Coasteering is a great way to explore the rugged South African coastline, combining various adventure disciplines for a great outdoor experience. Experienced tour guides will help you along the way, offering a variety of routes to suit your ability and agility.

Did you know?

The first mention of coasteering in literature appears in the 1973 book, Sea Cliff Climbing, by John Cleare and Robin Collomb.

Coasteering is a relatively new outdoor adventure activity in South Africa, but given that the country has so many excellent stretches of coast to explore, it is likely to grow in popularity as more people discover the attraction.

Coasteering involves travelling along the coastline without any form of transport. Scrambling over rocks, jumping from cliffs into the ocean, and swimming between points are all part and parcel of this coastline adventure experience.

This type of activity will appeal to hikers, rock climbers and swimmers, as well as anyone who enjoys the outdoors and doesn't mind getting wet.

Coasteering routes are set up so that rock climbing is only done in sections where there is a straight drop back to the water below, and where a guide can be on standby as a safety precaution. The equipment used for coasteering includes wetsuits, helmets, buoyancy aids and shoes suitable for climbing.

It was during the late 1990s that coasteering developed into a guided adventure activity, becoming very popular in places like Wales and Cornwall in the United Kingdom. Coasteering races are now run around the world.

Gravity Adventures in Cape Town is the South African pioneer of coasteering, offering two different routes from which explorers can choose. It offers tours for groups as small as two or three people, but can accommodate groups of up to 10.

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean along Cape Town's shores are known to be rather chilly, but with a wetsuit and plenty of adrenalin pumping, explorers won't really notice this during their coasteering expedition.

Cape Town, however, has a much warmer climate than most established coasteering destinations, with an average winter (June to August) temperature of 18.5 °C. Summer (November to February) temperatures are often above 30 °C.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Gravity Adventures
Tel: +27 (0) 21 683 3698

How to get here

Cape Town International Airport takes direct flights from most major cities around the world, as well as connecting flights from Johannesburg and Durban.

Get around

Public transport in Cape Town is very good. Transport to and from your coasteering adventure destination will be organised by your tour operator.

Length of stay

Your coasteering adventure will take at least half a day.

What to pack

All equipment is provided. Don't forget to bring a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

Where to stay

Accommodation in Cape Town ranges from budget backpacker dorms to five-star hotels, with plenty to choose from.

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