Cape Town, the port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, has some of the best thrilling options of outdoor adventure activities. There are more than enough activities to pump up the thrill and excitement in you – be it in water, land or air. It is an ultimate destination for travelers who seek for some extraordinary outdoor sports. Surfing the waves of Cape Town, Snorkeling in Hout Bay, Horse Riding on the Noordhoek Beach, Tobogganing at the Cool Runnings Theme Park, Whale watching tours, Zip lining across the canyons, Acrobranch, Shark Cage Diving, Skydiving, Swimming with Dolphins, Canyoning – there are so many outdoor adventures that are awaiting you. Cape Town is like a dream for the outdoor enthusiasts. You just need to determine the adrenaline level you want!

Here is a list of top 8 of the outdoor adventures that will help you to get the most adrenaline pumping:

  1. Abseiling off Table Mountain

Cape Town is built on the Table Mountain and going up the mountain is the top-most thing to do in the city. The trek leading to its summit though very challenging needs you to scramble and do rock climbing, it offers an incredible view. But while descending down the vertical cliffs the views from the abseil are even better. It is an experience for about an hour including a hike back to the top. If you are willing to give less effort you can also take an aerial cable ride to the top and have a sweeping view of the city and the busy harbor. Undoubtedly the best thing to do for your adventure seeking soul is abseiling off the vertical cliffs of the Table Mountain. It is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

  1. Canopy Tour in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

The Canopy Tour is Zip lining through the rugged Hottentots Holland Mountains in the Cape Nature Reserve, which is a World Heritage Site, at the top of the Elgin Valley. The place is about an hour drive from Cape Town. You can have another breathtaking flying like experience while Zip lining in this region. This is perfect for the adrenaline junkies. You will slide along steel cables above the huge mountains and the Cape fynbos, which is a distinctive type of vegetation found only in the Africa’s southernmost tip. In the year 2015, Cape Canopy Tour was in the second position on the list of World’s Hottest New Tourism Experiences. 

  1. Tandem Paragliding

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Tandem Paragliding allows the brave heart adventurous people to have a mind blowing view of the long coastlines with clear blue water, white beaches and rugged mountains. The paragliding starts off the Lion’s Head or Signal Hill depending on the direction of the wind and you can fly over the city like a free bird. The tandem paragliding flight instructors are highly experienced and try their best to provide you the most enjoyable flight possible. The bird view of Cape Town is simply the best!

  1. River rafting the Breede River

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The Breede River is ideal for River Rafting with the fast moving streams. It is about one and a half hour drive from Cape Town. The river flows through the Breede River Valley and through towns like Swellendam and Worcester and meanders for about 300 km before flowing into the Indian Ocean at Witsand. This river is undoubtedly free of crocodiles or hippopotamuses and thus a risk-free zone for adventure sport like river rafting. No previous experience is necessary as qualified river guides will guide you throughout the rafting. 

  1. Rock Climbing at Paarl Rock

The Paarl Rock is about 2 km from the historical town of Paarl and which is about a 45 minutes drive from central Cape Town. It is a huge granite rock forming a natural background to the Paarl town. It has got some good outdoor adventure opportunities. Rock Climbing is popular for visitors to Paarl Rock. The place provides the thrill-seekers options for driving through the mountainous tracks, both by cars and bikes. One can take a walk up the Bretagne Rock, which is quite rugged and is followed by about 355 stairs towards the reservoir. It takes about an hour each way to climb from Paarl Rock to the top of the Bretagne Rock. The shortest of the trail is 2.5 km while the longest is about 10 km. The area is also popular for abseiling and free climbing. The Paarl Rock is even a great picnic spot.

  1. Atlantis Dunes 4×4 Trail

This valley of pristine white dunes is at about 45 minutes out of Cape Town. The Atlantis Dunes gives you the most beautiful view when the sun rises and the color of the dunes changes from purple to dusty pink to orange and into a brilliant white at the end. You’ll get an absolute adrenaline rush while bombing down the dunes in a 4×4 vehicle or a quad bike. Prior permission from the Atlantis Municipality is necessary. Through the trails are easy, but you should get acquainted with the terrain and slopes on your first time on the dunes. You can even flaunt your sand boarding skills here.

  1. Ocean Kayaking off Three Anchor Bay

Cape Town being a port city on the southwest coast of South Africa is surrounded by ocean and has a number of beautiful beaches. There are several water sports available but Ocean Kayaking through the Three Anchor Bay in Sea Point is the best way to experience the marine wonder. The Kaskazi Kayaks and Adventures is a sea kayak and adventure centre in Cape Town which specializes in breathtaking kayak experiences. It gives a splendid view of the Table Mountain and a closer look to the marine wildlife like Heaviside’s Dolphins and African Penguins. You do not need any kayaking experience as there are guided tours.

  1. Coasteering

Coasteering is exploring the Cape’s coastline. The adventurous activity encompasses movement along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline. You can indulge yourself in knowing the marine world better while opting for Coasteering from Windmill Beach in Simon’s Town. Coasteering is like Canyoning but in the ocean. You will be given a wetsuit, helmet, life jacket and also a guide. All you need to do is walk along the boulders, jump off into the clear waters and swim to your heart’s content. You can even snorkel and also have a great view of the marine wildlife. You may even face an African Penguin if your luck favors.

So if you are an adventure freak and desire for some ultimate adrenalin kicks, Cape Town is the city you should be in.

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Cape Town, the port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, has some of the best thrilling options of outdoor adventure activities. There are more than enough activities to pump up the thrill and excitement in you - be it in water, land or air. It is an ultimate destination...

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