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Top Cape Town Outdoor Activities

From the beach to the top of the iconic Table Mountain, outdoor adventure awaits all over Cape Town. Whether you're an animal lover, an adrenaline junkie, a surfer, or a cyclist, you'll find outdoor fun during your stay. Here are your options.

On Land
You don't have to leave Cape Town proper to get in on the outdoor action. Take a running, cycling, or walking tour of the city to see its most significant sites, including 3,558-foot (1,084-meter) Table Mountain. This towering landmark is a popular spot for hiking and mountain biking—to get to the top, either make the strenuous hike or ride the rotating cable car for more time to explore the plateau's winding paths. Other adventures lie just outside of town. Wildlife enthusiasts have a host of game and nature reserves to choose from in their quest to see Africa's Big Five, while the Big Cat Sanctuary offers insight into the country's feline inhabitants, with a chance to observe lions, Bengal tigers, caracal, and leopards. Meanwhile, the Atlantis Dunes, 30 minutes outside of Cape Town, set the scene for two more land-based adventures: quad biking and sandboarding.

In the Water
While Africa is famous for the Big Five, South Africa is home to another animal icon: the great white shark. You can test your nerves with the ultimate adrenaline rush and go cave diving with these fierce predators, but if the thought of facing Jaws is a bit too intense, Cape Town has plenty of other aquatic adventures on the menu, including sea kayaking and surfing. The beach breaks here are perfect for beginners and intermediates.

From Above
To get the best views of Cape Town—and the best thrills—you'll have to take your feet off the ground. You can step off the top of Table Mountain and experience a 367-foot (112-meter) controlled descent to the bottom from the world’s highest commercial abseiling point, or fly above the city by parasailing from nearby Lion’s Head for spectacular, unobstructed views. It's also possible to zipline at Silvermist Estate in Cape Town or at the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve outside the city.
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Cape Canopy Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Cape Canopy Tour

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Zipline through the forest canopy in the Hottentots Holland Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this tour from Cape Town. Spend four hours in the company of two adventure guides, who will ensure your comfort and safety as you fly through the trees. After completing the zipline course, which includes 13 elevated platforms and a waterfall crossing via suspension bridge, refuel with an included meal at the onsite cafe.
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Zip-lining in Cape Town - Based at the foot of the Table Mountain Reserve Ziplines

Zip-lining in Cape Town - Based at the foot of the Table Mountain Reserve

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experience one of Cape Town`s Top rated adventure Activity. only 15 minutes away from the V&A waterfront and located close to Hout Bay harbor. This activity takes maximum 2 hours and is a must when visiting Cape Town.
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Wildlife Safari, Olive, Beer and Wine Tasting Day Tour from Cape TownDay Trips

Wildlife Safari, Olive, Beer and Wine Tasting Day Tour from Cape Town

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Combine a game drive, a craft beer tasting, and a wine tasting in a single tour from Cape Town. Planning this multi-stop excursion independently may seem daunting, but this tour arranges all the details in advance. Enjoy the scenery while a driver navigates up the West Coast to Buffelsfontein, where you'll embark on a guided game drive. Visit both the Darling Breweries and the Groote Post Wine Estate to taste local wines and beers without worrying about a sober ride back to Cape Town.
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Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town with Skywings

Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town with Skywings

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Come and experience Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town with the best. Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town is one of the most popular tours in the area. You will get to see points of interest such as Table Mountain, Lions Head, Robben Island and glide over the stunning Atlantic Coastline and if you are extremely luck you may even spot some Whales from above. Our friendly and professional team will give you an experience to cherish.
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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape TownDay Trips

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

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Spend a full day at the Aquila Game Reserve, the closest one to Cape Town, on this safari tour. Get excited to see the ‘Big Five’ game animals and endangered species such as the ‘Aquila’ Black Eagle on this worry-free trip, which includes pickup at your Cape Town city center hotel. This is one of the easiest safari tours near Cape Town, on a private game reserve in a malaria-free area.
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2-Day Glamping and South African Wildlife Safari Small Group Tour from Cape TownNature & Wildlife

2-Day Glamping and South African Wildlife Safari Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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See South Africa's wildlife on with this overnight glamping safari adventure trip from Cape Town. Overnight at 4-star Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, resting at the foothills of the majestic Swartberg mountains in one of their secluded, free-standing luxury tents – overlooking a nearby waterhole. Glamping in style with this unique bushveld experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo. Travel along the scenic Route 62 and keep a lookout to spot most of Africa's famous Big Five animals with two included 4x4 game drives at popular Western Cape game reserves, a guided walking safari as well as a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants. Overnight in the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies, giving you a taste of authentic South African culture. This small group tour is led by a local tour guide and ideal for couples, group of friends, families or solo travelers that only have a weekend to see the local wildlife.
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2-Day Wildlife and Safari Small-Group Tour from Cape TownNature & Wildlife

2-Day Wildlife and Safari Small-Group Tour from Cape Town

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Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town!  Travel off the beaten track to interact with wildlife and immerse yourself in the African bush. The Garden Route and Klein Karoo offer the perfect backdrop for a wildlife encounter. You’ll also visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies, giving you a taste of authentic South African culture. This trip offers guided safaris in two prestigious private game reserves, a guided bush walk safari as well as a chance to walk alongside orphaned elephants. Visit the ostrich capital of the world and get a chance to try local delicacies for a taste of authentic South African culture. 
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Zipline and Wine Dining Experiences

Zipline and Wine

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Combine a zipline adventure with an educational session on cheetahs and wine tasting during this 8-hour tour from Cape Town. National park entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Cape Town hotels included.
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Adventurous Table Mountain Hike: Group or PrivateHiking & Camping

Adventurous Table Mountain Hike: Group or Private

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Hiking lovers—this one’s for you. Spend a day hiking up the jewel of Cape Town—Table Mountain. Exploring the mountain alone can be daunting as it's easy to get lost on unfamiliar hiking routes, but you won’t have to worry, as you’ll have a guide to navigate and lead the way. By going on a guided tour, you’ll save time researching, as your guide will take you on a tried-and-tested exciting and adventurous hiking route that boasts the best views.
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Table Mountain Hike with local guideDay Trips

Table Mountain Hike with local guide

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Hike up Table Mountain, one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World, with a highly experienced local guide, who can tell you everything about the abundant flora and fauna of the area! The beauty of this spectacular rock formation can be admired from multiple angles in Cape Town but hiking Table Mountain is the best way to get the ultimate mountain experience and admire the breathtaking views once you stand on top. Platteklip Gorge is the most straight forward direct ascent and the first route used by early explorers to reach the summit. This trail is the easiest but still gains around 700 meters over a distance of 3 km, so its quite steep. The path goes through a deep ravine on the iconic front face of the mountain and features stunning surroundings all the way to the top. The routes takes between 1H30 to 3H to complete depending on one's fitness level. Hikers are advised to stop regularly along the way to marvel at the spectacular views.
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Hike Cape Town Like a LocalHiking & Camping

Hike Cape Town Like a Local

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Hike through areas around Cape Town that most tourists never visit with a guide on a trek. You don't have to worry about getting lost or consulting a map as you go; your guide will lead the way and point out everything worth seeing. Since it's a private tour, you'll be able to set the pace and ask as many questions as you like while traveling.
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Cheetah outreach Somerset West Including Private Transportation TourFull-day Tours

Cheetah outreach Somerset West Including Private Transportation Tour

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Cheetahs are known for being the fastest land animal in the world, and sadly they are also an endangered species. Spend a day appreciating the magnificence of these beautiful animals by visiting the Cheetah Outreach program. You’ll save time booking transport as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. Once you get to there, you’ll beat the crowds by having your entrance ticket included. Enjoy seeing cheetahs and learning about the incredible conservation work being done to save them.
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5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape TownNature & Wildlife

5-Day Garden Route with Addo National Park Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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See the best of South Africa’s scenic Garden Route—with visits to Addo Elephant National Park, Wilderness, Jeffreys Bay, and Oudtshoorn—during this 5-day trip from Cape Town. Join your expert guide on hikes through lush forests and canoe rides through picture-perfect water. Visit nature reserves to see some of Africa’s endangered species. Kick back and soak in the sun on soft, sandy beaches. This tour offers the perfect mix of guided and self-directed activities.
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Table Mountain Hike Hiking & Camping

Table Mountain Hike

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One of the most spectacular hikes up Table Mountain, aiming to depart around sunrise, seeing the sun flood into the city from behind the mountain is breathtaking Whilst seeming impossible, the route becomes adventurous, not too challenging and achievable. Views are initially of the North (front) of the Mountain, then along the 12 Apostle West face of the Mountain. Photography stops always accommodated, inexperienced hikers welcomed. Please be prepared for changing temperatures, a light weight waterproof jacket, fleece and base layer may all be required. A head torch is useful but not necessary You will be exposed to heights, and wide open expanses, this is not a hike for those with a fear of these Your guide will fill you in with details of the flora and surrounding history. The Descent down Platteklip gorge is rarely taken up, most guests opting for the Cable car, however if the Cable car is not running then the default is to hike down, please be prepared to hike down.
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Cape Peninsula Day TourDay Trips

Cape Peninsula Day Tour

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Experience the beautiful Cape Peninsula like a local! Start the day in colourful Bo Kaap before heading down the Peninsula to visit our penguin friends at Boulders beach. After a picnic lunch packed with South African flavour and hiking at the Cape of Good Hope we get to taste some famous South African wine. The breathtaking Chapmans Peak Drive leads us back along the coastal road to Camps Bay and the city center. if you only have a few days in Cape Town then you should definitely spend one with us! All costs included in your tour fee, NO HIDDEN COSTS! Minimum group size of 4 pax, Maximum group size of 13 pax
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2 Day Safari Experience4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

2 Day Safari Experience

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Spend two days exploring the Garden Route and embarking on two safari drives. With a game ranger to lead you, you'll have the best possible chances of spotting elephants, hippos, giraffes, rhinos, lions, and other African animals. Stay overnight in a game lodge with included buffet dinner. This tour makes getting out of Cape Town and into the African bush easy with all details arranged for you.
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⭐ Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset HikeHiking & Camping

⭐ Lion's Head Sunrise/Sunset Hike

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We will be hiking up Lions Head, Cape Town's most Instragram'able hike. We plan to either catch the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean or sunrise from the Hottentots Holland mountains. We enjoy some amazing photo opportunities before our descent. During a sunset hike, we descend in the dark using our flashlights (provided). During a sunrise hike, we may hike the first part in the dark using our flashlights (provided). While the hike is regarded as easier than Table Mountain, it still involves steep rocky and narrow terrain at certain points from about half up way and a section where the use of steel handles and chains need to be used to get up 2 pitches of about 3 meters each (only up and not down). Quite adventurous indeed. This hike has been an age old tradition for locals especially during the full moon and on clear/windless nights/mornings where the lights of the city below dazzle and the moon and stars show off its beauty in the night sky.
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3-Day Garden Route Highlights with 4x4 Safari Small Group Tour from Cape TownNature & Wildlife

3-Day Garden Route Highlights with 4x4 Safari Small Group Tour from Cape Town

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Spend three days exploring South Africa’s famed Garden Route from Cape Town, stopping at all the best highlights the area has to offer. Adventure awaits you over the next three days. Choose to join an elephant bush walk and meet three orphaned elephants, walk along forest footpaths, and hop in a canoe to float along the river, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife.
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Table Mountain Off-Road Scooter TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Table Mountain Off-Road Scooter Tour

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Experience table mountain on an off-road scooter tour, a far different experience than riding in a traditional tour bus. Even if you've never piloted an all-terrain vehicle before, you'll feel safe and comfortable with a guide in the lead. All instruction and equipment are included for this adventure, which takes travelers on a 3-mile (5-kilometer) trek down the side of Signal Hill, into Bo Kaap, and on to Table Mountain.
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Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape TownDay Trips

Big-Five Safari Full Day Guided Private Transfer from Cape Town

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Spotting the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo—is a priority for many visitors to South Africa and this tour is ideal for those with limited time. Travel from Cape Town by private vehicle, enjoying views of the Breede River, Hex River Wine Valley, and Table Mountain along the way, then join a group safari drive at a private game reserve and enjoy some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.
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A Must Do In Cape Town - Hot Air Balloon Flight In The Cape WinelandsWine Tasting & Winery Tours

A Must Do In Cape Town - Hot Air Balloon Flight In The Cape Winelands

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Get a brand new perspective on Cape Town and see sunrise over Table Mountain without the crowds (or waiting in line for the cable car) on this hot air balloon ride in the Cape winelands. Your experience includes pre-flight tea/coffee and post-flight sparkling wine and breakfast at a nearby bistro.
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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset HikeHiking & Camping

Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

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One of the Mother City’s most popular hikes, the Lion’s Head trail resembles a screwtop, winding around the mountain in sometimes steep sections. Your reward for the 90-minute effort: panoramic views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Twelve Apostles mountain range, and the ocean. Learn about points of historic, cultural and environmental interest from your guide along the way.
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( Cape Town ) Best Of Aquila Safari Full day TourNature & Wildlife

( Cape Town ) Best Of Aquila Safari Full day Tour

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South Africa is known for its phenomenal wildlife, and this tour helps you spend a day discovering it. Enjoy a hassle-free day tour without any transport to organize as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. Once you get to Aquila Game Reserve, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour game drive in a 4x4, as well as a visit to a Lion Preservation Project. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, a tasty lunch is provided. On the way home, get the chance to take part in wine tastings and biltong pairings.
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Ocean Wildlife Encounter in Cape TownSafaris

Ocean Wildlife Encounter in Cape Town

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Ocean Wonder is an owner run service that offers boat based Ocean Wildlife Encounters. These intimate trips don't follow any set route. Instead, I'm guided by my understanding and ongoing observation of this environment, the creatures in it, and the ever changing water and weather conditions. These trips are all about finding and, where possible and legal, interacting with some of the amazing creatures that frequent the rich waters around Cape Town.
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