A location simply made for adventure
Surrounded by oceans and with a mountain located at its very heart, Cape Town has a location simply made for adventure. This is an active city of hiking and biking trails, a destination to see great white sharks and southern right whales, a place to search for antelope, tortoises and baboons. As for the views, you can admire Cape Town from several vantage points: from the top of Table Mountain of course but also from a motorbike’s sidecar, or from hundred feet in the sky with nothing but whistling air beneath you, care of a paragliding experience.
We offer full and half-day adventure tours and are confident we have the services of some of the best and most experienced operators in Cape Town’s adventure business. Most of our adventure tours are privately guided by an expert in their field, ensuring personalised attention and a bespoke experience.
Cape Town adventures are mostly year-round activities although being outdoor-based they are also dependent on the weather that particular day. Several adventures are seasonal however. Whale watching, for example, sits between August and November; shark-cage diving in Cape Town’s False Bay runs between February and October.
Browse our most popular Cape Town adventures below and speak to us about adding them to your holiday itinerary in the Mother City.
Most popular Cape Town adventures
Table Mt Hiking Tours
Stunning views, dazzling flowers and dramatic geology: iconic Table Mountain is a highlight of a Cape Town holiday. A cable car takes visitors up and down but there are dozens of hiking trails on the mountain too. Some are challenging, others relatively easy, and you can choose between a cable car descent and a walk down. Half and full-day Table Mountain hikes are available and are led by experienced, professional hiking guides. (The Fynbos Guy)
The mountain’s Table Top is the most popular part of the mountain but for a more off-the-beaten-path experience, consider a guided hike on another part of Table Mountain or the Cape Peninsula such as Cape Point.
Peninsula Birding Tours
Designed to appeal to beginners as well as experienced bird watchers, our privately-led bird tours take advantage of local experts to deliver diverse and rewarding birding. A birding tour usually combines the two best bird watching destinations in the Western Cape – Kirstenbosch Gardens and Strandfontein Water Treatment Plant. There are local endemic species to tick off such as sugarbirds and sunbirds as well as flocks of flamingos and pelicans, wildfowl, waders and raptors.
A birding tour is a combination of easy walking and viewing from a vehicle. Other destinations on or around the Cape Peninsula can also be explored for birds, especially if you are after one or two of the region’s rarer species.
Cape of Good Hope Wildlife Tour
Who would have thought that Africa’s biggest antelope can be found in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve? The eland is just one of the animals on a surprisingly long list of wildlife at the reserve. They are joined by mountain zebra, baboons, ostriches and other antelope like red hartebeest and bontebok. On a smaller scale there are birds, tortoises, lizards and rock pools crammed with marine life.
Led by a naturalist guide, our wildlife tours explore the most rewarding areas of the reserve. You’ll enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the fauna and flora of one of the world’s most bio-diverse coastlines and there’s the chance to add on nearby Boulders Beach penguin colony too.
Coming face to face with the ocean’s most infamous inhabitant is an unforgettable experience. Great white sharks patrol the Cape coast for prey and even leap out of the water to grab unsuspecting seals in a moment of primal power. You can choose to go underwater in a cage and spot them close up, or can remain onboard and watch the sharks through the clear Cape waters.
Shark-cage diving is available all year round at Gansbaai – a 2.5-hr drive from Cape Town – though the water is clearest between March and September. Closer to Cape Town, you can enjoy shark spotting and cage-diving from Simons Town between February and October.
Cape Town Paragliding
Running off Signal Hill with the ground slipping away beneath you, the full extent of Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard begins to reveal itself. Safely harnessed to a paraglider pilot, you can now relax and enjoy the views while an expert handles the descent.
Operating only when weather conditions are optimum, paragliding gives you sensational vistas of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean as you twist and turn your way to a soft landing on the lawns of Sea Point Promenade. Time for a celebration!
Whale Watching Tours
Arriving from their Antarctic feeding grounds in about August, southern right whales have long made the shallow Cape waters their breeding grounds. It is here that the whales breach and tail wave in display, where babies are born and families get together before returning south in November.
You can see whales from the beaches of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula but travel to the nearby town of Hermanus for the best land-based whale watching in the world. Here you can often sit down on a park bench or café table and see whales offshore. For closer views of whales and other marine life such as seals, dolphins and penguins, we’d recommend booking a whale watching tour.
With its gently meandering roads and dramatic scenery, the Cape Peninsula was made for a road trip – preferably one with the wind in your hair. One of Cape Town’s most original adventures is to tour by motorbike and sidecar; your rider-guide takes care of the driving while you enjoy Cape Town’s famous sights.
You can choose between 2-hour, half-day and full-day tours and you are supplied with retro leather jackets, helmets and goggles as well as a complimentary bandana. There are also sidecar tours to the Cape Winelands and Whale Coast, both exceptionally beautiful areas with roads that make the most of the scenery.
Browse our recommended tours below, each featuring a trip to Cape Town, South Africa. If you’d like us to tailor-make an itinerary based on your needs and budget, then simply contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Cape Town Adventures