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.