Action and adventure for the adrenaline junkie in Cape Town
Take a hike, mate
Well, not really. We mean you should go on a walk. Try a gentle stroll through the city centre and pop into St George's Cathedral and Cape Town City Hall; or wander though Greenmarket Square and peruse the African arts and crafts for sale. A walk down Long Street – or up Long Street from just outside Grand Daddy – will reveal a bunch of eclectic stores: musty second-hand bookshops, local jewellers, antique dealers and corner coffee shops.
There is a range of hikes and less strenuous walks leading up Table Mountain, as well as a hike up Lion’s Head. For routes and trails, visit this page. Be sure to play it safe and never hike alone. Tell us where you are going, walk with a friend, take water and warm clothes, and keep the emergency numbers close.
Enjoy the sights of the city on two wheels
Cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts love Cape Town because she offers a superb variety of topography to explore. The best cycling routes include the strip leading from Camps Bay to Hout Bay, a ride along Ou Kaapse Weg, and Chapman’s Peak Drive.
To check out routes, rent a bike and download a cycle map, visit this awesome resource.
Pay homage to the mountain
There’s a lot of fun you can have exploring Table Mountain, one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
First prize for first-time visitors is of course a trip up the mountain via the awesome aerial cableway. When the weather is good, the view from the top is astounding – and over 20-million visitors will agree. A free tip from us at the Grand Daddy: head towards the mountain between 2pm and 4pm. That’s when the traffic up the mountain is at its least busy and you’ll not have to content with as many queues as usual.
In summer months, the cableway runs a sunset special, which is half-price after 6pm. This is often the nicest time of day, with the sun only setting after 8pm. You can catch the last cable car down at 9pm. Buy your ticket to the top here – it’s cheaper than paying at the venue.
Go shark cage diving
A shark cage dive could be a life-changing experience! And where better to soil your wetsuit than the gorgeous coastline of Cape Town? There are quite a few charters and venues to choose from, and depending on your preference you can just about customise your adventure experience.
Warning: a shark cage dive is not for the faint of heart.
Those who would prefer to stay on dry land while observing sharks and other marine marvels, should visit the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront in Table Bay Harbour. Here you can explore the kelp forest, the predator exhibit and hundreds of aquarium displays as you wander through the magnificent halls of one of Cape Town’s top visitor attractions. Shark-lovers can even book a dive with the ragged-tooth sharks in the predator cell – no cage required. Book here and get 10% off the entrance fee.
Hit the surf, dude(tte)
Cape Town is famous for its winter swell, when surfing is an absolute must. Beginners should head towards Muizenberg and Big Bay, where surf schools and professional surf teachers rent out suits, boards and offer great advice on how to tackle your first waves.
Experienced and big-wave surfers will enjoy Llandudno and Hout Bay, where swells can grow to up to 5m.
Stay in touch with the swell and connect to local surfers here.
Kitesurfing and windsurfing are best done at Blouberg, where you can buy or rent equipment for the day.
Take to the skies and fly
If you’re a tried and tested adrenaline junkie then there’s plenty you can experience that will get your heart racing and blood pumping. What about a helicopter flight over Cape Town? Or a freefall skydive from 3 000m above the Mother City? Try paragliding off Lion’s Head in tandem, or abseiling Table Mountain by stepping off the top and sailing downwards some 1200 metres.
And if that’s not heart-stopping enough for you, then visit the Killarney Race Track, the oldest motorsport complex in South Africa. After a few hours of driver training you're free to unleash the fury (and the speed) on the track in a Formula One car. Now that’s what we call the Big Daddy of adrenaline!
Charter a yacht, darling
For a taste of the finer things in life, why not charter a luxury vessel and go on a sunset cruise? A yacht trip around the Table Bay Harbour is an excellent choice of route, offering all aboard the most magnificent views of Table Mountain, the Cape coastline and glorious sunsets. Another glorious option is to charter a cruise around Cape Town's False Bay and Sela Island. The exclusive Classic Cape Charters, loacted in the V&A Waterfront, offres deep sea fishing excursions, ocean sailing and high-speed adventures along the coast. Most charters offer a range of choices, from day trips to sunset cruises, from sailboats to motorised yachts and catamarans, from Gordons Bay and Gansbaai to Simonstown.