Adventure Cape Town

You'll often see paragliders gliding off Cape Town's beautiful peaks, such as Table Mountain and Chapman's Peak. Photo courtesy purplemattfish

Adventurers and adrenalin junkies are spoilt for choice when visiting Cape Town. Here are just a few heart-thumping activities for you to try out and review.

Cycling and mountain biking

Mountain biking is very popular in Cape Town. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town is bicycle crazy. You'll see cyclists hugging the bends wherever you drive in the Cape Peninsula, especially in the summer months and in the weeks and months prior to the Cape Argus cycle race, one of the world's biggest road bike races. The Cape Argus is held in March each year, and spans 100km of Cape Town's most beautiful – and most arduous – roads.

This has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world for mountain biking. Visit our attractions page on mountain biking to find out more, or find out more about the Cape Epic, the world's largest staged mountain bike race, held in the Western Cape.

Hiking

Table Mountain and Lion’s Head are the two most popular hikes in Cape Town and both have starting points within a few kilometres of the city centre.

Lion’s Head is suitable for those with a basic fitness level. The average hiker should reach the top within 45 minutes to enjoy superb views of the city and coastline.

The Platteklip Gorge route up Table Mountain is the most challenging, but also the quickest way to the summit. If you don’t fancy walking back down, catch the cable car instead.

For more information about hiking in Cape Town, phone the South African National Parks media office on +27 (0)12 426 5203.

Shark-cage diving

A number of shark-cage diving tours take place in False Bay, which is famous for its great white sharks.

The best months of the year for shark-cage diving are between May and October, but tours operate throughout the year.

Diving with sharks is also offered for qualified divers at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Cape Town is synonomous with surfing. Photo courtesy  drumafricasafaris.com

Surfing

Some of the top surfing spots in Cape Town are Llandudno, Muizenberg and Blouberg. Experienced big wave surfers can also test their skills at Dungeons near Hout Bay or at Kalk Bay reef.

Unless you are incredibly tough, you will need a wetsuit to ward off the cool Cape water!

Motor racing

Killarney Race Track is the oldest motor racing circuit in South Africa and hosts various forms of motor sport.

You can even get behind the wheel of a Formula 3 car to test your driving skills – after a short briefing. Phone Fantastic Racing on +27 (0)21 461 1414 for more information.

Paragliding, microlighting and skydiving

Given the amazing scenery along Cape Town’s coastline, it’s little wonder that paragliding, microlighting and skydiving are such popular activities here.

Sandboarding

It’s like snowboarding, but on sand. A quick briefing is all beginners need before they get going.

Sandboarding sites in Atlantis and Betty’s Bay are both within an hour’s drive of Cape Town.


For a longer list on Cape Town attractions, see Cape Town Tourism's A to Z of Cape Town Attractions.