Captivating Cape Town, South Africa

Captivating Cape Town

With the amount of travelling I’ve done, no plain old generic holiday package is really going to do it for me anymore. That is one of the reasons that I love visiting Cape Town. Not only is this a beautiful and cosmopolitan metropolis with a very rich night life but there are a lot of activities to suit the adrenaline junkie as well. From the time you drive away from the car hire company at Cape Town Airport, you will find yourself with more than enough to see and do.

Cape Town

Cape Town

The backdrop to Cape Town, Table Mountain, is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. For the adrenaline junkie just starting out, abseiling off Table Mountain provides some thrill and excitement. It’s a pretty cool way to get off the top of the mountain and is a lot quicker and easier than hiking down. There are a couple of different companies offering abseiling adventures off Table Mountain. It’s interesting to step off a perfectly good mountain into thin air and you do get one heck of a rush.

For those needing a more hard-core thrill, base jumping will fit the bill. I do need to add a bit of a warning here – base jumping off Table Mountain should only be tackled by those with experience – you should have had at least 150 skydives. Most jumpers choose The Lookout as their starting off point – just below the observation platform. You get some pretty nice air time – around three or four seconds of free fall and then a restful glide down. You can also jump from the front table just to the side of The Lookout or from the Abseil Africa platform. What makes base jumping so awesome here is the stunning views – you really feel as though you are on top of the world.

Stunning Cape Town views

Stunning Cape Town views

You could also consider paragliding from Lion’s Head or Signal Hill. Of course, I wanted to get even higher and ended up skydiving – seeing Cape Town from that vantage point is something you don’t want to miss. I personally have never felt as free as I did when I went sky diving. There are several different sky diving clubs in Cape Town so you are spoilt for choice. I chose the Cape Town jump and was able to see Robben Island, Table Mountain and Cape Town stretched out below me.

Cape Town is a great jumping off point for river rafting adventures. It took about an hour and a half to get to the starting point at Nekkies campsite and I booked an overnight trip. The Breede River is one of the best options for white water rafting in the country offering some of the most awesome and varied scenery and a good mix of fast rapids and lazy, languid river water. I chose to take one of the overnight trips but there are day trips available for those that want them.

My next adventure was to check out shark cage diving. Personally I didn’t think it would be that scary – after all, you are in a cage. What I didn’t account for was the fact that scenes out of Jaws would be playing in my brain the minute the sharks started swarming. Realising that you are no longer at the top of the food chain activates the primal fear centre in your brain.

Shark-cage diving

Shark-cage diving

The big draw of South Africa is the sunny weather and the divine beaches. Swimming, surfing or kite surfing – whatever your speed, there is a water sport available in Cape Town for you. You can also wind down on the beach after enjoying adventure sports all day.

I really wanted to leave my mark on Cape Town so I decided to take up sand boarding. After all, I had been snowboarding before – how difficult could it be? Well, I left my mark on Cape Town – a first class butt print in the sand – it was a bit more difficult than I anticipated but once I got the hang of it, it was awesome.

This guest article was submitted by Kevin Jones, an online travel writer for


There are many hotels at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town to choose from, as well as Cape Town activities and Cape Town Tours.

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