As urbanised as our species has become, and as much joy as we get from our devices, we have always felt innately drawn to the great outdoors. It’s where we started, where we’ve spent the majority of our history – and it’s the only place where deep, soul-level relaxation takes place.
The human brain is wired to be outside, and though scientific research supports the notion that being in nature is good for our psychological health, we don’t need the data to know that being outside feels great.
Boasting a diverse topography and natural beauty that is the envy of the world, the Cape is bursting with ways to experience the great outdoors. Here are some of the best outdoor activities in Cape Town.
Important note Although the Cape is rich in natural beauty, tourists and locals alike are urged to take necessary precautions when exploring secluded areas, as crimes and accidents do happen.
Those venturing into the Table Mountain National Park should have the following emergency numbers on hand: 086 110 6417/ 107 or 021 480 7700. Criminal incidents should be reported to the nearest police station as soon as able.
We also recommend @safetymountain as a useful resource for hikers. This free safety tracking service allows you to notify local trackers of your contact details, intended route and travel time via whatsapp. You are then able to provide hourly updates on your progress, and to notify trackers when you are safely off the mountain.
1. Visit a Farmers Market
Despite its name, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market is actually located in the Granger Bay section of the V&A Waterfront, under tents and trees. Boasting stunning sea views and a range of fresh produce, the market celebrates local food, culture and community in support of the educational mission of the nonprofit Oranjezicht City Farm. It is managed by the same people who started the urban farms, and who work together to promote small-scale food production in the city. Every Saturday and Sunday, foodie fantasies come true at the OZCF, where independent local farmers and artisanal food producers showcase their beautiful wares. You can do your weekly food shop here, as you choose from a range of mostly organic vegetables, fruit, bread, dairy, free-range eggs, honey and muesli. Keen gardeners can also stock up on edible plants, seedlings, compost, gardening supplies and equipment. But for us, the most fabulous thing about this market – apart from its wonderful location and fabulously festive community atmosphere – is the incredible array of food, drink and beverage stalls dotted around the area, all of which serve ethically produced items that can be enjoyed at the market at the tables and chairs provided, or taken home.
When Saturday, 8.30am – 2pm; Sunday, 9am – 3pm (rain or shine)
Cost Free entry
Parking R10 (4 hours in Granger Bay Parking Garage)
Contact 083 628 3426 (Sheryl), firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront
2. Kayak with the Penguins
The penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is always worth a visit, but why watch from afar when you can see these wonderful water birds up close? These kayak tours in Simon’s Town allow you to meet them on their home turf – you can even join them in the water if the tide is right.
Check out the various tour options.
Please note Tours are weather-dependent.
When The Penguin Trip: daily, 8.30am (summer); 9am (winter)
Full Moon Rising Paddle Trip: one day per month from April to October only
Cost The Penguin Trip: R350 (equipment and drinking water included)
Full Moon Rising Paddle: R400
Location Wharf Street
3. Go Cherry Picking
Klondyke Farm, which grows pears and apples too, is where you can go cherry-picking to your heart’s delight. After paying a R30 entrance fee per person (free for children under five years), you will receive a container, which you may fill to the brim with delicious ruby-tinged beauties.
Make a day of it by packing a picnic, or bringing along meat to braai – there’s no better way to spend a summer’s day than enjoying the “fruits of your labour” under the cool shade of a pine tree. It gets pretty windy down Ceres way, so remember to bring a warm jersey or windbreaker.
When Daily, 8.30am – 4pm (from the end-November to the first week of January)
Cost R30 (adults, children 10+ years)
R15 (children 0 – 9 years)
Free (children 0 – 5 years)
R60 per kilogram of cherries
Contact 023 312 1521 / 087 550 0232, email@example.com
Location Klondyke Cherry Farm, R46, Ceres
4. Go Horse Riding on the Beach
Horse riding on a beach may sound like too much of a romantic cliché to actually be true, but thanks to Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding, you can do exactly that. They offer three invigorating trail rides, accompanied by knowledgeable and experienced guides.
Important note The stretch of beach between Noordhoek and Kommetjie has seen an increase in criminal activity in recent times, including several reports of violent incidents. Visitors are urged to be cautious and alert if they choose to travel through this area. You can contact Komwatch for more information.
When Daily, 9am; 1pm; 4pm
Monday & Friday, 9am; 12.30pm; 4pm
Cost R650 (2 hours)
Please note Participants must be between the ages of 12 and 65 years.
Contact 021 789 2341 / 083 261 0104, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Sleepy Hollow Lane, Noordhoek
5. Cycle Along the Promenade
The Sea Point Promenade is Cape Town’s answer to Las Ramblas in Barcelona, and Central Park in New York: a beautiful public space where locals (and tourists) can enjoy the(ir) city in a safe and secure environment. The fact that The Promenade boasts spectacular views – of the ocean on one side, and Lion’s Head on the other – makes it even more special. The paved walkway, lined with palm trees, is perfect for cycling.
Simply rent a bike at one of the Up Cycles stations (which are dotted at various points throughout the city, including The Promenade, V&A Waterfront Silo District and the Camps Bay strip) and return it by sunset.
Good to know Up Cycles also have mountain, road and E-bikes available for pre-booking from their V&A Waterfront store. If it’s your birthday (and you have your ID to prove it), they’ll give you a free hour-long bike ride.
When Daily, 6am – 6pm
Cost R75 – R150 (1 – 3 hours)
R220 (half day)
R275 (full day)
R75 (child seat)
Helmets and locks included
Contact 076 135 2223, 074 100 9161, email@example.com
Location The Pavilion on Sea Point Promenade
Silo 5 at the V&A Waterfront
Breakaway Cafe, Waterkant Street Fan Walk, Cape Town City Centre
Bay Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
6. Abseil From the Summit of Table Mountain
The views from the summit of Cape Town’s iconic landmark are spectacular enough, now imagine enjoying them as you rope your way down the side of the mountain. Being 1 000 metres above sea level makes for an exhilarating experience as you are lowered into the vortex, the vast blue ocean stretching out before you, and Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and The Twelve Apostles forming a panorama of splendour.
For adventurers who wish to truly test their endurance, there is the option to hike and abseil Table Mountain in one go. You’ll ascend via Platteklip Gorge, but then, instead of joining the landlubbers in the cable car, you’ll strap yourself into a harness and take the route less travelled.
When Daily, 9.30am – 3.30pm
- tours are weather-dependent
- participants need to be 10 years and older
Cost R995 (Table Mountain Abseil)
R2 190 (Table Mountain Hike + Abseil)
Location Meet at the top of Table Mountain, next to the big wheel with cables, or in front of the Visitor Centre at Lower Cable Station on Tafelberg Road if you’re doing the hike and abseil.
7. Relax on a Secret Beach
One of Cape Point’s more famous beaches (though still definitely a secret unlocked by only a select few of the reserve’s numerous daily visitors), Diaz Beach makes for a truly unforgettable experience. Oh, and did we mention that it’s one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, too?
Perhaps the reason Diaz remains largely undisturbed is because there is a 20-minute walk from the parking lot down a rather steep set of wooden stairs.
But for the stunning views alone, it’s undoubtedly worth it, as Diaz will render you breathless in the best possible way!
For the brave surfers and bodyboarders among us, you’ll love tackling its hollow barrels. However, swimming can be very risky here, due to the strong currents, so rather just wet your feet.
When Best time to visit during opening hours: 6am – 6pm (October to March); 7am – 5pm (April – September). Try arrive early to make the most of your time and avoid the wind.
Cost Cape Point Nature Reserve tariff: R145 (adults); R75 (children).
Contact 021 780 9010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location A steep walk down from the Cape Point Nature Reserve
8. Hike with Your Hound
Whether you’re after a coastal meander, forest ramble or a blood-pumping mountainous hike, it’s no fun without your pooch, right? Well, the Cape has no shortage of dog-friendly trails, such as the Alphen Trail in Constantia, and the Liesbeek River Trail in Observatory.
Another dog-friendly option is Beaverlac, a campsite in the Cederberg with access to the Olifants River, and some great hiking and swimming spots. Campers love bringing their kids and pets along, so it’s probably not the right place to go for peace and quiet, but for pooches it’s a five-star getaway.
Cost Areas that form part of the Table Mountain National Park require dog-walkers to have a Level 1 My Activity Permit, which can be purchased for R288 from the Tokai Plantation Office, or at the specified Cape Town Tourism branches, and is valid for 12 months from the day of purchase. A maximum of two dogs are allowed.
Contact 021 712 0527, Table.Mountain@sanparks.org (Table Mountain National Park)
021 712 7471 (Information on My Activity Permits)
9. Do the Acrobranch
Hidden deep within the Constantia Nek forest (okay, fine, not that deep), in the shadow of the misty mountains (okay, fine, they’re not that misty), lies this treetop playground. The three obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for young children (the third is geared towards teenagers) – have all the ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms a budding Indiana Jones could want. Assistants are available in case any of the kids need a helping hand, and there’s a restaurant onsite where parents can relax.
When Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Open on school holidays and public holidays
Cost Acro-Twigs: R140
Monkey Moves: R180
Swinging Tarzan: R220
High Flying: R280
Please note Booking is essential
Contact 086 999 0369
Location 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Constantia
10. Sail on a Luxury Yacht
If cruising along the ocean in a luxury yacht – cool wind in your hair and champagne in your hand – sounds appealing, then you might want to add “Waterfront Charters” to your Cape Town bucket list. Sailing around the bays and backwaters of the Atlantic Ocean is a truly invigorating experience, and one that every Capetonian – and visitor to the Mother City – should experience at least once.
When Daily, 8am – 6.30pm
Cost R540 (adults); R270 (children under 18)
Location Shop 5, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront
11. Go Mountain Biking
If mountain-biking is indeed the new golf, hold my drink Tiger Woods (or is it Justin Rose?). Daytrippers’ fleet includes over 200 bicycles, and their tours cater to beginners and experienced cyclists, with options ranging from a laidback 30-minute cycle in the winelands to a rigorous two-week ride from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town! Their aim is to get you into the great outdoors good and proper, and their comprehensive tours involve day tours and multi-day expeditions that avoid many of the trappings of mainstream, run-of-the-mill tourist packages.
When Daily, by arrangement
Cost R750 (adults)
12. Ride a Jet Ski
If you’ve always harboured fantasies of making like James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, read on. Hire a jet ski from Ocean Star Sailing Academy, whose highly qualified instructors will provide you with some basic safety instructions, then sate your thirst for speed in the waters around the V&A Waterfront, which provide a safe playground to do so.
Good to know Other ocean-going experiences on offer include power boating, private sailing, motor yachts and a ride on a fishing charter.
When Ocean Star Sailing Academy operates at all hours, seven days a week, so last-minute bookings are welcome.
Cost R1 750 (per hour per jet ski)
R100 (extra passenger)
Maximum of six people per hour
Contact 021 418 4074, 083 408 5125 (after hours), email@example.com
Location Ocean Star Sailing, Pentridge House, 11 Portswood Road, Cape Town
13. Visit a Night Market
Frequented by the likes of Masterchef SA judge Peter Goffe-Wood, and Cape Point Vineyards’ resident chef, Jonathan Gargan, this weekly community market is where south peninsula locals flock every Thursday evening for an array of inspired street food-style dishes, chilled vibes and stunning views.
The festivities take place in the restaurant and picnic area of Cape Point Vineyards, whose award-winning wines are available at great prices. There is ample parking and long stretches of open grass with a jungle gym for the little ones to blow off steam.
Please note No pets are allowed, and no food or beverages from outside can be brought into the market area.
When Thursdays, 4.30pm – 8.30pm (November – May)
Contact 021 789 0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Silvermine Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town
14. Go Sandboarding on the Dunes
Got the need for speed, but don’t want to get wet? The dunes of Atlantis on the West Coast rise up above the white sands like waves frozen in time. Sandboarding Cape Town will transport you to the location, and provide you with the necessary gear and some basic training.
Please note Sandboarding is weather-dependent
When By arrangement
Cost From R850
Location Tour guide will collect you at your accommodation and transport you to the location
15. Have a Picnic (Delivered to You)
There are few better ways to unwind after a long, hard week (or year) than spreading out a blanket under the shade of a tree, throwing down some cushions, popping open a bottle of the good stuff, and enjoying an outdoor feast with friends.
Now, imagine skipping the part where you have to pack the picnic basket, and lug it all the way to your chosen location? Doesn’t that sound pretty darn peachy? We certainly think so. Which is why we’ve become loyal users of Dial-a-Picnic.
The only effort required is choosing your preferred picnic hamper, and Dial-a-Picnic does the rest. Your picnic then arrives in hand-woven baskets, after which you can pop open the lid, and tuck in. They even offer a “surprise setup” package, where your picnic is delivered to a venue of your choice, and laid out before your arrival, along with blankets, cushions and themed accessories.
When By arrangement
Cost R125 – R220 per person, depending on the picnic you choose
Contact 082 789 5478, email@example.com
Location Dial-a-Picnic has its own list of recommended picnic spots; but ultimately, the choice of venue is up to you – you can even elect to have the picnic delivered to your own home.
16. Swim in a Tidal Pool
Arguably one of Cape Town’s most well-known and popular natural swimming pools, you’ll find St James Tidal Pool below the railway line, in the seaside suburb of St James, which is tucked neatly between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. During summer, the beach and tidal pool become especially busy, so it’s best to get there in the early morning to beat the crowds, and have a refreshing dip in peace.
It’s a sheltered, ultra family-friendly beach, making it perfect for sunbathers and young families, though surfers can ride the reef here, too.
Contact 021 444 9504, 021 784 2010, Desiree.Mentor@capetown.gov.za
Location St James Beach, St James, Kalk Bay
17. Do a Trike Tour
Trikes are three-wheeled motorbikes that provide all the joys of biking, but with the additional comfort and safety granted by a third wheel. Feel the wind on your face and the exhilaration of the open road, as a registered tour guide takes you around some of the most scenic parts of the Cape on South Africa’s one and only Boom trike – built in Germany and imported via the UK.
Routes currently on offer include the full day Cape Point & peninsula Tour, which takes you to the Cape Point Nature Reserve via Camps Bay, Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak Drive, then back to Cape Town via Simonstown; The romantic 2.5 hour Signal Hill sunset tour, where you ascend Signal Hill via Camps Bay and enjoy a glorious sunset with some sparkling wine and finger snacks; the romantic 3 hour Chapman’s Peak sunset tour, also with finger snacks and a bottle of sparkling wine included; the full day Winelands Tour, where you’ll traverse lush green valleys surrounded by majestic mountain ranges; and the stunningly scenic full day Hermanus & Whale Route tour to Hermanus, rated as the best land based whale watching site in the world. Tours run for about 8 hours, and can take two people.
Cost Signal Hill Sunset Tour: R1 400 (two people)
Chapman’s Peak sunset tour: R1700 (two people)
Cape Point Tour: R3 000 (two people, excludes entry fee for nature reserve)
Winelands Tour: R3 000 (two people)
Hermanus Tour: R3 000 (two people)
Please note For full day tours, clients can be collected at their place of residence and returned after the tour, although the cost is only included in the rate if the location is within 20km of Cape Trike Tour offices. For every 10km outside that circumference, an additional R150 fee applies. To reduce these charges, both parties can arrange to meet at a safe, convenient location. Collection for the sunset tours is at the V&A Waterfront motorcycle parking area approximately two hours before sunset.
Contact 071 219 1036 (Willem)
071 600 9673 (Amanda)
Location Mikpunt, Klipheuwel, Cape Town
18. Do an Outdoor Yoga Class
Breathe in unadulterated fresh air in awe-inspiring surrounds, while increasing your flexibility, improving your posture and building core strength at these outdoor yoga classes on Clifton 3rd Beach (voted the second best beach in the world in 2015).
The 60-minute Vinyasa Classes take place every Sunday at 6.15pm (from November until the end of the summer season). Find out about their Saturday morning yoga classes in the Company’s Garden.)
When Sunday, 6.15pm (from 5 November 2018)
Cost R70 (on the day); R200 (for 4 classes)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 081 077 3183
Location Clifton 3rd Beach, Victoria Road
19. Sip Tea in a Park
Located within the lush and secure surrounds of the wonderfully wide-open Green Point Urban Park, Tea in the Park Café is a decidedly lovely setting for tea. Offering an array of delicious sweet and savoury treats, fresh lunches, or simply a comforting cuppa, the spacious outdoor terrace, with glorious views of Lion’s Head and Cape Town Stadium, is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
The best part? Everyone’s welcome – including the four-legged members of your family, as well as the kids, who can enjoy some playtime in the park while you get on with the sophisticated business of sipping tea.
Good to know If you’re in the area on a Tuesday, swing by! Tea in the Park serves complimentary tea with any meal or cake ordered. How’s that for a deal that really takes the cake?
When Daily, 9am – 5pm
Contact 060 997 6153, email@example.com
Location Green Point Urban Park, 3 Park Road, Mouille Point
20. Go Ziplining
Soar over fynbos forests, majestic valleys and thundering waterfalls in this zipline adventure, named by Lonely Planet as one of the best attractions in the world. There’s little to compare to the exhilaration of looking down into a gaping canyon as you slide along a steel cable (some of which run up to 320m long). Based in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, about an hour outside of Cape Town, the tour kicks off with a 4×4 ride high into the mountains, where guests are supervised by professional guides as they attach themselves to cables that run from platform to platform. Once the high-flying adventures are concluded, guests are transported back to base camp where they can enjoy a meal.
Insider tip Brought to you by Canopy Tours SA and CapeNature, Cape Canopy Tour has started including free tour videos for clients.
When Tours depart on the hour from 8am to 2pm, and each tour lasts approximately four hours.
Cost R895 (adults, includes a fully guided trip, light lunch, and rain gear for wet weather)
R855 (adults with a Wild Card)
Location Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, R321, Elgin
21. Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens
The flowery meadows of Kirstenbosch are great for picnics or a leisurely stroll in the park any time of the year. It’s the perfect spot for kids to unleash their abundant energy – or sit and observe the birds and insects at work if they’re in a more contemplative mood. They’ll especially love the treetop canopy walkway, named The Boomslang (tree snake), which is so Jurassic, you almost expect a pack of Velociraptors to burst out of the bushes at any moment.
When Daily, 8am – 7pm (September to March)
Daily, 8am – 6pm (April to August)
Daily, 9am – 5pm (conservatory)
Cost R70 (adults)
R20 (children, 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6; pensioners on Tuesdays, except on public holidays)
Contact 021 799 8783, Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Location Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
22. Go Kloofing
Recommended only for hardy and experienced hikers. You’ll be getting wet on this journey, so bring the appropriate gear, including lightweight hiking shoes, a swimsuit, and a change of clothing – a wetsuit is also highly recommended. You’ll be treated to breakfast before embarking on a 30 minute trek to the first cliff-jumping pool (it’s takes another 30 minutes to reach the next pool). Before hiking out the gorge you’ll be able to enjoy a light lunch in the pools above the waterfall and then abseil down Thunder Falls. An adrenaline-boosting experience to be sure, but if you’d prefer a less intense adventure, then opt to only jump the first of the pools.
When Daily, 7am – 6pm (1 December to 30 April)
Daily, 7.45am – 6pm (1 May to 30 November)
Cost R1 395 (includes hiking, kloofing, a wetsuit in cold conditions, abseiling, transport and three meals)
Location 297 Long Street, Cape Town
23. Do an Overnight Hike
Hoerikwaggo is the Khoi San word for “mountain in the sea”, an appropriate description for an overnight hiking trail that takes hikers along cliffs that rise high above the shoreline, allowing you to perch upon the precipice and gaze out at the vast ocean. Cape Town’s unique location – between mountain and sea – gives rise to some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes, which are on show here, as hikers make their way along sandy beaches, up mountainsides, and through flourishing fynbos fields.
Please note Parts of the trail have been closed due to fire damage. The “official trail” takes five days to complete, but if you’d prefer a shorter version, you can elect to hike only certain portions of the trail.
When By arrangement
Contact 021 712 7471, 021 462 7861, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost The trail is free, but you will need to book the overnight accommodation, which is subject to availability. Rates are available on SANParks’ website.
Accessing the portion of the trail that lies within the Cape Point Nature Reserve requires a conservation fee (R145 for adults; R75 for children under 12).
Location Table Mountain National Park. The trail starts at Cape Point Lighthouse, and ends at Platteklip Gorge. Deonese.visser at sanparks.org 021 712 7471
24. Go Surfing
Surfing enthusiasts will tell you there’s no greater way to destress than to be out in the ocean, riding the waves. To which the uninitiated will respond: “Sounds great, but I’ll probably just end up rolling under the waves”. Well, that’s where Stoked School of Surf comes in. Their qualified coaches provide lessons at the Cape’s best surfing spots (since the school is mobile, they can pick whichever spot will have the best conditions on the day).
They provide the board and wetsuit, and will even transport participants to the chosen location (or you can choose to drive there yourself, in which case they’ll notify you of the location the day before). Lessons are limited to small groups to ensure everyone receives the necessary attention, and there’s also the option of private lessons.
Good to know Know how to surf, but not where to surf? Stoked provides surfing guide services as well, to help intermediate and advanced surfers find the location most suited to your skill level.
When Morning lessons: Pick-up from the city between 8am and 9am (depending on suburb)
Afternoon lessons: Pick-up from the city between 1pm and 2pm (depending on suburb)
Cost Group lessons:
R450 per person (self-drive option)
R650 per person (transported option)
Private lessons: from R1 500
Surf guiding: from R1 750
Contact 082 412 8781, email@example.com
Location Muizenberg or Big Bay Beach
Hike (and Climb) Table Mountain
Table Mountain is, justifiably, one of the prime attractions in Cape Town. Tackle it in a group of friends – never alone – or make use of a tour operator such as Abseil Africa. Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or a more strenuous run up Platteklip Gorge, Abseil Africa’s experienced tour guides will create a route to suit your fitness requirements, and gladly show you the ropes.
When Daily, 7.30am
Cost From R995 (depending on route)
Location Visitor Centre, Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town
26. Snorkel with Seals
At the Cape Fur Seal Colony at Duiker Island, you’ll find hosts of these playful creatures suntanning on the rocks and frolicking in the waves. The tour runs for about two-and-a-half hours in total, with half an hour set aside for meeting the team and kitting up. Time in the water with the seals amounts to about 40 to 60 minutes on average, allowing you the opportunity to see the Cape’s iconic marine-dwelling mammals up close.
Please note tours are weather-dependent; check their schedule for availability.
When Daily, 8.30am – 2.30pm
Location 8 Albert Road, Hout Bay (via M6 or M3), Cape Town
27. Go (Hassle-Free) Camping
We like to call it the Uber of Camping, because Hey Pioneer will set up a camping site for you at a location of your choice. That’s right, they’ll supply the tent, deliver it, and kit it out with all the bells and whistles you need. Talking about bells, their elegant bell tents – perfect for outdoor weddings and parties, families and small groups – come in various shapes and sizes, and there are also smaller tents available for children or singles accommodation. Additional equipment, including braai grids, utensils, cooler boxes, clay ovens, tables and chairs, is also available for rent.
If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion, let Hey Pioneer handle it from start to finish – they’ll even clean up at the end of your glamping getaway.
When By arrangement
Cost Rates vary according to group size and location.
Rentals are subject to availability, and advance booking is required
Contact 082 494 8452, firstname.lastname@example.org
28. Go Tandem Paragliding
Its fairytale-esque topography makes the Mother City the dreamiest city on the planet for a paragliding adventure. Here’s the deal: there are two take-off locations (Lion’s Head and Signal Hill). Lion’s Head is the more popular one because of the views of Table Mountain and the peninsula. Flights last between five and 30 minutes, and you do not need any previous knowledge or experience of paragliding – simply arrive at the takeoff point in comfortable clothing and one of the instructors will take you through some guidelines before take-off.
When Daily, 7.40am – 5.40pm (take-off on the hour, weather permitting)
Cost R1 300
R300 extra for inflight videos and photographs
Location Take-off is at Lion’s Head or Signal Hill
29. Braai on the Beach
With sandy beaches, clear waters for snorkeling on calm days, and huge boulders just a few meters away, Oudekraal is a deliriously relaxing spot for a family day out. This sheltered cove between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno is beach-braai heaven, with secluded barbeque areas that include seating with great views of the ocean.
When It is closed during the week (from 1 June to 30 September), but is open every weekend and on public holidays irrespective of the season.
Cost TMNP conservation fee
Contact 021 712 7471, Table.Mountain@sanparks.org
Location Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay
30. Explore a Cave
Found above Kalk Bay, Boomslang Cave is particularly good for less-experienced cave explorers and hikers. This easy-to-moderate two-hour hike offers the chance to test yourself with some novice caving, as it leads through the belly of the mountain for about a 100 metres, or so.
Many bats call this cave home – so please help protect these little guys by keeping the sound and disturbance level to a minimum. Near its entrance, you’ll find another smaller cave, White Dome Grotto; while inside, you will discover a labyrinth of tunnels.
Good to know Pack a flashlight or headlamp (and long pants too, if you don’t want to get wet or dirty) – or you won’t be able to venture beyond the cave mouth safely. If you’re claustrophobic, maybe give this a miss, as leopard crawling is necessary to reach the other side. It can get rather wet during the rainy months, so it’s a good one to save for spring or summer.
When Silvermine Nature Reserve opening hours:
8am – 6pm (October to March); 8am – 5pm (April – September)
Cost Silvermine Nature Reserve tariffs: R31 (adults); R16 (children)
Contact 021 712 7471, Table.Mountain@sanparks.org
Location Echo Valley, which can be accessed via Boyes Drive in Kalk Bay, or through the Silvermine Nature Reserve
Researched by Matthew Flax, Alicia Chamaillé and Annabel Short
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