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Our most recommended Cape Town Outdoor Activities

Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

1. Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

Enjoy a one-hour scenic coastal cruise aboard a luxury power catamaran. The vessel will take you from the historic V&A Waterfront area on an adventure out to sea. Throughout the cruise, you'll travel along the Atlantic coastline to the Green Point Lighthouse before then traveling back to the harbor. With spectacular mountain and city views, the cruise provides perfect ocean views over many of Cape Town’s splendors. Your one-hour cruise operates daily, with regular departures from Quay 5. With a cash bar on board for refreshments as well as great service, this is a trip not to be missed.

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Cape Town: Waterfront and Sunset Champagne Cruise

2. Cape Town: Waterfront and Sunset Champagne Cruise

Cape Town has one of the best locations for watching the sun go down from the water. With the Atlantic Ocean stretching away from the majestic Table Mountain range, this is certainly a "must-do" cruise for locals and tourists alike. You'll also get a unique view of the coast of Cape Town from the sea while relaxing and sipping on local sparkling wine! The sailboats Esperance and Serenity One follow the wind for this cruise, and therefore the destination is dependent on the weather at the time of the cruise. Your captain will let you know before departure your expected direction, but typical Cape Town summer wind blows from the southeast. First, you'll leave the harbor and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton Lighthouse, returning to the protection of the Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sun set, and then motor back to the waterfront. In the winter months, with the Northwester prevalent, the direction will likely be towards the Clifton coastline or the Robben Island Coastline. This cruise will also return to Granger Bay and the Waterfront. On some occasions the weather may require the use of a motorboat, in which case the boat will cruise slowly along the Atlantic seaboard towards Clifton beach and then return. On all trips your skipper and crew will do their best, weather dependent, to give you the best view of the spectacular sunset over the sea - you won't believe the beauty of this sight until you experience it yourself! For all the vessels, when the seas are running too high or the wind is unpleasantly strong, instead of heading into Table Bay the destination is the Cape Town Harbor; a perfect alternative offering magical views of Table Mountain and the lights of Cape Town and the harbor in the evening. In extreme conditions the skipper will take every aspect into account, and even stay dockside to ensure the safety of the passengers.

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Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

3. Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

After a short explanation, you and your pilot will take off from a mountain slope under a canopy that resembles a parachute. Once inflated overhead, you will take just a few steps or a short run to take off from the gentle slope, the wind will catch the canopy and you will be airborne. In the air, complete control over direction and speed gives your pilot the freedom to soar ridges, rise on warm currents of air and cover distance. The tour providers have a proven safety record from day one, a credit to company procedures. Each season starts with brand new equipment and well-maintained throughout the year. All pilots are internationally recognized Tandem Flight Instructors. Each passenger is briefed and issued with a helmet. All pilots carry complete reserve and communication systems and weather conditions are carefully assessed before you are taken up and again on take off. You will be assisted by the crew on both take off and landing. Get ready to fulfill man's oldest dream of free flying. Now, you can experience the joy of personal, foot-launched flight in its purest form - on a paraglider. You do not need to have any experience at all to come tandem paragliding. Thousands of tandem paragliding flights have been done with children as young as 10-years-old and adults as old as 87-years-old. After a short briefing, you will merely run a few steps and the rest will be in the hands of your fully qualified pilot. Just sit back and enjoy your flight. Bookings are essential, do not leave it until your last day as the activity is dependent on the weather conditions.

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Cape Town: Coastal Cruise & 2-Course Lunch Combo

4. Cape Town: Coastal Cruise & 2-Course Lunch Combo

Embark on a relaxed scenic 1-hour coastal cruise or a Bay sail followed by a delicious 2-course meal ashore - the ideal way to spend your lunchtime in Cape Town. Board a sturdy but luxurious twin decked trawler based vessel or an iconic sailing vessel which will take you from the historic V &A Waterfront area out to sea to cruise along the Atlantic coastline or depending on wind direction into Table Bay for spectacular views of Table Mountain from a Mariners perspective. For all the vessels, when the seas are running too high or the wind is unpleasantly strong, instead of heading into Table Bay the destination is the Cape Town Harbour for a Harbour Day Cruise. After the cruise, enjoy the freedom to choose between 3 restaurants: the Meloncino Restaurant for Italian, the City Grill for local flavor, and the Greek Fisherman.

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Cape Town: Stand-up Paddleboard Experience

5. Cape Town: Stand-up Paddleboard Experience

Learn a new skill or perfect your stand-up paddle technique by gliding across the water at the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town. Practice on the calm water of the canal with 30 or 60 minutes of board rental. Enjoy some of the finest views of beautiful Cape Town from the protected canals of the V&A Waterfront. Begin with a short lesson from a knowledgeable instructor before you hit the water.

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Cape Town to Gans Bay: Shark Cage Dive and Viewing

6. Cape Town to Gans Bay: Shark Cage Dive and Viewing

You will be picked up from your Cape Town or Hermanus hotel in a luxury, air-conditioned bus, which will take you to the local partner's facilities opposite the harbour slipway. Enjoy unspoilt sea views with your complimentary continental breakfast during the safety briefing. Get kitted up in your 5mm wetsuits while still on land and head out to Shark Alley on Megalodon II. Once anchored, the sharks are lured by bait line to the cage. Viewing from the deck of the boat is almost as exciting as getting into the cage for an unforgettable close encounter. Approximately 3 hours at sea allows for more than one dive. The cage takes 4 or 5 people at a time on a rotational basis. There are drinks and snacks on board to enjoy while you warm up on the deck, before having another underwater encounter with these awe-inspiring apex predators. No diving experience is necessary for this surface cage dive, it's as easy as holding your breath. The onboard cameraman is there to capture this unforgettable experience for you and after viewing the day's footage back on land, while you enjoy a hot lunch, you can choose to purchase a souvenir USB. Enjoy land-based whale watching en route back to Cape Town or airport transfers at no extra cost.

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From Cape Town: Inverdoorn Game Reserve Full-Day Safari

7. From Cape Town: Inverdoorn Game Reserve Full-Day Safari

Travel from Cape Town to Inverdoorn Reserve Safari on a full-day tour, and see amazing African wildlife in their natural habitat. Set out early in the morning, traveling via the wine region and Klein Karoo. After arriving at the Nature Reserve, you'll be welcomed with drinks before setting out on a 2-hour game drive in an open-air 4x4. The drive will include a stop at a Lion Project, which exist to help replenish the lion population in a safe and meaningful way. You may also have the opportunity to walk with giraffes on their own turf. Then return to the lodge for lunch under trees in the Boma-style restaurant. Here you can relax around the pool in summer, or at the fireplace in winter. In either case, your day will be well-rewarded with relaxation before your return to Cape Town via the Huguenot Tunnel.

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From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

8. From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, the first stop on this 10-hour small-group tour is Maidens Cove. There, soak up great views of Camps Bay Beach, 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head. Continue along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas en route to Chapman's Peak Drive for 2 photo stops. Upon arrival at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the park. Board a funicular to Cape Point Lighthouse or take a 15-minute walk up that passes a spectacular viewpoint if you prefer. Next, visit the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about the sea birds. After marveling at the main colony of African penguins, stop to enjoy lunch at Simon's Town harbor (at your own expense), and admire the 18th-century buildings. On the drive back, stop to see the shark spotters, who help prevent sharks attacks at Muizenberg Beach. You will be taken back to the pickup location or with the option to change the drop-off point.

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Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

9. Hout Bay: Seal Snorkeling Experience

Let an experienced crew take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - come face-to-face with the ocean's friendliest animal, the cape fur seal. Meet at the local partner's office. Once all the preparations are complete and you are fully briefed in a short training session, your trip will begin. After a scenic boat ride to Duiker Island, a breeding colony for the cape fur seal, you'll have the opportunity to explore underwater life for yourself! Spend approximately one hour in the shallow and clear water, observing and interacting with these amazing animals on their own terms. On the way back, enjoy hot drinks and snacks on board while you share your awesome memories made while snorkeling with these fantastic animals!

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The Cape Town Official City Pass

10. The Cape Town Official City Pass

Explore the best of what Cape Town has to offer. Choose either a 2, 3, or 5-day City Pass, giving you free entry to over 80 of Cape Town’s top attractions to experience. If you are serious about exploring the heart of Cape Town, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Save money with the Official Cape Town City Pass.  You'll find there's something for everyone.  Just some of the over 90 attractions and experiences include: • Free transport, for the duration of your pass, on the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus which takes you to over 80% of the attractions. • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway • Sunset Champagne Cruises • V&A Waterfront Seal and Harbour Cruise • LaGuGu Township Tour • Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art • The Cape Wheel • Two Oceans Aquarium • World of Birds • Seal Island Cruises • Crocodile Farm • Hard Rock Café • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat • &Bikes Food Bicycle Tour • South African Museum • Slave Lodge • District Six Museum • And much more If you select the Premium option, you can choose one of the following exclusive experiences:   • Great White Shark Cage Diving • Big 5 Safari • Cape Town Helicopters • Whale Watching • Snorkelling with seals and speedboat ride • and many more

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What people are saying about Cape Town

The experience was breathtaking, too bad the top deck got full so fast, but we ended up enjoying quiet a lot, the champagne, the music and most definitely the amazing view The crew was friendly and very attentive

It was amazing... The captain n his crew were awesome... Defnitly booking again soon

Great excursion out to camps bay, with an amazing atmosphere and breathtaking views

Very friendly and entertaining staff. Covid-19 clean and spacious boat.

Great setting, staff are excellent. Had a wonderful time.