Adventures in Cape Town

It is a balmy summers evening on Table Mountain, the sun is just about to set and the lights of Cape Town begin to twinkle down below. A glass of bubbly in your hand, toast the setting sun and celebrate yet another beautiful day in the Cape. After sunset, take the trip down the rotating Table Mountain Cableway. Below, Cape Town’s many restaurants and bars await.

Cape Town has been named as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

Table Mountain, with its near vertical cliffs,…

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Adventures in Cape Town
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It is a balmy summers evening on Table Mountain, the sun is just about to set and the lights of Cape Town begin to twinkle down below. A glass of bubbly in your hand, toast the setting sun and celebrate yet another beautiful day in the Cape. After sunset, take the trip down the rotating Table Mountain Cableway. Below, Cape Town’s many restaurants and bars await.

Cape Town has been named as one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

Table Mountain, with its near vertical cliffs, flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head on either side, tower over the city bowl. To the south, cliffs rise above the Atlantic Ocean, ending in the spectacular Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost tip of the peninsula is best described by Sir Francis Drake as ‘the fairest cape and the most stately thing we saw in the whole circumference of the globe’.

The Mediterranean climate, extensive coastline and rugged mountains make this region a heaven for adventure seekers and nature lovers.

During the summer month, southeasterly winds, affectionately known as the Cape Doctor, make this a haven for windsurfers, kitesurfers and other wind chasers. Surfing, surf skiing and kayaking are other popular water sports.

A great way to enjoy False Bay or Table Bay is on a sailing adventure. A rich sea life makes for great deep sea angling and unique diving experiences with seals and cow sharks. If you are feeling adventurous, try shark cage diving for an encounter with a great white shark.

During winter and spring, majestic southern right whales and humpback whales make their appearances. It is breeding season, so a mother with her calf is a frequent sighting on whale watching trips.

Hiking on Table Mountain National Park is suited for both the adventurous and the less intrepid hiker. The Cape floral region offers a kaleidoscope of colours all year around. During winter, hikers are rewarded by the sight of flowering king proteas, South Africa’s spectacular national flower. If you need a new perspective of the mountain, try abseiling, skydiving or a microlight trip.

Cape Town is blessed with beautiful beaches, calm bays, stormy coves, and both gentle and white water rivers. For some fast paced paddling try Dragon Boat racing to the beat of ancient drum. Sea kayaking and stand up paddle surfing will also give your arms a good workout and afford you views of Cape Town not seen inland,

If you prefer to enjoy the ocean from the land, go horse back riding along pristine Noordhoek beach or enjoy the scenic coastal route from a a Harley Davidson or in a vintage sidecar.

Whatever your preference, Cape Town is sure to deliver a memorable experience.

For a comprehensive list of Cape Town outdoor adventure activities scroll up and start working your way through them, it should keep you busy for a year or two. 

The above list covers 99% of all the Cape Town outdoor adventure activities and other great things to do in the mother city.

Cape Town Adventures

4x4 Tours

Whether you want to just play around off-road for a while or you want to learn serious four-wheel drive skills, this is your opportunity to play in an off-roader in safety with a knowledgeable guide and/or instructor. You can learn all these skills right here in Cape Town, Cape Town.

Abseiling

Cape Town looks pretty impressive from the top of Table Mountain anyhow - but when you’re hanging from an abseiling rope about a kilometre above the city, it’s a whole nuther experience. And if you really want to get away from it all, you can do some more abseiling on the Kamakaze Kanyon...

Acrobranch

Acrobranch is one of the fastest growing adventure companies in Cape Town.  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...

Below the Surface

Urban sightseeing will never be the same again once you have explored Cape Town under the surface by following ancient river routes that are now covered over by urban development. It’s not only fun and challenging, it’s also a serious look at the history and social reality of the city of...

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...

Blokart Sailing

Cape Town has plenty of wind so harnessing it to a sail-powered cart or buggy makes plenty of sense. After a short intro you get to sail your three-wheeled sailing cart all by yourself. It’s fast, fun and safe and it puts a whole new face on sailing. Kind of like a windsurfer or a dinghy on wheels...

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,...

Camel Rides

If you think that Cape Town is a bit too far from the desert for a camel to feel at home, then you haven’t met the wonderfully contented camels at Imhoff’s Farm, located near Noordhoek and Kommetjie on the southern Cape peninsula. Just ½ hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Cape...

Canopy Tours

The Cape Floral Region offers a kaleidoscope of colours all year around. During winter, Cape Town’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,...

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

Pull on a wetsuit and a PFD (personal floatation device), leap into the ocean and explore the Cape Town coast. It’s a whole new adventure called coasteering, which is sort of similar to mountaineering except no mountain. Only sea, and rocks and birds and kelp and all kinds of fascinating sea creatures....

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 Cape Town 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

The pelagic fishing off Cape Point is legendary, and Simon’s Town is conveniently close by to take keen anglers way out off the point to see if they can catch a big tuna, marlin or other game fish. If you do hook one and you don’t intend eating it, please put it back. Top predators are a...

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...

Fantastic Racing

Always wanted to be a racing driver? Fancy yourself winning the Grand Prix? Get into the drivers seat of a Reynard racing car, wave at your pit crew and go out there and burn some rubber. It’s fast, fun and fantastic in the truest sense of the word. Make your wildest fantasies come true. Start...

Fishing

People from inland scathingly call Cape Town a “fishing village.” Well, that’s no insult really. With sea on all sides and beautiful streams just inland in the wild mountains, it is a fishing destination of note, whether you’re after a marlin on a lure, or a trout of yellow fish...

Fly Fishing

There is nothing quite so contemplative as slowly flicking a fly rod back and forth as you gently land a fly just above where a wily trout is lurking in a pretty mountain stream. The mountains around Cape Town offer some fabulous trout streams and dams, and even some fishing for yellow fish. And there’s...

Go Karting

Go Karting is an exhilarating motorised sport and in Cape Town you get to drive on the amazing circuit of Killarney! Go Karting is suited for all types of thrill seekers and a day out with the family really brings out that competitive spirit in everyone! So get kitted out with race overall, boots, helmet...

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

There is nothing like the throaty grunt of a Harley Davidson to get the adrenalin flowing and to fire the spirit of adventure. Think Easy Rider, think Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. Wild and Free. Explore the beautiful cape scenery on one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made. It’s more than...

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...

Horse Riding

Horse Riding in Cape Town should be on everyone’s bucket list. We are talking about riding on the beaches of one of the most beautiful cities in the world on horseback – now, who wouldn’t want to do that! Picture yourself riding on Noordhoek beach – eight kilometres of white sand beach surrounded...

Hot-Air Ballooning

Take a scenic early morning flight in a hot air balloon over the Cape Winelands accompanied by traditional sparkling wine and followed by a delicious breakfast. In and around Cape Town, hot air ballooning is a summer activity.

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.

Kayaking

Explore the Cape Town coast in a stable sea kayak on an escorted trip, or head a little out of town for a white water experience. You can even do a white water training course.

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 Cape Town. And you get wet and scared. You jump over waterfalls and swim across deep pools, sometimes abseiling down wet, mossy...

Land Sailing

Cape Town is the perfect city for this fun, new outdoor activity, Land Sailing or land yachting in Cape Town can be found at Muizenberg beach (just a little way up the beach road from there).  Currently there is only one operator offering this activity and that is Blokart Cape Town, they are also...

Microlight Flying

Microlight flying is real seat-of-the-pants, wind-in-your-hair flying. It’s like a lawnmower engine with wings.  Whether you choose a “fixed wing” microlight or a gyropcopter that’s more like a miniature helicopter, microlight flying is one of the best ways of doing a scenic...

Motorcycle Tours

Get astride a big motorcycle and head out “looking for adventure.”  Choose from a range of different motorbikes, including BMWs and Harley Davidsons and move on out. You can choose between escorted and unescorted trips. “You gotta go and make it happen - take the world in a loving...

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

Whether you’re into serious climbing or long mountain treks, Cape Town is probably the best-endowed city in the world when it comes to mountains. And it’s one of the few with a whole mountain and a whole national park at its heart. There is so much to explore on this wonderful piece of rock,...

Paragliding

If you are a tourist or a local, doing a tandem paraglide in Cape Town is a must.  There is no better way to see the beautiful Atlantic coastline scattered with magnificent beaches and the awesome backdrop of Table Mountain.  Tandem paraglide Cape Town! A must for any bucket list.  Tandem...

Pelagic Boat Trip

Take a boat trip out into the big blue - beyond Cape Point, on the way to Antarctica. The sea is deep and blue and wild there. Whales surface, deep-water mako sharks cruise around, and pelagic birds like albatrosses and petrels swirl around in the sky. No serious birder can pass up this opportunity...

Power Boating

You can do a relatively sedate scenic cruise around the beautiful coastline of Cape Town from the V&A Waterfront and Simon’s Town. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt for a high-speed skiboat ride with wave jumping as an integral part of the package. Chances are you will get...

Quad Biking

Explore the Dunes and bush outside Cape Town on an easy-to-ride quad bike or ATV (all-terrain vehicle). It’s fun and easy and very quick to learn. Escorted quad bike trips include all equipment and guiding.

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 rock climbing heaven. Right within the city, Table Mountain has hundreds of traditional routes on good, solid, hard Table Mountain Sandstone and a few sport routes. And within an hour or two’s drive from Cape Town are some of the most fabulous crags, including iconic climbing venues...

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

Take a scenic cruise out from the V&A Waterfront, and watch the sunset turn the ocean gold and purple while you sip on a cold beverage. Or, if you are serious about this sailing lark, do a sailing course that will equip you to sail your own yacht - initially just down the coast but eventually across...

Sandboarding

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

Scenic Flights

Cape Town is beautiful from any angle, but it’s just awesome from the air. It’s only on a scenic flight  that you get to appreciate the immensity of Table Mountain and its relationship to the beaches. From the air you get to see the whole of the Table Mountain National Park as it snakes...

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

Cruise out to Seal Island, which is home to thousands of Cape fur seals. In the middle of False Bay it’s a short boat ride from Simons Town in Cape Town’s southern peninsula. As well as seals, you are likely to see lots of birds, including penguins.

Shark Cage Diving

Cape Town 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

Cape Town is a fantastic shark diving destination with a good population of great white sharks around Seal Island in False Bay in winter and early spring, and excellent mako and blue shark diving off Cape Point in summer and autumn.

Sidecar Tours

Take a scenic tour around Cape Town in a vintage motorcycle with sidecar. You can drive yourself if you have a motorcycle licence or you can choose to be a passenger in the nifty sidecar and feel like you’re in a World War II movie.

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

Nothing like taking a gentle cruise out onto the bay at the end of a heavy day, watching the sun set over the ocean and sipping on a chilled drink while you feel the tension just float out of your shoulders, across the deck, and then sink into the sea. Cape Town is blessed with two coastlines and a...

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

Surfski paddling is the hottest sport around and, while it’s not really difficult, it will take a few surfski lessons before you are confident on the water (instead of in the water). Once you’ve worked out the basics and you can stay in your ski, you can start doing surfski races, which...

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! A team that lacks unity, direction and spirit can have a counteractive effect on the successfulness and growth of a business, organization or family unit. Why not try Teambuilding to help get your team – your best asset - back...

Tobogganing

If you have a need for speed, and you enjoyed that hilarious movie “Cool Runnings” you will love this. It’s a toboggan course of over a kilometre in a half-round steep pipe. It’s fast and frantic and you get to make believe you are a rasta-rebel Winter Olympian. Woo - hoo.

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 -...

Underground Tours

The underground tour in Cape Town is one of my favourite Cape Town experiences. A great tour with a touch of adventure. The tour not only gives a historical insight into Cape Town and specifically the castle but also has a sense of exploration and adventure. A must for families, bring granny and the...

Whale Watching

There are two boat-based whale watching options within the city of Cape Town. You can explore Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront, or you can leave from Simons Town and explore False Bay. The land-based whale watching is also excellent - particularly in False Bay where you can often see whales from...

Whale-Watching Flights

The best way to experience the remarkable southern right whales of Cape Town is from above! Whale Watching Flights are a fantastic way to learn about one of the world’s largest mammals and appreciate Cape Town’s breathtaking natural beauty at the same time. It is a winning combination! It...

White Water Kayaking

After the winter rains, the rivers near Cape Town offers some pretty exciting paddling, and white water kayakers revel in the icy rapids. If you know what you’re doing, join in with a local and, if you are still in a learning phase, there are great white water kayaking courses to introduce you...