Did you know?
Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station.
You needn’t go far to find adventures in Cape Town. Diving, paragliding, abseiling and swimming are just some of the outdoor activities that you can enjoy within 5km of the city centre.
Scuba-dive with sharks – no cage or chumming required – at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront. You’ll dive among ragged-tooth sharks, turtles and stingrays. A minimum Open Water 1 qualification is required for this adventure, but you can also do a quick Discover Scuba course on the day if you’re not qualified. If you have an advanced qualification, you can dive in one of only three kelp forest exhibits in the world – an unbeatable experience. Diving here is not weather dependent and visibility is guaranteed.
Hit any of the city’s public swimming pools. Long Street Baths houses original Turkish baths and there is also a 25m-long heated swimming pool. Watch the waves crash as you frolic in the calm waters of the Pavillion public swimming pool in Sea Point. Or go for a more natural setting at the Camps Bay tidal pool.
From the sea to the sky. Head to Lion’s Head for a bit of paragliding; awesome views of Cape Town included. This is a weather dependent activity, but the Mother City provides around 200 suitable days a year. Good paragliding conditions are characterised by a 0-30km/h wind that blows up-slope with a tolerance of 15 degrees. A number of operators offer tandem paragliding from Lion’s Head, but Para-Taxi in particular are known for environmentally responsible practices and for making the sport accessible to the physically challenged.
Since you’re pretty much there anyway, head up Table Mountain via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and then abseil down. Abseil Africa operates from the summit of Cape Town’s most famous landmark. Step off from 1 000m above sea level and rappel into pure vertical space from one of the highest commercial abseiling spots in the world.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)21 487 6800
Around the area
Cape Town's many beaches offer great surfing opportunities. Beginners love Muizenberg; seasoned veterans love Llandudno.
Metered taxis or Cape Town's rapid bus transit system will drop you at any of the locations mentioned here.
Length of stay
The excursions mentioned here take up to 2 hours each.
What to pack
You’ll need sunscreen, sun hats, water and a camera.
Where to stay
Stay in any of the city's wonderful backpackers, guest houses or hotels.