Last Minute Festive Season: It's adventure time in Cape Town

2017-12-07 18:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Cape Town is known for having the best adventure spots for adrenaline junkies, active-fanatics and enthusiasts.

Visit any corner of the Mother city and you're bound to find a magical little spot just waiting to be explored.

Whether planted by human hands or carefully grown by Mother Nature herself, there is always something worth doing in the city. 

Penguin sea kayak

Kayak with the penguins at Boulder's Beach, near Simon's Town for with Sea Kayak Trips, who also do a full moon rising paddle in False Bay. 

Each trip takes a maximum of 18 people out in stable double kayaks, usually setting off in the mornings when the penguin watching and weather are generally better. The sea kayaking trips are available daily, last for about two hours and you don't need any kayaking experience. The recommended age is over 10-years-old unless the child is paired with a strong adult prepared to do all of the powering, and anyone with a mild level of fitness will be able to handle the paddle, even the senior citizens.

Where: Simon's Town

Cost: R275 per person or  R375 per person for a full three-hour trip

Contact: info@kayakcapetown.co.za / +27 (0)82 501 8930 

Toboggan Track

Cool-Runnings Toboggan Track, opposite the Bellville Velodrome in Tygervalley, Cape Town, is the first downhill toboggan run in Africa.

This summer version of snow tobogganing delivers the ultimate in safe, thrilling speed, in a bobsled on wheels down a 1,25 km winding track. Speed is regulated by the rider and there is no need to walk up the hill for your next go because you get on the slide at the bottom and let the automatic pully take you all the way to the top. 

Where: Cool Runnings Theme Park 

Cost: R250 per grown-up and R240 for children

Contact: +27 (0)21 949-4439

Go-Kart Racing

This is the super affordable, high-speed one that comes in kiddie-friendly options for the adventurous families. You get to zoom around the specially designed 310-metre racing track in high-tech go-karts, under watchful supervision.

You can choose between the Killarney Race Track replica at Kenilworth Karting in the Southern Suburbs or Century Karting at Canal Walk - two of the best indoor karting circuits in the country. 

Where: Kenilworth Karting / Century Karting at Canal Walk

Cost: R110 for a 10 lap race up to R200 for the 40 lap race

Contact: 021 525 1720 / century@karting.co.za 

Abseiling off Table Mountain

Abseil off the cliffs of Table Mountain while will taking in the views of city and ocean from over 1000 metres above sea level one of the world's natural wonders. Originally the highest commercial abseil in the world, this is an activity that will get your heart racing.

Where: Table Mountain

Cost: R895 per person (including the abseil) or on your own for free

Contact: +27 (0)21 424 4760

Shark Cage Diving 

Swim with the Atlantic’s most ferocious apex predator of the sea off the coast of Gansbaai, also known as the shark cage diving capital of the world. 

With White Shark Diving Co., a popular and responsible tour operator, as your guide, you get the chance to tread just inches from these notorious predators. Whether you count it as the ultimate adrenalin rush or the most daredevil-ish thing you’ve ever done, diving with these ancient animals is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Where: Gansbaai

Cost: Adult divers - R1 850, non-divers (viewing on board) -  R1 600 and children (12 years and younger, viewing on board) - R1 050

Contact: +27 (0)82 559 6858

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