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September 10, 2009

Get out and about in the Mother City this spring

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Photo courtesy Leif Sobremonte

With spring officially sprung in Cape Town, it’s time to dust off your sun hat, slap on some sunscreen and set out to explore some of the city’s spectacular outdoor offerings.

Adventure sports

There is loads on offer for adrenalin junkies. Just 40 minutes from the city centre, the white dunes of the Atlantis nature reserve make for a perfect sand-boarding spot – as do the sands of Betty’s Bay, an hour north of the city. With the city’s famed southeaster wind whipping up speeds of 10 to 30 knots, Dolphin Beach at Bloubergstrand is popular with kite surfers and windsurfers alike. The Steenbras River Gorge Hiking Trail also offers abseiling down Kamikaze Canyon!

Horse riding

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Photo courtesy Sharon Schneider

With its white sands, a beach that stretches for miles and Chapman’s Peak providing a picturesque backdrop, Noordhoek is the perfect setting for horse riding. Book your place on a beach trail or explore the wetlands in the area, which are rich with birdlife. Stop off at Noordhoek Farm Village afterwards to grab a bite and browse the wares in the village arts and crafts stores.

Natural wonders

The Mother City is a nature lover’s dream! Put on your walking shoes and explore the Tokai Arboretum, taking a guided walk in the mountains of the South Peninsula to spend time with the area’s wild chacma baboons, or experience the beauty of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – just a few of the city’s natural wonders. Those looking for a more sedate experience should head out to Melkbosstrand, a well-known spring whale-watching spot.

Street market

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Kirstenbosch Gardens, photo courtesy Ian Junor

Make the most of the spring weather and spend some time at Cape Town’s original street market. Find everything from antiques, glassware and costume jewellery to nautical instruments, microscopes and mirrors on Church Street. Casual browsing at its best.

Wine tasting

Take a lazy day out and sample some of the best wines the country has to offer with a visit to the Durbanville Wine Valley, Constantia Wine Route and Helderberg Wine Route. For a more adventurous take on a traditionally relaxed experience, sign up for the Helderberg Wine Route Amazing Race, which runs each month until the end of November 2009.

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