There is nothing better than the thrill you get while doing something adventurous. Adrenaline junkies will have a whale of a time in Cape Town with all the extreme sports and activities the Mother City has to offer. From shark cage diving to paragliding through the sky, the buzz you get is all part of the fun.
As exciting as it is, safety is key. Make sure that you do these activities with a professional tour guide and you take your own personal safety precautions too. Here are some of the most popular extreme sports:
- Ziplining through the Elgin Valley
Ever wondered what it would feel like to fly in between treetops, surrounded by nature? Well, this is as close as you’ll get (for now). The Elgin Grabouw Zipline is located about one hour’s drive from the city of Cape Town. This adventure entails ziplining through a nature reserve, part of the beautiful Elgin Valley. While the adrenaline is pumping, it may be difficult to stop and observe your surroundings. But if you try to relax and embrace the activity, you will be amazed by the views. The tour consists of 13 platforms which are constructed on the mountain slopes of the Riviersonderend gorge, joined by 11 slides. You’ll be harnessed and guided, so do not panic.
- Skydiving over Cape Town
From the same company, Tandem, which offers paragliding, you can now skydive out of an aeroplane. If paragliding couldn’t get more ‘free’, then you’ll be spoiled with the skydiving experience. Imagine floating above the City of Cape Town, overlooking the most majestic aerial view? If this sounds like your kind of adventure, then grab your goodies and get going. The Ultimate Drop Zone is along the R27 (West Coast Road), where you’ll fly out for your dive. When your parachute opens, you’ll literally be on top of the world.
- Shark cage diving in Gansbaai
Ocean lovers tend to love the idea of shark cage diving. Either you’re fascinated by these creatures or you have a deep respect for them, but whatever the reason may be, this is your chance to tread inches away from these massive predators. The diving location is situated in Gansbaai, just outside of Cape Town. This is the shark cage diving capital of the world, so you can expect to be guided by instructors who have years of experience. From the moment you gear up to the moment you jump into the water, the adrenaline rush is a feeling like no other. Feel like a daredevil with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Abseiling down Lion’s Head or Signal Hill
Rock and mountain climbers who already enjoy the feeling of hanging in the air on a harness, would really love the feeling of abseiling down Lion’s Head or Signal Hill. It’s less scary than abseiling down Table Mountain but still thrilling nevertheless. On a sail down the mountain, you’ll be exposed to picturesque views of Camps Bay and Robben Island. The entire experience can take up to an hour to complete.
- Sandboarding through the Atlantis dunes
If you’re looking to enjoy an outdoor family activity that is fun and requires little skill or an instructor to complete it with you, then sandboarding is one of those popular sports. There are many sandboarding locations and companies in Cape Town which all offer sandboard hire and lessons. You’ll just need to find the place which is closest and more convenient for you. In the beginning, don’t feel discouraged when you fall down a few times. After learning the right tips and positions, you’ll be ramping through the dunes in no time. If you decide to commit to lessons, instructors will tailor their lessons around your experience.
- Stand up paddling (SUP) through a variety of different canals
Stand up paddling has quickly become the new craze and it makes sense why. Much like kayaking, it requires you to have strong arms with good rhythm. During the summer months, supping is one of the coolest activities to do with your friends or family, and the best part is that there are many different locations to choose from. Make sure that you check the weather before you book, as wind can make it extremely challenging to navigate through the canals. The worst that can happen is falling into the water.
- Keep fit while exploring the Winelands on bike
Whether you’re a road or mountain biker, these tours are a must-visit. Split into half day tours and extended tours, they include trails that are easy, moderate and more enduring. Not only are these rides interactive, engaging and fun, but there’s a team of experienced riders who ride with you, allowing for group excursions. If you enjoy riding a bicycle and are geared with the proper safe and secure equipment, this experience will be even more exciting. (You can find affordable gear and equipment on the Chris Willemse Cycles website.) Most of the half day tours ride through the Boland Winelands, and the extended tours are more specific to regions. At the end of the day, who’s complaining when you get to explore your city, get fit and meet new people? Perfect for a friends and family adventure.
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