Cape Town Adventures

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…

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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.

Cape Town Adventures

Abseiling

Abseiling in Cape Town, South Africa should definitely be on your bucket list of adventurous things to do! The magic of Cape Town lies in the fact that you can be lying on a beach or shopping at the busy and vibrant waterfront and literally 30-minutes later you can be on top of Table Mountain about...

Acrobranch

Acrobranch Cape Town - A must-do family adventure. Looking for a stimulating and healthy adventure in Cape Town, South Africa, for the whole family?  Since many of the popular adventure activities on offer aren’t suitable for little ones, Acrobranch is a great solution for a family or group...

Action Shooting

Action Shooting in Cape Town, South Africa. Like most outdoor activities in Cape Town, the setting for Action Shooting is super scenic - no bedraggled plot of land for us Capetonians to do our target practice in! The shooting range is laid out in a quarry with beautiful views of False Bay and the mountain...

Adventure Biking

Adventure Biking in Cape Town - Guided Motorbike Tours. Feeling the call to head for open spaces and freedom? An adventure biking holiday in Cape Town with one of our highly professional biking outfits will feed body and soul. This is an experience that will invite...

Aerial Cable Trail

Aerial Cable Trail in Cape Town, South Africa. Looking for fun thing to do near Cape Town? Imagine following a trail through rugged mountains, except you’re not on foot but whizzing through the air like a raptor. Multiple cables, platforms and walkways form an aerial trail, which is not just about...

Aquarium Diving

Aquarium Diving in Cape Town, South Africa. Accompanied by a dive master, advanced scuba divers can enter the strange and beautiful swaying world of a Kelp Forest - a rare exhibit at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium situated at the V&A Waterfront. Never fear, if you’re not advanced...

Archery

Archery in Cape Town, South Africa - Archery clubs and shooting ranges. Draw. Aim. Release! You don’t have to be Robin Hood or cupid to come and enjoy this fun sport dating back to the ancient Egyptians. With a little instruction and enthusiasm, you’ll soon be shooting those arrows...

Beach Horse Rides

Wondering what to do this weekend? How about Beach Horse Rides in Cape Town, South Africa? Like the icing on a cake, our long, wide, white sandy beaches just add another layer of beauty to the spectacular topography of Cape Town. And what more fitting way to explore them than on the back of a horse...

Below the Surface

Below the surface tours in Cape Town, South Africa - Also named Tunnel Tours. A new take on urban sightseeing! Like the geological layers found in sedimentary rock, cities also have their historical layers. A tour below the city of Cape Town, in the dark tunnels, channels and chambers, will bring...

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.

Boat Charters

Luxury Boat Charters in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town boat charters offer an impressive range of vessels in which to cruise the waters off the Cape Peninsula including luxury catamarans, vintage inspired sailboats and high-speed jet boats. With its rich maritime history what better way to take...

Boat Trips

Boat Trips in Cape Town can be a family adventure, a romantic sunset cruise, a whale watching experience, a birthday celebration and so much more! Tell a Portuguese sailor from the 1400’s, or a Dutch sailor from the 1600’s, or a British sailor from the 1800’s that you were going...

Bungee Jumping

Coming Soon! Bungee Jumping in Cape Town, South Africa. What better backdrop for a wild bungee jump than the magnificent rock bastion of Table Mountain? A 50-meter bungee (bungy) jump is coming to Cape Town and it’s not a moment too soon for this exciting activity to be added to the wealth of...

Canopy Tours

Canopy Tour (zipline) in Cape Town - Elgin Zipline Adventure. Come and experience a zip-line adventure in a pristine mountainous nature reserve only an hour from Cape Town. Wooden platforms cling like lizards to the cliffs with a series of zip-line-runs up to 320-meters long joining them....

Carriage Drives

Carriage Drives in Cape Town, South Africa. The horse drawn carriage is making its way back into modern culture. It’s romantic, it’s fun, It’s old-school-cool. What a way to celebrate a special event or milestone or just to explore the historic streets of Cape Town. You might have...

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon Shooting in Cape Town - Outdoor Shooting Range. Cape Town clay pigeon shooting has options for a land or sea-based experience. A clay pigeon shooting cruise is a great outing for a team building event or special occasion. On land, you would be hard pressed to find a more scenic location...

Coasteering

Coasteering in Cape Town. A summer activity that takes full advantage of the beautiful boulders of granite that are strewn along the coast around Boulders Beach, Simons Town near Cape Town. You’ll follow your guides as they pick a line just off the shore. Using the boulders like giant steppingstones...

Cycle Tours

Cycle Tours in Cape Town, South Africa - Guided Bike Tours. Cycle tours cover vibrant meanders through the city to absorb the unique culture of Cape Town as well as spectacular scenic routes where you will encounter wildlife like baboons and stop to watch whales breeching in the bay. Cape Town is a...

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing in Cape Town, South Africa. A sport like deep sea fishing that seems to evoke such passion from its practitioners requires excellent service providers and Cape Town has some fine deep-sea fishing outfits who follow the high international standards expected. Professional crews and fishing...

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon Boat Racing in Cape Town is a fun and exciting Teambuilding and Corporate Event. Watching a decorative dragon boat slipping through the mirrored waters of the V & A basin in Cape Town’s waterfront district on a beautiful blue-skied day is a sight to behold. The perfectly timed...

Fatbike Tours

Fatbike Tours and our brand new activity, 'E-Fatbike Tours' on the Atlantis Sand Dunes in Cape Town, South Africa is a must-do experience when visiting the city!  Fat bikes were designed many years ago to cross the Sahara Desert so you can be pretty sure they can handle the exciting...

Fishing

Guided Fishing in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town, with the icy Atlantic and the warm Indian oceans just about colliding on its doorstep, has a deep fishing history. From the 1800’s many hamlets and communities around the Cape Peninsula relied on fishing for subsistence. And some still do....

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in Cape Town - Guided Trips. Only an hour from Cape Town and you can be walking along the bank of a cool burbling stream, wild and pristine, with the majestic Cape Fold mountains towering around you. Your fishing guide will find the perfect spot and all the gear you need, including tackle...

Flyboarding

Flyboarding in Cape Town, South Africa. An exciting new water sport has hit Cape Town’s shores - flyboarding! Like the gannets and the cormorants who live alongside our Cape Peninsula seas, you’ll be flying one minute and then diving down into the water the next. Your flyboard, complete...

Game Fishing

Game Fishing in Cape Town - Sport Fishing and Charters. Cape Town seas offers some of the greatest prizes for the big game angler. Game fishing operators in Cape Town are led by their passion and the pride they have in the magnificent waters off Cape Town. Equipped with the best tackle for the targeted...

Guided Hiking

Guided Hiking in Cape Town - Hiking and walking trails. Cape Town is an absolute hiker’s paradise. Whether you are staying in the city bowl, on the Atlantic Seaboard or in the Southern Suburbs there’s bound to be a stunning trail near you. But think twice before heading off on your...

Gyrocopter

Gyrocopter Flights in Cape Town - Scenic Flights and Training. 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...

Hang Gliding

Hang Gliding in Cape Town. Tandem flights off Lion's Head is a grand Cape Town adventure which instantly introduces you to the magnificent topography around this beautiful city. Before you’ve even launched, you’ll be captivated by the view; the squiggly shoreline of the Atlantic Seaboard...

Harley-Davidson Tour

Harley-Davidson Tours in Cape Town - Guided Motorcycle Tours. An iconic ride for an iconic city where winding coastal roads take you through spectacular scenery and quiet country roads offer a sense of freedom and hours of relaxed riding. Cape Town Harley Davidson tours are carefully put together to...

Helicopter Flights

Helicopter Flights in Cape Town.  If you’re going to choose a city to do a helicopter flight in, it’s got to be Cape Town where you get to see spectacular cityscapes and the most beautiful wild and unspoilt landscapes all in one spectacular ride. Flights take off from the vibrant V...

Horse Riding

Horse Riding in Cape Town, South Africa - Outrides, beach rides, carriage drives and more... Horse riding venues can be found on Cape Town’s rural-urban fringe. Cape Town’s horse-riding adventures are offered in a range of inspiring locations; from rides through fynbos, farms and winelands...

Hot-Air Ballooning

Hot-Air Ballooning in Cape Town. The Cape Town adventure scene has a dizzying array of activities to choose from - all of them in stunning locations offering exciting photographic opportunities, but nothing quite compares to the whimsical romance and adventure of a balloon ride where you can see Table...

Indoor Climbing

Indoor Climbing in Cape Town, South Africa. There are so many reasons to get into indoor climbing in Cape Town. Indoor climbing will lead you to a lifetime of adventuring, taking you to places you couldn’t even imagine, while keeping you lean and fit. Learning the basics of rock climbing indoors,...

Kayaking

Kayaking in Cape Town. With so much coastline, much of it unspoilt, and with many river generating mountains, Cape Town’s kayaking scene is thriving. Just about every seaside suburb has its own canoe club and iconic races, both on sea and down rivers, like the Cape Point Challenge and The Berg...

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing in Cape Town - Lessons and Training from beginner to experienced. Cape Town is a globally recognized kitesurfing hot spot. It’s not just the perfect conditions - reliable winds and stunning beaches - its also the excellent accommodation, fantastic beach culture and beautiful mountainous...

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding in Cape Town - Lessons from beginner to advanced at kiteboarding schools. With the wind whipping and the waves constantly cresting and breaking, this is a highspeed sport characterised by the unpredictability that usually comes with being frequently airborne. Cape Town weather is happy...

Kloofing

Kloofing in Cape Town - Guided Trips. A kloofing (South Africa’s name for canyoning) adventure introduces you to the mountain ecology of the Cape. The Cape Fold Belt, of which Table Mountain is a part, hides magical river systems and are covered by the very special vegetation type called fynbos....

Motorcycle Tours

Motorcycle Tours in Cape Town. Day trips from Cape Town along spectacular coastlines or into mountainous areas with winding passes down into vineyard covered valleys, on immaculate tar or rugged dirt tracks are just some of the type of excursions on offer for motorcycle enthusiasts who visit Cape Town....

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking in Cape Town - Guided Bike Trips. Capetonians are mountain bike junkies. In the last 10 years the sport has exploded here. And it’s not hard to see why. The lower slopes of Table Mountain are laced with exciting bike paths. On the peninsula, Cape Point and Silvermine nature reserves...

Mountaineering

Mountaineering in Cape Town. Central to the life of Cape Town is its dominant feature - Table Mountain. It influences the weather, it’s the first thing people see when they arrive in Cape Town, by sky, sea or road and its beauty brings people flocking to the city from all over the world. It also...

Paragliding

Paragliding in Cape Town. A classic Cape Town experience that is distinguished by its inclusivity; you don’t have to be experienced, physically fit or even able bodied to enjoy this wildly adventurous ride. You only need to have some gumption and, most importantly, trust your pilot. A tandem paragliding...

Pelagic Boat Trip

Pelagic Boat Trips in Cape Town. The icy nutrient rich waters off Cape Town foster rich and diverse ocean life which further promotes an abundance of pelagic birds. Heading up to 30 nautical miles off the rocky promontory of scenic Cape Point and into the deep waters off the continental shelf, a pelagic...

Power Boating

Powerboating in Cape Town. Marine sightseeing on adrenalin! A power boating excursion combines the speed and thrill of a fairground ride with the beauty of Cape Town’s extraordinary coastline. Flying across the sea, at speeds in excess of 74-kilometers, occasionally airborne over waves while following...

Quad Biking

Quad Biking in Cape Town - ATV Trails. Quad biking is a seriously fun activity that has a low barrier to entry because it generally takes about 10 minutes or less to learn how to ride one. Cape Town quad biking operators have identified several areas near Cape Town that are ideal for an exciting ride...

River Rafting

River Rafting in Cape Town. River rafting is one of the oldest adventure activities in Cape Town which means the service providers are extremely experienced with a wealth of knowledge that goes a long way to creating the perfect river trip. Ironically, Cape Town itself doesn’t have runnable rivers,...

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing in Cape Town. You can see the perfect sandstone cliff faces from the city bowl and anyone who’s ever tried rock climbing is going to start getting itchy feet to get up there! Table Mountain (sandstone) and Lions Head (granite) both offer superb quality rock and qualified climbing...

Rope Course

Rope Course in Cape Town, South Africa is all about family fun! In a world where the safety of our children is always on our mind, it’s hard to find a place where they can get outdoors and experience the freedom of adventure. Acrobranch offers just that. Constructed in a forest surrounded...

Running Tours

Running Tours in Cape Town. You can literally run from your residence wherever you’re staying in Cape Town and find yourself on a mountain trail or a beach front promenade in minutes. Running is an invigorating way to explore the city and the wonders of the surrounding Table Mountain National...

Sailing Charters

Sailing Charters in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town, the magnificent corner of the African continent, inspired the world’s greatest explorers and tantalised, tortured and delighted sailors for hundreds of years… “They came in sight of that great and famous Cape, concealed for many...

Sandboarding

Sandboarding in Cape Town, South Africa. The Atlantis Dune Field, 37-kilometers from Cape Town’s city centre, is a dynamic swathe of snowy white sand with dunes up to 50-meters high. It is an ideal location for sandboarding, which is South Africa’s answer to snowboarding, and provides perfect...

Scenic Flights

Scenic Flights in Cape Town, South Africa. Never has there been a time more fitting to leaving the earth and old perspectives. Even if it’s just for 20-minutes, a thoroughly refreshing reboot in the sky is the way to go. Cape Town is beautiful from any angle, but seen from the air the pieces of...

Scootours

Cape Town Scootours - Scootour Trips in Cape Town, South Africa. You can puff and pant your way up Table Mountain or you can do a rip-roaring gravity propelled ride down it! Of course you won’t start from the top - the sheer cliffs of the upper ramparts of the mountain prevent that - but your...

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving in Cape Town - PADI courses and wreck dives. Every popular scuba-diving destination has a set of features that make it unique. Cape Town’s has to be its kelp forests. Variably described as magical or enchanted, they are also referred to as African sea forests and, with varieties of...

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking in Cape Town, South Africa. Exploring sea trails along the beautiful rugged coast of the Cape Peninsula in a kayak is a feast for the senses and one of Cape Town’s best adventure offerings. With expert kayaking guides watching over you and sitting snuggly in a stable double sea kayak,...

Seal Snorkelling

Seal Snorkelling in Cape Town, South Africa. When you snorkel with a curious and playful Cape fur seal its hard to believe they were once on the brink of extinction, brutally clubbed to death for their pelts and their organs, believed to be an aphrodisiac in some countries. In the 1990’s they...

Seal Viewing Trips

Seal Viewing Trips in Cape Town. 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...

Shark Cage Diving

Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa. This has been one of Cape Town’s most iconic adventures almost since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, when a proper flow of tourists finally began coming to our shores. Like all apex predators, the great white shark has captured...

Shark Diving

Shark Diving in Cape Town. 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,...

Sidecar Tours

Sidecar Tours in Cape Town, South Africa. Lean back, relax and take in the spectacular sites of Cape Town on a vintage sidecar tour. You’ll get the freedom vibe of a motorcycle trip without the stress of having to navigate on this chauffeur driven tour. You can choose to do a two-hour city tour...

Skydiving

Skydiving in Cape Town, South Africa. This is heart racing stuff, but it’s got to be done at least once in your life! Cape Town is the perfect setting for a tandem skydive adventure and has superb operators with highly experienced crew. Besides the thrill of the jump, the views across to Table...

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Cape Town - Guided snorkel trips. Snorkeling has been gaining popularity in Cape Town over the last few years. The compelling documentary ‘My octopus teacher’ has shone even more light on the incredible marine diversity and unspoilt wonders of the waters around the Cape...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in Cape Town, South Africa. Stand up paddle surfing is an authentic eco-adventure. No noise, no pollution, just you standing on your board, moving under your own steam, rising and falling gently with the ocean swell. Your qualified adventure guides are all passionate water people,...

Sunset Cruises

Sunset Cruises in Cape Town - Private Charters from the V & A Waterfront. Sunset-cruise-champagne-Cape Town; paradise. Head out on the mirrored harbour waters from one of the quays at the vibrant V & A Waterfront and go sunset chasing on a luxury cruise. As the sun slips down to touch the edge...

Surfing

Surfing in Cape Town - Guided surfing trips, lessons and camps. Cape Town has a golden surfing history and its surf-scene has nurtured many little tousle-haired grommets into the international surfing arena. In Cape Town you are never far from a beach and there are surfing conditions to suit every level...

Surfski Paddling

Surfski Paddling in Cape Town, South Africa. The sport of surfski paddling has exploded in South Africa over the past 15 years, with Cape Town leading the pack. Miles and miles of picturesque coastline offers superb opportunities for hours of fun and exploration on a surfski. As with all ocean-based...

Swimming with Seals

Swimming with Seals in Cape Town, South Africa. Interacting with wild animals in nature is a powerful experience that reminds us what we could lose if we don’t start taking care of our planet. In Cape Town the relatively abundant Cape fur seal provides an experience of emergence into a habitat...

Target Shooting

Target Shooting in Cape Town, South Africa. Looking for an unusual activity to get older kids (8 years and up) out of the house and off their screens to participate in some family fun that they won’t moan about? Cape Town’s target shooting range is in a quarry dug into the side of the pretty...

Teambuilding

Teambuilding in Cape Town - perfect for company events, corporate events and year-end fuctions. Cape Town just can’t stop winning destination awards! Just some of the accolades of the past 10 years include best destination in Africa in 2019, world’s leading Festival and events destination...

Tobogganing

Tobogganing in Cape Town - A family friendly activity. Tobogganing down a grassy green hill with Table Mountain in the distance might seem like a strange combination, but this fast, fun activity has left its snowy home and come to entertain in Cape Town. Snug in your bobsled you can hurtle down the...

Tubing

Tubing in Cape Town, a wonder family adventure. 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...

Tunnel Tours

Tunnel Tour in Cape Town - Guided below the surface Tours. A hidden network of tunnels - rail, mining, utility, water, sewerage and creepy catacombs - lie under cities. They are often hidden for decades - or centuries - and it is through exploration that they come to light. Disused or still functional,...

Underground Tours

Underground Tours in Cape Town. 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...

Water Bikes

Water Bikes in Cape Town is great for the whole family. Us humans just love inventing new ways to experience things. Now, in Cape Town, we can ride a ‘bike’ on water, using our legs to do all the work, instead of our arms. Waterbikes also get you quite high out of the water which provides...

Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Cape Town. 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...

White Water Kayaking

White Water Kayaking in Cape Town, South Africa. The streams that tumble and fall down Table Mountain in the rainy winter months are too small and too precipitous for kayaking, but head an hour or two out of town to the lofty ranges of the Cape Fold Mountains where huge catchment areas abound, and you’ll...

Zip Line

Zip Line in Cape Town, South Africa. A trail in the sky! Cape Town offers a number of exciting aerial zipline trails. There is a zipline location just 20 minutes from the city centre near Constantia Nek, where you can soar over mountainous terrain starting from a high point on the mountain and slowly...

4x4 Tours

4x4 Training and Tours in Cape Town, South Africa. If you’ve never had the experience of driving a 4x4 on genuinely rugged land, this is your chance. It’s one experience you can’t leave Africa without trying. Although you’ll probably be a passenger on an off-road driving tour...