surfboard, a boogie board, kite...

Surfski Paddling

Keep fit and enjoy the freedom of the ocean when you take up the sport of surfski paddling. As with any paddling discipline, a bit of coaching will give you a solid foundation in paddling technique, water savvy and safety. Then, take to the water. Cape Town has an active surfski community with paddlers...

Swimming with Seals

If swimming with dolphins is old news, snorkeling with seals is breaking news. Friendly and inquisitive creatures, seals live up to their nickname 'dogs of the ocean' and will welcome you into their playground as they spin and twirl like a underwater dancers. Snorkeling takes place off Duiker...

Target Shooting

Target shooting may look easy, and you may think you’ve learned all you need to know from watching Dirty Harry or Gary Cooper in High Noon. Well, it’s not that simple and if you actually want to hit the target occasionally, you will have to take a few lessons and do some practice - but not...

Teambuilding

Calling all employers, supervisors, managers, coaches and parents! Give your team unity, direction and spirit to enhance the successfulness and growth of a business, organisation or family unit. Try a teambuilding activity to help get your team – your best asset - back on target. The beautiful...

Tobogganing

Who needs snow when you've got a 1.25-kilometre long steel half-pipe track and toboggans for all-season tobogganing! Fast and exhilarating, tobogganing is family-friendly fun at its best. 25-minutes from the Cape Town city centre, a downhill adventure awaits. Of course, one ride will never enough...

Tubing

The awesomely beautiful Palmiet River about an hour’s drive from Cape Town offers fantastic white water but, when the water level is a bit low, it’s suitable only for very special watercraft - gekkos. These are not cute little reptiles, but cute little one-person, mini-inflatable craft -...

White Water Kayaking

When the winter rains arrive in Cape Town, the whitewater kayakers dust off their kayaks and head for the nearest rivers. Favourites include the Breede, Palmiet and Doring rivers. If you're new to the sport, a beginner kayak course is essential. Learn to roll, how to read rivers and valuable safety...

Zip Line

The list of thrills and spills in the Mother City is endless and new options for adrenaline junkies open up all the time. One of Cape Town’s newest attractions is the Zip Line Adventure at the Silvermist Mountain Lodge and Wine Estate on Constantia Nek. Make your way to the heart of the Cape of Adventures...

4x4 Tours

Barely a blink away from the sparkling restaurants and shimmering lights of Cape Town is the city's more rugged side. Drive an original 1947 Willys Jeep through the Atlantis Dunes, along a forest route or on a mountain track. Each jeep takes three passengers plus the instructor who is there...