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Outdoor Adventures in Cape Town

By Viator, July 2018

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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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Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, null
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Cape Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 369 Reviews

See all the top sights along South Africa’s Cape Peninsula on this full-day tour from Cape Town. With a mix of independent sightseeing and guided visits, ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.15
Cage Diving with Great White Sharks from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Cage Diving with Great White Sharks from Cape Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

You may think you’re a fear-defying thrill lover, but can you handle the ultimate heart-pounding experience? Find out in Cape Town by cage diving with great ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $203.20
Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town, Cape Town, Shark Diving
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Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

Visit the incredible Aquila Game Reserve -- the closest game reserve to Cape Town – on this full-day safari tour! With hotel pickup from your central Cape Town ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.55
Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast, Cape Town, Safaris
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Cape Town Helicopter Tour: Atlantic Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Head to the skies on a 20-minute helicopter tour from Cape Town, and soar above the Atlantic coast, known locally as the Atlantic Seaboard. Leaving the V&A ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $136.99
Safari Tour from Cape Town Including Lunch, Cape Town, Helicopter Tours
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Safari Tour from Cape Town Including Lunch

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Experience Africa's most noble creatures on their own land at the incredible Inverdoorn Nature Reserve. Travel 2.5 hours from Cape Town to Inverdoorn to ride ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Full-Day Robben Island and Cape Town City Tour, Cape Town, Safaris
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Full-Day Robben Island and Cape Town City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

A tour designed to maximize on your time in Cape Town, this tour includes all the ‘must-sees’ when in the Mother City – Robben Island, Table Mountain and the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.95
5-Day Small Group Garden Route Tour from Cape Town including Addo National Park, Cape Town, ... 
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5-Day Small Group Garden Route Tour from Cape Town including Addo National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Discover the highlights of South Africa’s legendary Garden Route – including Addo Elephant National Park, Jeffreys Bay, Wilderness National Park and Oudtshoorn ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

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Horse Trail Experience in Paarl, Cape Town, Multi-day Tours
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Horse Trail Experience in Paarl

The rides depart from Wine Valley Adventures on Rhebokskloof Wine Farm, Paarl.   Taken at a leisurely pace, according to the capabilities of the riders, the ...  Read more

Location: Paarl, South Africa
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $39.04
7-Day Garden Route, Winelands and Addo Safari from Cape Town, Cape Town, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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7-Day Garden Route, Winelands and Addo Safari from Cape Town

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Set your sense of adventure free on this week-long adventure along the south eastern coast of South Africa from Cape Town. Explore this coastal paradise with ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

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Wild Life Safari Tour including Private Transfer To and From Aquila Reserve, Cape Town, Multi-day ... 
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Wild Life Safari Tour including Private Transfer To and From Aquila Reserve

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

On our wildlife safari you will have the opportunity to look for the Big 5, these being: lions, buffalos, elephants, rhino, leopards. Keep an eye out for many ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $355.26

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