7 Exhilarating Adventure Activities in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the popular girl in the class who has it all – great weather, incredible scenery, breathtaking panoramas, excellent restaurants, friendly locals, amazing beaches, buzzing nightlife, abundance of wildlife and glorious marine life. And if you are an adrenaline junkie, then Cape Town can provide you with a plethora of exciting, breathless activities sweeping all the way from vineyard, to mountain to the sea. And if you are having trouble picking a few to try out or enjoy, you are not alone.
Here are our top 7 choices for exciting activities in Cape Town.
1. Helicopter Flip over the Atlantic Ocean
There is nothing quite like the thrill of a chopper flight through any scenic region of the world, and climbing into a chopper to take a zippy flip over the city bowl, waterfront and rugged Cape Peninsula is a once in a lifetime experience. This is one of the attractions that has to be booked in advance, and most of the flips leave from the waterfront so get there early, before the crowds arrive.
2. The Cobra at Ratanga Junction
Ratanga Junction is the cutting edge theme and amusement park at a location that is close to the heart of the city itself, providing visitors to the theme park with some of the most incredible views of the regal Table Mountain, right over to Lions Head, Devils Peak and the glorious, breeze-ruffled Atlantic Ocean. The Cobra is the park’s flagship ride, offering adrenalin junkies the ride of a lifetime â€“ definitely not for the faint hearted.
3. Scuba Diving at the Aquarium
If you see a diver swimming in and around the Kelp Forest that is in the predator display â€“ don’t be alarmed, and don’t feel left out, all you have to do is book and you can be next. As long as you have the right diving certification, it can be you, and the predators, up close and personal without a cage, experiencing life from a totally different perspective. So book ahead, if you dare.
4. Paraglide off Lions Head
Lions Head is a popular attraction and is regularly enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Full moon hikes are a popular event that locals take the time to enjoy and regularly attend. But during the day Lions Head doesn’t just give way to hikers and picnic enthusiasts â€“ it is transformed into a hub for paragliders looking to launch off the face of the mountain, ready to soar majestically right over the peninsula.
5. Abseil off Table Mountain
Even if you have never had any experience in any climbing or abseiling, or if you don’t have any equipment â€“ this is one of those activities that requires only nerves of steel and a desire to throw yourself 1000m off the dis of Table Mountain attached to a safety harness and a bit of rope. Just rock up, they will talk you through it, take your money and help to persuade you to leap off the side and guide you through the whole performance, hoping that you have enjoyed it so much you will want to do it again and again.
6. Mountain Bike Silvermine Reserve
Mountain biking is a popular pastime in Cape Town, and who can blame the locals with such incredibly beautiful surroundings. Cycle paths through vineyards, up mountain paths, under waterfalls, and through forests, along beachfronts, lush leafy boardwalks are just some of the riding areas to enjoy. The Silvermine Reserve has a section that is a seriously challenging pass ride, so if you are looking for a bit more than a lazy pedal along the beach front, this one is for you.
7. Kite Surfing in Big Bay
Big Bay, along the western coast region, is about 15 minute’s drive from the centre of the city and if you are into kite, board or wind surfing this is the place for you. This is a particularly windy section of the peninsula and is popular for kite flying â€“ although you may need to put your body weight into it, and on some days when the wind is really strong, just let go.
So when you land in Cape Town, which one of these adventures do you want to try out first?
Louise Trainor is a travel advisor and blogs on a number of websites. She enjoys sharing her holiday experiences with others. See what Cape Town South Africa has to offer!