Active Outdoor Activities to do in Cape Town

 Are you the adventurous outdoor type? if so, then this blog is for you! We have complied some active outdoor activities to do whilst visiting Cape Town.

Cape Town, with its epic mountain ranges and oceans, is the picture-perfect metropolis for the open-air adventure pursuer. You are spoilt for choice, with the mountains and the ocean, there is a wide selection of open-air activities to be revelled in.


As the most prominent landmark in the city is our beloved is our mountain, it is only apt that there would be an array of hiking and walking trails to keep you occupied.

Shark cage diving

Cape Town has been brand-named the breaching capital of the world, so take advantage of this prospect by booking a cage dive with the best shark cage diving company, African Shark Eco-Charters and encounter sharks up close in their natural environment.


For the thrill seeker, how about a view from the top by paragliding off the scenic Signal Hill. This will give you a bird’s eye view of the stunning Atlantic ocean.


A kayak tour would be the textbook inclusion in your schedule, a view from the ocean is a must-see. Perhaps, you could be lucky and catch a glimpse of some playful dolphins dancing in the waves or maybe even a whale when in season.


This activity has fast become one of the most prevalent adventure activities in the picturesque Western Cape. It allows you to appreciate natural surroundings such as forests, mountain cliffs and waterfalls while at the same time posing an adrenaline-filled adventure. It can also be enjoyed by the whole family owing to its different courses.


There are a plethora of choices. Choose from city cycling, a township tour or a Table mountain biking tour. Better yet, on offer is twilight bike tour which commences from the V&A Waterfront and concludes with a cool sundowner cocktail and snacks overlooking the azure hues of the Atlantic ocean.

Rock climbing

The Western Cape is one of the finest places in Africa for rock climbing with top-notch courses in abundance on offer.


Abseil off Table mountain, the world’s highest commercial abseiling point. This will take you 1000 metres above sea level where you will be surrounded by panoramic views of the beautiful city and ocean below.


On the west coast road, just 35minutes from the central business district is the closest drop zone. It boasts one of the most unsurpassed views in the world from altitude. This enthralling sport gives you the opportunity to view the magnificent Table mountain, historic Robben Island and the Atlantic ocean from an alternate angle.

Sandboarding and quad-bikes

Just 1 hour from the city centre, you can experience the tranquillity and seclusion of the West Coast sand mounds. Atlantis Dunes Field is an infinite beach, which is best appreciated on a sandboard or quad-bike.


By hopping on and pedalling on the most progressive Waterbikes, you can enjoy our ocean and marine life while giving yourself a workout with this innovative experience.

Seal Snorkeling

Enjoy a pleasurable snorkel with the active Cape fur seal. These guys are sure to keep you entertained.


Take the family to the only track in Africa and enjoy zooming down the 1.2 winding Toboggan track.

Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Cape Town is a very windy city making it ideal for windsurfers, kitesurfers and kiteboarders. This city is one of the best places in the world for this sport.

Scuba diving

The Cape waters offer incomparable scuba diving. There is much to see beneath, from shipwrecks to kelp forests and of course our beautiful marine life.

So there you have it! Whether your preferred adrenalin rush is on land or sea, there are a copious amount of activities to keep you occupied in ‘’the Mother city.’’

By Carmen Richards