Cape Town is often regarded an extreme sports destination – naturally the city lends itself well to many activities as it has a vast coast line, rugged mountains and vast open spaces just outside of the city limits. Extreme sports are not for everyone and many people are just as happy to hit beach, visit a wine farm and then head to the Two Oceans Aquarium. But for those looking to get the heart pumping a little more we have covered some of the more daring activities on offer in Cape Town.
What Extreme Sports Are There In Cape Town?
- Big Wave Surfing – This is a bit of an obvious one for Cape Town, many surfers have heard of the legendary Sunset surf break and Dungeons! There are also a few other surf spots that are worthy of a mention such as Dunes and The Cray Fish Factory which both can easily head up to 10ft and over. Surfing itself isn’t a particularly extreme sport, but when Dungeons has been ridden at heights of 40ft+ on many occasions and even up to 70ft it’s easy to see why this has been added to the list!
- Paragliding Over Cape Town – If you are familiar and comfortable with paragliding or a novice and prefer to tandem paraglide with an instructor Cape Town is an epic destination! Gently gliding over the city having taken off from Signal Hill or Lions Head you’ll take in views of Table Mountain, the city bowl and the Atlantic seaboard of Cape Town – truly majestic sites for any dare devil holiday maker.
- Sandboard Cape Town – The Atlantis sand dunes lie around 50KM from the city of Cape Town and are actually located inside the Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve – the dunes cover roughly 500 hectares of the reserve. The pure white sand dunes reach up to 50 meters (160 feet) in height and offer some truly exceptional sandboarding. This one does require a moderate degree of fitness and you’ll be using a specialised sand board and speeding down the dunes at an exhilarating pace.
- Hiking Table Mountain – There is not much that hasn’t been said about Table Mountain, one of the new 7 natures of the natural world it really is a spectacular icon and one that can be enjoyed up close. Hiking up one of the many Table Mountain trails might be a slightly daunting prospect, but with a qualified tour guide and professional photographer you’ll have an amazing sunrise experience on the side of the mountain and some truly stunning images to remember the morning with.
- Abseil Down Table Mountain – Before we leave Table Mountain and the extreme side of life you should also consider abseiling down! The views are stunning at the top, but hanging off a 1000 meter cliff with Camps Bay and the Atlantic ocean below is another experience all together. No experience is required and the whole death defying experience is 45 minutes to an hour.
Who to Contact For Extreme Sports?
- Firstly big wave surfing should only be attempted by some who has surfed for many years and understands exactly what they are doing. In order to get to some of these surf breaks boat access is required and these can be organised from the harbor closest to the breaks you are trying to access.
- Paragliding can be organised via Fly Cape Town (https://flycapetown.co.za/) and prices are roughly R1000 (around £50 GBP) you can book at their website or give them a call +27 (0)82 851 7119
- Sandboarding at the Atlantis Dunes can be booked through Sandboarding Cape Town (https://sandboardingcapetown.com/). Prices start at R500 per person (around £25GBP). Book your adventure at their website or call +27 (0)846 651314
- To take a hike up Table Mountain it is advisable to go with an expert in the local area, Brenden Wainwright will be your guide and photography partner for the trip. The costs are R1300 per person (around £60GBP) Book at his Air BnB experience site here https://www.airbnb.co.za/experiences/816612
- To Abseil Table Mountain you can book with one of the most reputable companies in the Western Cape , Abseil Africa (https://abseilafrica.co.za/) book at the website where prices start at R750 (£30GBP) per person