The Western Cape is a diverse landscape with wild oceans, magnificent mountain ranges, blue skies and raging rivers. If you are adventurous at heart, there is a wide range of adventure activities that will get your blood pumping. From the extreme adrenaline rush of the worlds’ highest bungee jump to more casual strolling in the beautiful mountains, the Western Cape has many options to choose from.
1) Shark Cage Diving: Ever dreamt of coming face to face with the oceans apex predator, from the comfort of a cage of course! Cape Town offers various options for shark viewing and you can experience natural predation, breaching sharks, cage diving or surface viewing.
2) Skydiving: Cape Town has several sky diving clubs and whether you choose a standard jump or a tandem jump, the Western Cape has one of the most scenic Drop Zones. You will get to see Table Mountain, Robben Island and the whole Cape Peninsula from altitude. If you can handle the thrill, then there is no doubt that skydiving is a must for you.
3) Bungee Jumping: Bloukrans Bridge in the Western Cape is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at a staggering 216 metres. If you can handle plunging head first in a free fall and rebounding into the sky over the beautiful Garden Route then the highest jump in the world should definitely be added to your bucket list.
4) River Rafting: The Orange, the Doring and the Breede rivers are the most popular in the Western Cape for commercial river rafting, each offering their own experience and grading. The Doring is fast-flowing and demands a reasonable level of fitness, others including the Orange River is calm and offers tranquility with occasional spills. Great scenery, chilled evenings and a touch of adrenalin is guaranteed to make your trip memorable.
5) Rock Climbing: The Western Cape is a rock climbers paradise, you will find hundreds of top quality sport routes and classic trad routes all within a stone’s throw of the city. From the famous Table Mountain to the beautiful expanse of the Cederberg there are endless routes to suit all levels of experience and ability. The crags are not overcrowded as they are in the Europe or North America, yet the quality of some of the climbs surpasses those found elsewhere in the world.
6) Hiking: Cape Town is world renowned for its majestic mountain ranges, indigenous fynbos and diverse fauna and flora. There are an abundance of hiking trails to suit various levels of fitness and ability. Table Mountain alone has a network of over 550 walks and there are also endless trails at Cape Point, the West Coast, Cedarberg and the Garden Route ranging from 20 minutes strolls to grueling multiple day adventure hikes.
7) Kite Surfing: Kite Surfing in the Western Cape has boomed over the last few years and when the wind is right you will see adrenalin junkies taking to the waves all over Cape Town. The “Cape Doctor” winds can be uncomfortable to some but is a favourite companion to those addicted to the heart-racing sport of Kite Surfing. Blaauwberg and Langebaan are amongst the favourites with locals. There are various outfitters offering lessons, rentals and advice if you would like to ride the “Cape Doctor”.
There are many other adventure activities in the Western Cape to choose from include abseiling, paragliding, horse riding, surfing, fishing, diving and kayaking and many operators who can provide you with assistance. The beauty about Cape Town is that it is so diverse that should you be bringing your family along there is something for everyone, even if they prefer sun tanning on the beach or shopping up a storm.