You’ll come alive when you get adventurous in Camps Bay, leqving the comfort of your Luxury Villa in search of things to do. Camps Bay and Cape Town offer so many diverse forms of adventure sport. The Earth offers up its mountain and dunes for your pleasure, The Ocean offers up waves and depths for you to explore and The Sky offers up thermals and winds to thrill you. Camps Bay is so central, you can easily reach whatever adventurous expedition gets your pulse racing.
Out of the Cape rises fold after fold of majestic mountain – ready for you to climb and admire its rocks and stones. There are hundreds of different ways to climb Table Mountain (one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders). Close to Camps Bay you can find Plattekloof Gorge (straight up Table Mountain), the Pipe Track ( along the base of the Twelve Apostles) and Lions Head, a favourite with locals for a full moon climb. There are even huts you can hike to if you feel like a night in nature away from your self catering villa.
Try a Downhill adventure – Go Mountain biking
Downhill Mountainbiking in Cape Town is not for the faint hearted. But it is certainly addictive. If you’re up for steering your bike down a high speed downhill trail, head to Tokai’s adrenalin-pumping trails, near Constantia. Thrill seekers can also try out Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch and Lebanon Forest, Grabouw. Beginners can explore the beauty of Cape Point, Silvermine, near Fishoek or Deer Park, at the foothills of Table Mountain. Cape Town Cycle Hire will deliver rental mountain bikes between Cape Town CBD and Camps Bay.
You’re not skiing – You’re Sandboarding
With beaches and sun come…sand! There are giant 35 metre high dunes of it if you head to Atlantis on the West Coast just outside of Camps Bay. Dylan of Sandboarding Cape Town will take you on a fun daytrip, help you strap on some imported adapted snowboards and teach you how to make your way down the dunes. A two and a half hour session should get you up and riding. Betty’s Bay’s Dunes near Hermanus also offer excellent sandboarding.
Travel by Sea – Try Sailing
The Marina at the V&A Waterfront is the place to head if you’d like to try your hand at Sailing. Ocean Sailing Academy, will show you the ropes and how to work the light sea breezes and powerful South Easters to get you into the wild open sea. One day courses will teach you the basics and have you up and sailing in no time.
Hang Ten – Learn to Surf
Surfing is an obsession in Cape Town, with two oceans to find both giant swell and great training waves. Gary’s Surf School, Muizenberg and Atlantic Surf Co., Tableview offer beginners a chance to stand up in even one lesson (if your balance is good). Watch other surfers in action at Muizenberg, Llandudno, Glen Beach and Blouberg Beach – if your beach villa has a sea view you may even see them from you window! For true surf action follow the annual Red Bull Big Wave Surf Competition off Dungeons Reef in Hout Bay. Big Wave Surfers get towed out to the reef and then prepare to catch the biggest barrel in South Africa.
Explore the Deep Sea – Get Diving
Take your exploration of Cape Town to another level , 12 metres below the ocean’s surface. Diving is a magical exploration of a world of reefs, corals, kelp forests and wrecks. In Cape Town there are multiple dive sites (link to http://www.piscesdivers.co.za/dives/cape-town-dive-site-map) but Simons Town is one frequently explored for its accessible reef. With Pisces Divers in Simonstown you can take your pick of three fascinating dives: the Sevengill Sharks Dive, Cape Fur Seals dive and the Cape Wrecks dive for more experienced divers.
Meet Jaws – Go Sharkcage diving
Great White sharks are the stuff nightmares and Steven Spielberg movies are made of. Head out to the open seas to experience these 6 metre prehistoric giants close up from a cage with Sharklady Adventures, Gansbaai. Its a few hours outside Cape Town just beyond Hermanus and a beautiful part of the Cape. If you’d prefer something a little closer and sans the cage dive with Ragged Tooth Sharks at The Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront (they will have been recently fed, so no fear).
Lighter than air – Why no go Hot Air Ballooning?
Go floating (not flying) gently over the clouds in the quiet early morning. There’s no way quite like a hot air balloon ride to enjoy the serenity of the Cape Winelands below. Extreme Scene offers flights over the beautiful Berg River Valley in Paarl. They head off before sunrise to avoid any thermals so it truly is a sublime experience.
Catch a Thermal – Go Paragliding
Paragliding is a serene and breathtaking thrill and a great way to see the sights of Cape Town. Run off the slopes of Lion’s head and then touch down on the promenade after soaring on thermals with views of Table Mountain , the Atlantic and the city below. Landings are so gentle that recently an octogenarian celebrated her birthday with a Tandem Paraglide. Parapax Cape Town offers a few options and is happy to include anyone from age 3 to 93.
Go Freefalling – Skydive in Cape Town
It will be the most thrilling (and perhaps longest) 90 seconds of your life. Plummet 10 000 feet from an aeroplane as you take in the stunning view of Cape Town and Table Mountain below. Its all attached tandem style to a highly qualified instructor, so there aren’t day and days of training to go through. Call your tandem guides at Downhill Adventures, Gardens in Central Cape Town.
The elements are conspiring to bring you a thrilling experience of the Cape. Whichever way you choose to interact with the world, nature will draw you in to all the fun that’s to be had in Cape Town nature.