Cape Town Adventures and Things To Do.
“A most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth” the English Admiral Sir Francis Drake is recorded as saying as he rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1580. Cape Town is still defined by its astounding natural beauty and Table Mountain, the 1085m bastion of sandstone that towers over the city, has become one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The entire mountainous spine of the Cape Peninsula as well as much of the coast is protected under the auspices of Table Mountain National Park creating an unspoilt adventure playground just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
And adventures proliferate! On the mountain slopes old forestry roads are alive once again with mountain bikes and gravity propelled Scootours. Tandem paragliding and hang-gliding operators take advantage of the slopes around Lions Head to launch their exhilarating flights. The summit of Table Mountain hosts an abseil over a 112m cliff face with breath-taking views of the Atlantic Seaboard. Trails criss-cross the entire peninsula range facilitating exploration on foot. Exciting hiking, climbing and trail running tours will open your eyes to the wonder of the Western Cape’s unique endemic plant type- fynbos. 2500 species of flowering plants adorn the Table Mountain chain.
From the mountain, dazzling white beaches and aquamarine water vie for your attention. Cape Town’s ocean orientated adventures are legendary. From shark cage diving in beautiful False Bay to kayaking amongst penguins at Boulders Beach, from sunset cruises and whale watching boat trips to scuba diving and snorkeling in enchanting kelp forests; the list of things to do off Cape Town ’s rugged shoreline is endless. Pristine beaches provide dreamy settings for horse riding, surfing and kite boarding.
With all this nature it’s easy to forget that Cape Town is a vibey thriving City with world class restaurants and wine tastings and sophisticated shopping destinations like the Waterfront. There are many urban adventures on offer too. A tunnel tour under the city will give an unusual and rather dark perspective on the history of Cape Town. Motorcycle tours are a great way to take in the spectacular scenery of the trip down to Cape Point with a view stop along the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive.
If the list of Cape Town adventures becomes too overwhelming, then get the best overview possible with a scenic helicopter flight over the whole of the Cape Peninsula.