If you live in and/or love the Cape, you’ve very likely “done it all” – toured the wine farms, visited the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, caught the cable car up Table Mountain, and enjoyed a sunset cocktail in one of the city’s many beachside or rooftop bars. While locals and visitors alike could quite happily do these again and again, the Mother City is also home to a bevvy of off-the-beaten-track adventures that are just as thrilling and offer a slightly different perspective on this spectacular city we live in. Here are 10 uber cool and super fun activities you’ve got to tick off on your 2019 bucket list.
Go snorkelling with seals, Hout Bay
Slap on a wetsuit, don a snorkel and goggles, and set sail for Duiker Island with Animal Ocean to swim with the resident colony of Cape fur seals. Beneath the undulating emerald surface of the Atlantic Ocean just outside Hout Bay lies an enchanting wonderland of otherworldly life: kelp forests, a myriad of fish, colourful crustaceans, and scores of seals swimming playfully close! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget.
Take a yoga class on top of Table Mountain
Ever thought of doing a yoga class on top of Table Mountain? Or perhaps at a Chapman’s Peak lookout? How about on a lawn in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens? The Om Revolution is taking yoga out of the studio and into nature where we are at our most “zen” – and if the downward dog doesn’t do it for you, the views certainly will!
Segway through the vineyards, Stellenbosch
Segway Tours and Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch have combined forces to curate an exhilarating outdoor experience. The tour kicks off at Spier Wine Farm with a little Segway training session before you get to mount your trusty steed and head off into the thick of the vineyards. It’s an incredibly unique way to explore the Stellenbosch winelands that can conclude with a delicious meal and – what else? – a bottle of Spier wine!
Seafood braai at Strandloper restaurant, Langebaan
The tight-knit family that runs Die Strandloper (“beach walker”) serves guests a delicious, multi-course seafood braai right on the beach near Langebaan. This al fresco, laid-back restaurant is the ultimate West Coast experience, delivering a multitude of traditional food courses, from roosterkoek (fire baked bread) and mussel potjie to barbequed crayfish and sweet koeksusters.
Spooky Stellenbosch Tours
As one of the Cape’s original settlements, it’s only natural that Stellenbosch has more than its fair share of spooky anecdotes and purportedly haunted locations. Not surprisingly, the Ghost Walk – arranged by the Stellenbosch Tourism Office – has become exceedingly popular and, at 18:00, takes participants on a twilit tour of the town’s shaded avenues, centuries-old buildings, and landmarks that have their own chilling stories to tell.
Where: Stellenbosch Tourism Office, Mark Road, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27 21 883 3584
Go sightseeing on a scooter, Table Mountain
Enjoy an exhilarating downhill descent on a Monster Mountain® Scooter: a Swiss designed, two-wheeler contraption with generously proportioned wheels that keep this outdoor adventure family-friendly. Experience the spectacular beauty of the Cape’s dramatic mountains and fynbos-carpeted slopes on the back of one of these non-motorised, eco-friendly bad boys, as arranged by Scootours touring company.
Where: 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town. Scootours also does tours in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and further afield in Knysna and in the Drakensberg.
Contact: +27 82 776 0557, firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a different perspective on the Cape from Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Most people make a beeline to Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, or Table Mountain for panoramic views of the city. Yet, a short 20-minutes’ drive on the N1 out of town lies the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, which is not only home to a rich abundance of birdlife and indigenous plants, but also has a spectacular outlook on the city and its surrounds. It’s a relatively easy walk to the top of Tygerberg Hill and the rewards are some of the best views you’ll find in the Cape.
Where: 1 Totius Street, Welgemoed, Cape Town
Clay pigeon shooting, False Bay
What better way is there to prepare for the zombie apocalypse than by honing your sharp-shooting skills? Take aim with a real rifle, using real bullets, but in a safe, controlled, and fun environment. The False Bay Firearm Training Academy maintains a shooting range at the old Glencairn Quarry near Simon’s Town village, with 200-meter cliff faces on one side and the magnificent False Bay on the other. It is the perfect venue for an adrenalin-filled day of something different!
Where: Tercentenary Way, Glen Ridge, Cape Town
Contact: +27 21 782 0107, email@example.com
Dance to the beat of your own song
Get out of your comfort zone with Secret Sunrise’s early-morning dance sessions, hosted by various venues around the city. On arrival, you’re handed a pair of wireless headphones beaming music for you to dance to, connect with other people over, and revel in the freedom of self-expression. Born under African skies, the global movement Secret Sunrise aims to unite the world through dance and conscious collaboration.
Tour the Cape on the back of a Harley-Davidson
Want to see Cape Town from the saddle of a Big Twin motorcycle? Of course you do! Few can dispute the fact that Harley-Davidson is the world’s most iconic motorcycle, so what better way could there be to experience the Cape’s “classic” biking routes? Cape Bike Travel offers tours in association with Harley-Davidson Cape Town, which come in a variety of packages, from single day rentals to longer tours of several days. There’s also a chauffeured option for those who want the experience but who don’t know how to drive.