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Outdoor Adventures in Cape Town

By Viator, August 2017

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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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 368 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 (approx.)

From USD $88.25
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

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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

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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 90 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.)

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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 37 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.)

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5-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour: Addo National Park, Jeffreys Bay, Wilderness National Park and ... 
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5-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour: Addo National Park, Jeffreys Bay, Wilderness National Park and Oudtshoorn

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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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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Multi-day Tours
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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town

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For those with limited time, this tour to Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is offered as a half day option. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the ...  Read more

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Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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2-Day Western Cape Wildlife Game Drive and Route 62 from Cape Town, Cape Town, Half-day Tours
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2-Day Western Cape Wildlife Game Drive and Route 62 from Cape Town

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Go wild in the Western Cape on an overnight safari trip from Cape Town!  Travel off the beaten track to interact with wildlife and immerse yourself in the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Full-Day Zip-Line, Cheetahs and Wine Adventure Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Multi-day Tours
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Full-Day Zip-Line, Cheetahs and Wine Adventure Tour from Cape Town

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

From USD $101.83
Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town, Cape Town, Ziplines
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Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

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Leave Cape Town behind to take a marine cruise where you can see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds. On a 2-hour cruise from ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Hout Bay, Cape Peninsula, and Optional Boulders Beach Penguins Day Trip from Cape Town, Cape Town, ... 
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Hout Bay, Cape Peninsula, and Optional Boulders Beach Penguins Day Trip from Cape Town

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Spend a day exploring the beautiful Cape Peninsula on this tour from Cape Town. With a professional guide, travel to Hout Bay and enjoy free time to wander ...  Read more

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

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