Adventures in Cape Town
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The annual Red Bull Big Wave surfing contest takes place at Dungeons in Hout Bay during the winter months.
Adventures in Cape Town mean a wide variety of options and there are soft adventures and ‘oh-my-hat' extreme adventures.
In Cape Town, adventures are readily available all year around, and if you need some physical activity after hours of spectating in football stadiums, then the Mother City's rugged landscape definitely lends itself to some great options.
For starters, the world's highest commercial abseil operates from Table Mountain - suspended in mid-air, the views are well worthwhile. Next in the daring stakes is shark cage-diving, where the courageous are taken out to sea and lowered in a steel cage into the deep for an eye-to-eye encounters with sharks. A number of diving companies operate out of Gansbaai - a 2-hour drive from Cape Town - and also a hangout for Southern Right whales.
Beyond the cityscape, Cape Town has awesome spots to go kloofing (also known as canyoning). Involving a mix of abseiling, hiking, swimming and leaping off cliffs that are 3 to 20 m high into rivers and rock pools, it's sheer insane fun. Then there's sand boarding, much the same as snowboarding - just ditch the snow in favour of sand dunes.
For something different there's kite surfing (wave surfing powered by large controllable kites). You'll come across it at Bloubergstrand, one of the world's best locations for this growing sport.
Among the more regular pursuits suited to the cooler months are horse riding, with the beach at Noordhoek a popular venue; kayaking (Hout Bay, Simonstown, False Bay and Cape Point are some recommended paddling locations); rock climbing; and mountain-biking, an activity for which Cape Town is very well-suited. For some aerial adventure, and another perspective of the city, helicopter flips over the city skydiving, paragliding and microlighting are on offer.
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Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism Information
Gateway Information Centre
Shop 107, Clock Tower Centre
South Arm Road
Tel: +27 (0) 21 405 4500
Fax: +27 (0) 21 405 4524
Tel: +27 (0)72 426 4096
Tel: +27 (0)21 424 4760