Outdoor Adventures in Cape Town

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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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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

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 and malaria-free game reserve.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$181.28
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

Experience the scenic beauty and natural landscapes of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula on this full-day tour from Cape Town. Enjoy the convenience of guided visits, as well as the independence of solo sightseeing and learn about this dynamic region from your friendly, knowledgeable guide. You’ll see seals in Hout Bay (with optional Buiker Island boat trip) and have time to wander the shops. You can explore the Cape Point Nature Reserve at your leisure, and check out  playful families of African Penguins in Simon’s Town. Your return trip to Cape Town even includes a stop at the colorful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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3-Day Garden Route Tour with Safari from Cape Town

Spend three days exploring South Africa’s famed Garden Route from Cape Town, , stopping at all the best highlights the area has to offer.  Wander along the Garden Route - a piece of paradise on the southeastern coast of South Africa. Adventure awaits you over the next three days. Choose to join an elephant bush walk where you’ll get to meet three orphaned elephants, walk along forest footpaths and hop in a canoe to float along the Wilderdess National Park, keeping an eye out for the abundant bird life.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Shark Cage Diving Tour from Cape Town

Choose to get down in the water with the sharks in a cage or enjoy the show from the decks of the boat on this dive tour from Cape Town. Ride from Gansbaai Harbour to the famous Shark Alley, where you can get up close with the animals or stay on deck. Return to Gansbaai Harbour for lunch and a DVD viewing of your adventure.
  • Duration: 1 day
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2-Day Western Cape Big 5 Safari and Route 62 from Cape Town

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. 
  • Duration: 2 days
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Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

Enjoy a 2-hour boat trip from Gansbaai to see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals, penguins and more. Visit the ominously-named Shark Alley to see if there are any great whites feeding on seals. Head to other parts of the ocean to look for whales and African penguins, as well as seabirds on Geyser Rock and Dyer Island. With experts on hand, you won’t miss any of the majestic marine wildlife on display.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$174.50
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Great White Shark Cage Diving and Wine Tasting Experience from Cape Town

Combine two very different, but quintessentially South African, experiences on a single private tour: cage diving and wine tasting. Descend into the shark's natural habitat in a steel cage to see great whites in action off the boat near Dyer Island, then shower up and move on to a lunch (own expense) and wine tasting experience in Bot River. This private tour ensures the ability to travel at your own pace and personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$287.27
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4-Day Private Luxury Garden Route Tour from Cape Town

Take your time along South Africa’s ‘Garden Route’ during this luxurious 4-day, 3-night private excursion from Cape Town. Sip on some of the world’s finest port at the wineries of Route 62, and enjoy a luxury camping safari at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. You’ll also check out the towns of Knysna, Wilderness, Oudtshoorn, and Mossel Bay, and enjoy unique upscale beach and farm-stay accommodations, plus much more.
  • Duration: 4 days
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5-Day Small Group Garden Route Tour from Cape Town including Addo National Park

See the best of South Africa’s scenic Garden Route — with visits to Addo Elephant National Park, Wilderness National Park, 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.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Cage Diving with Great White Sharks from Cape Town

Spend time watching one of the world’s most feared fish on this 4-to-6-hour cage diving experience in Cape Town. Travel to the ocean off the coast of Gansbaai for a full-day tour. Learn about great white sharks from your marine-biologist guide, and then dive into the water in a cage to observe sharks in their natural habitat. Breakfast, snacks and hotel-pick up and drop off are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$190.56
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Robben Island Tour

Learn about Nelson Mandela’s remarkable legacy on this guided tour of Robben Island, where the famous leader spent long years of his imprisonment. Cover centuries of history in the UNESCO-listed historical property, which include decades as a military base, hospital, and maximum security prison. Tours include door-to-door pickup and drop-off from your Cape Town hotel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Shark Cage Diving Trip With Private Boat and Transfers

Get in the water with one of mother nature’s most fearsome predators on this full-day shark cage diving trip with a private boat and skipper. Skip the crowded boat trips and instead enjoy a dedicated vessel just for you and your group as you come face-to-face with the local Great White sharks. Round-trip transport aboard a private luxury vehicle and light lunch are also included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Atlantic Outlook Kayak Tours

This Atlantic Outlook kayak tour is perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Enjoy a carefree day gliding across the Atlantic Ocean with a guide to lead the way so you don’t get lost. You won’t have to worry about bringing kit with you, as kayaking equipment and safety gear hire is included. Access incredible views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline. You’ll also be able to look out for native marine life such as dolphins, seals, penguins, and sometimes whales too.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$28.55
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Full-Day Robben Island and Cape Town City Tour

Maximize your time in Cape Town with this 9-hour sightseeing tour. With your local guide, visit all the must-sees – Robben Island, Table Mountain and a tour of the Mother City's streets. Weather permitting, enjoy a scenic ferry boat ride to Robben Island and spectacular aerial views during the cable car ride to the summit of Table Mountain. In the city, drive through the multicultural Bo-Kaap neighborhood and visit the Company Gardens. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from select Cape Town hotels are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Zipline, Cheetahs and Wine

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Shark Cage Diving Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

Get face to face with a Great White shark, one of the ocean’s most famous predators, during this heart-pounding 6-hour shark cage dive from Cape Town. Travel to Gansbaai, one of the best spots in the world to observe Great Whites up close, enjoying an up-close encounter with one of these ocean-bound carnivores. Breakfast, lunch, and round-trip transport to the dive site are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$189.13
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Lion's Head Sunset Hike

The peak of Lion's Head reaches a mighty 2,194 feet (669 meters) above sea level—high above Cape Town and the rolling Atlantic Ocean waves. On this evening tour, hike to the summit of Lion's Head with your guide and enjoy uninterrupted views over landmarks including Clifton Beach and Robben Island. With round-trip travel from your central Cape Town hotel included, watch the sun sink on the horizon in beautiful Cape Town.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Inverdoorn Safari Tour from Cape Town Including Lunch

Get into the wild and seek out Africa's Big Five on this safari tour from Cape Town that includes lunch. You'll venture into the Inverdoom Nature Reserve, 2.5 hours outside of the city, and explore the South African landscapes in an open-air 4x4. A professional guide will be on hand to help spot wild animals and share interesting facts and information about the country's most spectacular creatures.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Shark Diving Private Day Tour to Gansbaai from Cape Town

If you’re a thrill seeker at heart, get your adrenaline pumping on this private, full-day tour of Gansbaai from Cape Town, including a 3-hour shark cage-diving experience. Board a boat, and sink to underwater depths in a protected cage to see sharks and even whales swimming in their natural habitat. Afterward, pick your next adventure before heading back to Cape Town. Choose to go to Hermanus, Overberg, or Stoney Point.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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US$128.47
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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Great White Shark Cage Diving

Get up close to Great White sharks without fear or disturbing their natural behavior on this guided excursion from Cape Town. Head out onto the Cape waters, which are home to the greatest concentration of Great Whites in the world, and go below the surface for a personal and educational experience.
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
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US$145.24
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  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
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Couples Sunset Cruise Including Champagne with Tigger 2 Cruises

Speed over the waters off Cape Town on this fast cruiser for a couples sunset cruise. Head for Clifton 4th Beach or Table Bay, depending on the day's weather, then anchor to watch the sunset with a glass of Method Cape Classic sparkling wine. On the way back to Cape Town, enjoy the colors of the fading sun and the view of the city lights blinking on for the evening.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$53.53
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cape Canopy Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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V&A Waterfront Adventure Boat Ride in Cape Town with Round-Trip Transport

Take a thrilling boat ride from Sea Point to Granger Bay as you enjoy fantastic views of the Cape Town mountains. Your captain provides live commentary as you admire the view and look for marine wildlife such as African penguins, Cape fur seals, dolphin, sunfish, and many species of birds. 
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$39.25
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lion's Head Hike - Sunrise Hike

Get epic views of Cape Town from Lion's Head as the sun rises on this half-day early morning hike. Hiking in unfamiliar terrain in the dark by yourself may not be the best idea; this guided tour means you don't have to worry about directions or getting lost in the dark. Just follow your guide to the summit, reaching your destination in time to take amazing photos of Cape Town in the dawn light. Convenient Cape Town hotel pickup and drop-off makes for door-to-door service.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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