An Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide to Cape Town
Cape Town is renowned as one of the most picturesque harbour cities in the world. Its prime position nestled into the bay with a stunning backdrop of the famous Table Mountain, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Cape Town holidays can be many things to many people, but one thing they never are is boring!
If you’re looking for relaxation, Cape Town can show you her softer side with gentle nature walks through Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, or a romantic fine dining experience with spectacular views at Simon’s Town or Kalk’s Bay. However, if that all sounds a little tame for your tastes and you’re looking for some excitement on your Cape Town holidays, then keep reading for some options that will make your heart skip a beat for all the right reasons!
Bungee Jumping at Bloukrans
If the thought of launching yourself off a very high platform and hurtling down to meet the ground below, with only a thin piece of elastic to stop you fills you with glee; then your Cape Town holidays are the perfect time to do your first bungee jump! And let’s face it, if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it in style from the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at Bloukrans. You will take the plunge from world’s highest single span arch bridge which is situated in the midst of the beautiful Tsitsikama Forest. Hopefully you’ll have time between the nerves to admire the breathtaking views which you can take in from high above the forest before you jump because, once you begin your freefall, sightseeing will be the last thing on your mind!
Abseil Down Table Mountain
For an awesome adrenaline inducement definitely not for the faint-hearted, rappelling dead-vertical down the craggy sides of Table Mountain is the ultimate Cape Town holidays thrill. Believe it or not, no experience is needed to fling yourself off the edge of a mountain, as full training and safety precautions are given. From 1000 metres above sea level, with the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean laid out before you, you will descend approximately 112 meters on a carefully controlled drop. It is certainly not for everyone, but if you’re fit, game and not scared of heights this could be the once in a lifetime experience you’ve been looking for.
Helicopter Flips over the Western Cape
There can be no better way to get a bird’s-eye of a region than by taking a helicopter flight (or flip). A flight in a chopper can give you an amazing overview of a large area in a relatively short space of time. Depending on your Cape Town holidays budget you can choose from a zippy five minute flip, a half hour tour of the city, or a comprehensive ninety minute scenic grand tour. You can pick up a ride from any number of companies in and around Cape Town who cover various routes. Tours will encompass the majestic Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range; you will soar over golden beaches and vineyards; and skim low along the Waterfront of the city.
A Harley Davidson up the West Coast
The ultimate boys toy, there’s just something about a Harley that spells freedom. Round out your Cape Town holidays with a spin up the West Coast on your very own ‘Hog’ tour. If you would rather sit back and enjoy the ride rather than drive yourself, you can go for a chauffeured tour and keep your eyes firmly fixed on the view. Head around the peninsula and stop off for some whale-watching along the way; or cruise through Winelands and take in a late afternoon tasting. A unique and invigorating experience, your Harley Davidson tour around Cape Town will give you a feeling you will never forget.
Rachel Hill is a specialist consultant with Southern Africa Travel, a company offering Cape Town holidays, as well as holidays to other destinations in Southern Africa. Our experienced consultants will help you design your very own luxury holiday, and will be happy to provide you with a free quote.