Looking to reconnect with Mother Nature while consciously exploring the Mother City?
Whether it’s adrenaline-pumping adventures or tranquil moments of reflection you’re seeking, our collection of sustainable outdoor activities promises to leave you inspired, invigorated, and committed to protecting our planet.
Traverse one of Cape Town’s stunning hiking trails. Some popular options include Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. These hikes offer breathtaking views of the city, coastline, and surrounding nature reserves.
Explore the city on two wheels with your very own Tour de Cape Town. The city has several scenic cycling routes, such as the Cape Point Route, Sea Point Promenade, and the Constantia Wine Route. Rent a bike or join guided tours focusing on eco-friendly practices.
Stroll along beautiful coastal paths snaking around the peninsula. The Sea Point Promenade, Clifton to Camps Bay Walk, and the Muizenberg to St James Walk are popular choices.
Snorkelling and diving
Discover vibrant ocean ecosystems while on snorkelling and diving excursions. Uncover kelp forests, encounter playful seals, and witness colourful fish species in locations like False Bay, Hout Bay, and Oudekraal.
Identify diverse bird species inhabiting the region. Head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, or the West Coast National Park to spot a variety of indigenous and migratory birds.
Glide along Cape Town’s coastal waters and picturesque rivers on kayaking tours. Investigate sea caves, or meander along tranquil river routes like the Breede River or the Berg River Estuary.
Surf excellent breaks around Cape Town. Head to popular surf spots like Muizenberg, Big Bay, and Long Beach. Opt for renting eco-friendly surfboards made from sustainable materials.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
Try stand-up paddleboarding at the V&A Waterfront, Kalk Bay Harbour, or on the canals of Century City. This is a peaceful and eco-friendly way to explore the city’s waterways.
Experience an adrenaline rush while descending Table Mountain or other designated abseiling locations. Choose reputable operators that prioritise safety and environmental responsibility.
Soar through the skies on a paragliding outing. Signal Hill and Lion’s Head are popular launch sites, offering thrilling adventures with certified paragliding instructors.
Outdoor yoga and meditation
Connect with nature while focusing on your well-being. Join an outdoor yoga and meditation session in serene natural settings such as Eden on the Bay or Cape Point Vineyards.
Embark on ethical wildlife safaris in the nearby private game reserves, such as Aquila Private Game Reserve or Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve. Experience encounters with the Big Five and learn about conservation efforts.
Tree canopy tours
Experience an exhilarating zip-lining adventure through lush forests. Tree canopy tours, such as those in Elgin or Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, offer a unique perspective of the local flora and fauna.
Picnic at Green Point Urban Park
Enjoy a relaxing day at Green Point Urban Park. Pack your picnic basket, explore the gardens, and unwind in the serene surroundings.
The park has an outdoor gym, playpark, adventure park and outdoor labyrinth.
Engage in a modern-day treasure hunt by participating in geocaching activities. Use GPS coordinates to locate hidden caches while enjoying the outdoors and learning about the local environment.
Outdoor cooking and foraging classes
Learn the art of outdoor cooking and foraging from experienced guides. Discover edible plants and sustainable cooking techniques, and enjoy a delicious meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Explore the underground wonders of Cape Town through adventure caving experiences. Discover hidden chambers, stunning rock formations, and underground rivers while learning about the importance of cave conservation.
Indigenous plant walks
Join guided walks in nature reserves or botanical gardens focusing on showcasing Cape Town’s indigenous plant species. Learn about the importance of biodiversity and the conservation of native flora.
Explore Cape Town’s scenic trails while practising sustainable trail running. Choose trails that have designated paths, respect wildlife habitats, and minimise trail erosion. Carry a reusable water bottle and leave no trace of your presence.
Experience the exhilaration of sandboarding on the sandy slopes of the Atlantis Dunes or the nearby Witsand Nature Reserve. Choose reputable operators that prioritise sustainable practices and ensure the protection of the dune environment.