10 Cape Town Adventures for the Dare Devil in You

South Africa’s Cape Town is no stranger to exciting and adrenaline-charged activities. Whether you wish to snorkel with seals, abseil from Table Mountain, pluck up the courage and go shark-cage diving, or jump out of a plane at 10 000 feet, you won’t have problems finding thrilling outdoor adventures in Cape Town regardless of your fitness levels. To entice the daredevil in you, try these adventurous activities and boost your adrenaline levels up to 10.

1 Paragliding

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There is no better way to get your heart racing than paragliding from Cape Town’s Signal Hill or Lion’s Head. Besides having an unforgettable adventure, you’ll also have a chance to enjoy the spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula while paragliding. Depending on the air conditions and weather, flights last approximately 30 minutes and are available for both amateurs and experienced paragliding fanatics. Check out our Cape Town Tandem Paragliding tour to experience the joy of freeflight from Lion’s Head or Signal Hill. 

2 Abseiling Table Mountain

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Not many adventures in Cape Town are exciting as abseiling off the cliffs of South Africa’s Table Mountain. With an altitude of around 1000 meters above sea level, this is one of the world’s highest abseiling points and an activity to get your heart racing. You can either hike up to the abseil starting point or go on a cable car ride. Keep in mind that abseiling is not for the faint-hearted and vertigo sufferers. Our Table Mountain Hike and Abseil Combo tour offers you an opportunity to do the Abseil while enjoying the pleasure of being surrounded by unspoiled nature.

3 Kayaking

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There’s an amazing colony of South African Penguins on Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town. One of the best ways to get super close to the penguins is by joining a guided kayak tour. Besides penguins, you can spot a variety of marine life and maybe even a dolphin or two if you get lucky. These trips are available daily and last for about 2 hours. You don’t need any kayaking experience whatsoever.

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4 Ziplining

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Travelers looking for an adrenaline fix should definitely consider ziplining while staying in Cape Town. High above Constantia Valley, you’ll discover the longest zipline tour in all of Africa. Experience the awesome rush of flying across valleys 150 meters above ground and enjoy magnificent views of Table Mountain and Constantia Valley.

5 Shark-cage diving

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No list of adrenaline packed adventures in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning shark-cage diving. There are many great white sharks in Cape Town’s blue waters and if you wish to get up close and personal with these fearless predators of the ocean, head out to Overberg town or Gansbaai. There, travelers will find numerous tour companies that offer an unforgettable shark-cage diving experience. What’s better than admiring these endangered sea creatures from a 100% safe steel cage? Our Shark Cage Diving Full Day Tour is the perfect opportunity to see the majestic whales in their natural habitat. 

6 Sandboarding

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If your idea of having a good time involves being strapped to a snowboard and sliding down as white sand dune, you should definitely consider sandboarding in Cape Town. No snowboarding experience is needed here and after some time, you’ll learn how to balance while sandboarding downhill at high speed. The only downside of this outdoor activity is that after sandboarding you’ll probably have sand on your clothes, which is actually not that much of a turn-off. Our 4 x 4 Eco Dune Tour  is an exciting adventure to explore the Atlantis dunes in Cape Town.

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7 Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump

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There are many adrenalin packed adventures in Cape Town to take advantage of, but Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jump is definitely one of the most amazing experiences a person can have. This is one of the tallest bungees from a bridge in the world and offers spectacular views of South Africa’s Bloukrans Valley. Aspiring adventure seekers are definitely going to love this experience, but I have to say that the 200-meter drop is definitely not something for the faint-hearted.

8 Tandem Sky Diving

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Paragliding is good, but Tandem Sky Diving is the real deal! The procedure here is simple. An airplane takes you 9000ft from the ground up into the sky and all you need to do is jump out and experience the ultimate rush. Ideal for adrenaline junkies, tandem sky diving also offers magnificent views of attractions such as the Robben Island and Table Mountain.

9 Surfing

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Surfing is probably one of the best water adventures in Cape Town. The Mother City is blessed with some of the best surf spots in the world, so it comes as no surprise that thousands of both beginner and professional surfers come here to ride the waves. The best places for surfing are Kommetjie, Llandudno, and Noordhoek. If you have no experience in surfing and wish to go where the waves are gentle, I recommend going to the seaside suburb of Muizenberg in False Bay, There, you will find one of the best surf schools in the region, the famous Gary’s Surf School.

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10 Helicopter Flights

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Not everyone is an adrenaline junkie and some people wish to have an amazing adventure without increasing their heart rate levels. A helicopter flight is one of the best ways to enjoy the breathtaking views of Cape Town without having to abseil from a mountain cliff or jump from an airplane. This once-in-a-lifetime experience offers allows you to see some of the most picturesque areas in the city and beyond including places such as Sea Point, Camps Bay, Green Point, and V&A Waterfront.Our Scenic Helicopter experience allows you to explore the iconic landmarks and tourist attractions in Cape Town in the very best way. 

Looking for more adventures in Western Cape during your stay? Get in touch with the our team today to start planning your dream holiday right now. We also offer a wide range of  tour activities and affordable accommodation options at the best rates in town. Contact us today with any booking related queries you may have, or to learn more about finding out-of-the-box travel adventures across Western Cape. 

About The Author: Dejan

I love writing about Cape Town, and all it has to offer. What a pleasure to be able to share this beautiful Mother City with aspiring travellers and visitors from near and far. Come and visit us soon, and when you do, make sure to book with cometocapetown.com :)
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