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There is not shortage of activities in the Cape for those with a taste for adventure. We’ve included some of the more popular options below.
Shark Cage Diving
Your excursion to Geyser and Dyer islands begins at Gansbaai’s picturesque Kleinbaai Harbour on the east coast of South Africa. As the point of entry for all great white shark cage diving expeditions to the islands, this launching slipway of this small harbour becomes a beehive of activity on clear mornings.
This is a thrilling full day experience! We use an ethical and responsible company who specialises in shark tours, and who is also involved in research projects and shark awareness campaigns. This is normally an early start for the drive out to Gansbaai. After a quick breakfast, you will sail of to Shark Alley and commence with the dive.
Passengers are also able to experience excellent surface viewing of the great white sharks from the boat’s upper deck, getting an all round view of the sharks, circling and descending. It is the ideal spot to capture some fantastic shark pictures or shoot video footage – the water is no more than 9 metres deep.
The tour includes the transport to and from Gansbaai, wetsuit gear, refreshments and lunch. All dive equipment and snacks are stocked, safety equipment is checked and the boats are fuelled prior to passengers’ arrival. An educational briefing is provided over breakfast or lunch at the Marine Dynamics headquarters.
Don’t forget to ask Guest Relations to provide you with a beach towel, and see a pharmacist for motion sickness tablets.
A 40-minute drive north along the R27 (or West Coast road as it’s more commonly known) whisks you from the city centre to the only drop zone serving Cape Town, and which boasts one of the best views in the world from altitude. To the south lies the Mother City, sandwiched between towering Table Mountain and bustling Table Bay harbour. Further to the south, and to the far side of the mountain, lies False Bay, Hout Bay and the splendour of the south Peninsula as far as Cape Point. To the west, you will spot Robben Island and the Atlantic breaking on the beautiful Cape west coast, and to the north the Langebaan lagoon. The Drop Zone operates 9 to 4, seven days a week, weather permitting.
Tandem skydiving is offered on all operating days, but places are limited so booking is essential.
There is nothing quite like zipping down the awesome dunes in Cape Town. Guests will be taken to the stunning nature reserve at Atlantis (approx. 40 minutes from Cape Town central). This idyllic location, often used by the film industry, offers incredibly white sand dunes, unique views of Table Mountain and the city and gives people that incredible feeling of wide-open Africa.
Full and half day sandboarding tours are available. Included is a sandboarding lesson that teaches participants how to control, brake and turn – thus allowing total freedom during this exhilarating activity..
Half and full day boarding activities include all sandboard equipment, expert instructors, and transport to and from the sand dune location. The only things guests have to bring are thick socks, sunblock and an adventurous spirit.
Jump on a Monster Mountain Scooter and freewheel into the city below! A unique way to experience Cape Town’s Table Mountain and its breathtaking views in a fun and active way. The 5 km track will take you on an adventurous off-road track down the side of Signal Hill into Bo Kaap, after which you are transported to Table Mountain for your final run down a single track.
Scooters are non-motorised (gravity is enough!), making this an eco-friendly activity.
Cape Town Sidecar Tours
Enjoy a 2 hour exploration of the city and coast in a sidecar. Head over Chapman’s Peak Drive to Simonstown via Noordhoek, Oceanview & Scarborough. Enjoy classic Fish & Chips in Simonstown harbour, before continuing along the False Bay Coastline, over Ou Kaapse Weg and into the Constantia Winelands.
Stop at one of the wine estates and & enjoy a tasting before returning to the city.
Cape Town is one of the most spectacular places in the world to paraglide. Lion’s Head and Signal Hill are the sites most commonly used because of their location and the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Cape Town area.
At 350 m Signal Hill is not terribly high, but does offer excellent paragliding potential with the right winds. Gliders land on the Seapoint promenade in front of the Winchester Mansions hotel and sunset flights are generally rewarded with a cold beer at Harvey’s bar afterwards.
The Table Mountain Abseil is guaranteed to get your pulse racing. The panoramic views from the top of Table Mountain are breathtaking, but the views from the abseil are even better. Descending down the side of a sheer cliff, you will have Camps Bay, the Atlantic Seaboard and the deep blue ocean at your feet with the Twelve Apostles at your side.
Abseiling operates on a daily basis (weather permitting) between 09h30 and 15h30. The overall experience will take about 45 min to an hour, and includes signing in and harnessing up, a safety briefing, accessing the abseiling site, doing the abseil, and a pleasant hike back to the top. No experience is required as guides will show you the ropes and talk you through the whole process.
Excludes Cableway Ticket.
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