Nowhere in Africa can seriously compete with Cape Town when it comes to outrageous adventure activities combined with a unique urban and outdoor playground like nowhere on earth. Whether your adrenalin levels respond best to water, land or air, on foot, pedal powered or motorised, there’s more than enough to keep you rearing to go for weeks on end.
Snorkelling with the Seals in Hout Bay
Take a boat out to Duiker Island and get up close to plenty of playful seals in their watery natural environment! Animal Ocean runs 3-hour morning and afternoon trips to Duiker Island, which is home to some 15000 Cape Fur Seals. They provide 5mm wetsuits with hoods, as well as booties, vests and gloves to keep the cold at bay.
Throw yourself off Table Mountain with Abseil Africa
Picture this: you’re on top of the mountain, 1000m above sea level, looking out over the stunning view. Now step off the side of the cliff. That’s pretty much what this adventure entails, a 112m controlled descent overlooking one of the best views in Cape Town. You don’t need to have any prior abseiling experience; the knowledgeable staff will help you with your harness and talk you through the process. They operate daily (weather permitting) so book beforehand to arrange a time or make your way up the cable car and meet them at the top (on the right hand side after you walk out of the cable car station).
Paddle through open waters with Kayak Tours
Choose between penguins and Cape Point and then set out in the two man kayaks. You don’t need prior experience so this is an amazing way to start exploring the sea around Cape Town. You’ll see an abundance of bird life, fish swimming beneath you and sometimes seals playing nearby. The Boulder’s trip is the ideal way to see this penguin colony while the Cape Point route will let you see Cape Town as the sailors did thousands of years ago. Go during whale season for a chance to see these awe-inspiring creatures.
Horse Riding on Noordhoek Beach
Noordhoek is one of Cape Town’s finest horsy neighbourhoods, where visitors can take exciting outrides on the beach. The Imhoff Equestrian Centre at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie does two-hour outrides through the wetlands and onto the pristine Noordhoek beach, offering three rides a day. Marine and land animals are sometimes spotted on the rides, including whales and otters, as well as various birds.
Tobogganing at Cool Runnings in Tygervalley
Bundle the whole family into the car and head to Cool Runnings Theme Park to whizz down the 1.2km Toboggan track! This is one of some 300 toboggan tracks worldwide, and the only one in Africa.
Surfing the Waves of Cape Town
Learn to surf or hone your existing surfing skills with Stoked School of Surf – the most happening surf school in Cape Town. These guys run mobile surf lessons around the in-credibly scenic Cape Peninsula, which means that you get to surf where the conditions and swell are best at the time!