Cape Town was recently voted the number one destination to see and visit in 2014 by the prestigious The New York Times Travel ’52 Places to Go in 2014’ list earlier this year. This comes as no surprise as this magical city has so much to offer all of its visitors. Depending on what you are looking for, be it a cultural experience, adventure filled holiday, to trying some of the world’s best wines, Cape Town offers all this and more. Most people are unaware that Cape Town also offers a host of adrenaline-pumping activities that will get your heart rate going. Here are some of the outrageous activities you can look forward to in the Mother City…
Shark Cage Diving – Outrageous at it seems yes people actually love to dive in the ocean and get up-close to these ocean predators. With over 40 species that can be found in Cape Town, this makes the city a popular attraction for the heart-pumping shark cage diving activity. We recommend making the journey to Gansbaii, known as the white shark capital of the world.
Learn how to Kitesurf in Cape Town – Kitesurfing has grown increasingly popular worldwide and particular in Cape Town. With amazing waves in the oceans and consistent windy weather as well as warm temperatures creating the perfect combination for the world’s hottest adrenalin sport it’s no surprises visitors are flocking to these shores to learn how to kitesurf. It is the perfect place for both beginners and seasoned surfers looking to learn and master new tricks.
Bungee Jumping – if the thought of standing in high places makes you feel queasy, now imagine getting your feet tied safely together with giant elastic bands then looking into the horizon while standing on a high bridge or other high fixed platform. Then at the count of three you jump off the edge of the bridge to the sound of your own screams…pure exhilaration! Bungee jumping is considered to be one of the most outrageous and amazing experiences in life, try it when you are next in Cape Town.
Sky Diving – What could possibly be more outrageous than jumping off a bridge? We definitely have to say that jumping out of a plane in mid-air is just, if not more outrageous as bungee jumping or para-gliding. This is an activity that should definitely be on most peoples travel bucket lists and all humans would love to experience what it feels like to fly like a bird. There is definitely no experience quite like it as Jacky shares here.
Eating Mopane Worms – It may sound something out of the ‘fear factor’ TV series but yes, you have to try this outrageous and distinctly African delicacy. Mopane Worms (The English name given due to being mainly found in Mopane trees which are prevalent in Southern Africa) are actually caterpillars. In Cape Town they can be found on the menu of the popular African cuisine restaurant called Nyoni’s Kraal on Long Street in the city centre and many township eateries. So next time when you are in Cape Town make a turn and try this highly nutritious (consists of 60% protein, iron and calcium) Africa delicacy.
Tandem Paragliding – Imagine launching from the picturesque Lions Head and Signal Hill and flying above this scenic city. If you’re into paragliding or hang gliding, Cape Town has a special treat waiting for you; the sky is definitely the limit. Boasting hot interior and amazing thermals, the warm Cape summers and great weather offers the perfect conditions on ideal days to glide over the scenic city from the skies. With many experienced and reputable operators on offer, give this adventure a go.
River Rafting – South Africa is blessed with fantastic rivers, spectacular scenery, and an amazing climate that suits the outdoors enthusiast. If you are a water baby and love adventure this is definitely one activity for you. The Western Cape offers some great waters such as the Doring River which has a short season towards the end of winter, and offers fantastic but quite technical white water to raft on.
Table Mountain Abseiling – also known as rappelling, this is the controlled descent down a rock face using a rope. Climbers use this technique when a cliff or slope is too steep and/or dangerous to descend without protection. Table Mountain provides what is possibly the most beautiful rock face to abseil on. You can look forward to stepping off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level and abseil into pure vertical space. This is an experience you won’t forget too soon.
Kloofing in Kamikaze Kanyon – If you are looking for a crazy adventure then this trip is definitely for you. Located an hour’s drive away from Cape Town will see you arrive at the gorges of Kamikaze Kanyon where you can expect a full day of adrenaline pumping adventure. After a 45 minute guided hike up the rugged river gorges you will arrive at a series of rock pools. Here you can try your hand at Kloofing (jumping off cliffs), jumping from 3 metres to 22 metres high into the pools of water below. If this all sounds a little crazy and outrageous…well it is.
Quad Biking and Sandboarding – If playing in the sand sounds like you, now imagine trying to surf or ride a quad bike on sand. The Atlantis sand dunes and Big Bay Blouberg in Cape Town offer this outrageous and fun filled adventure day. Sandboarding will see you learn how to stand up and gain balance to cruising down the dunes at high speeds that will get your adrenaline flowing. There is also the option to test your motor skills on a high powered Quad bike, experience the thrill of speeding up and down and along the face of the dunes!