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Best Cape Town Ocean and Water Adventures

Whether you’re a boundary-pushing thrill-seeker or daring adventurer, or just partial to some watery and ocean fun, Cape Town is jam-packed with some of the most exciting and exhilarating ocean and water adventure experiences. Boasting such a vast variety of watersports and ocean and water adventure experiences, there is undoubtedly something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. Yes, you too!

Are you ready to take the plunge? Here are some of the best Cape Town ocean and water adventures that should be on everyone’s bucket-list.

**Important Note: Some of the adventures and experiences require the presence of an experienced guide as well as safety equipment – do not attempt them alone.


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Kayaking is by far one of the best Cape Town summer ocean adventures.Kayaking is not only for the adrenalin enthusiasts and die-hard thrill seekers at heart, but for anyone looking to tick an unbelievable bucket list experience off their list! Not only do you get to do something truly exhilarating and see the beautiful Cape coastline, glorious Atlantic Ocean, and several of the Mother City’s top landmarks like Table Mountain from a whole new perspective, you get to witness Cape Town’s amazing and abundant marine life up close, including Cape Town’s incredible Marine Big5, dolphins, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, Molo Mola Sunfish, and Southern Right Whales.

Cape Town ocean and water activities

Cape Fur Seals and African Penguins are known to be especially playful and inquisitive in nature. They absolutely love the limelight and any chance to show off their tricks and twirls, so don’t be surprised if they come right up to your kayak for a greeting or a second in the spotlight. They love showing off and we have no doubt that you’ll love every second of watching them do it. So, sit back, relax, revel in every extraordinary moment of this experience and kayak along. As an extra bonus, make sure you’re on the lookout for some Sea Gulls and a range of other sea birds too!

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**Note: Most kayaking companies launch along the Atlantic Seaboard and offer the most scenically rewarding journeys along the peninsula. Another popular kayaking spot is Simon’s Town, located along the vibrant False Bay coastline. Simon’s Town is also the best place to get up-close and personal with Boulders Beach’s thriving African Penguin Colony in their natural habitat as you kayak alongside them.

#Surfski Paddling

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Many may think that a kayak and a surfski is practically the same thing, however, that is not the case. While a surfski is indeed a type of kayak in the kayaking “family” of paddling craft, surfskis are the longest of all kayaks. They are also extremely skinny and designed for optimal speed and not stability. However, these days, there is a great variety of boats of which beginner boats are way more stable and therefore far more suitable for first timers and beginners eager to give it a go!

In contrast to a kayak, a surfski is an enclosed fiberglass kayak which you sit on top of. When on a surfski you also do not take in any water (as its enclosed) when upside down – which is not the case with a kayak.

In addition, surfskis are performance-oriented kayaks designed specifically for speed on open water, most commonly the ocean, although it is well suited to all bodies of water and recreational paddling.

The sport of surfski paddling has exploded in South Africa over the past 15 years, with Cape Town leading the pack. Miles and miles of picturesque coastline offers superb opportunities for hours of fun and exploration on a surfski. As with all ocean-based sports in Cape Town, there is always the additional reward of seeing a host of marine animals on your paddle – Whales, dolphins, sunfish, and Cape Fur Seals being the most sighted.

They are therefore great for a quick morning paddle with the whales, seals, and other marine life and cover a lot more distance than other sea kayaks.  A surfski can be great fun on small waves allowing you to ride the waves and paddle back out quickly to catch another. Surfskis are mostly used for ocean races.

Due to changeable weather and notorious South Easter wind it is advisable to paddle with those who know the area well and are familiar with emergency procedures. Surfski paddling operators in Cape Town are usually run by elite sportspeople who have many years of paddling experience and can provide excellent coaching. Many suburbs along the coast have surfski clubs where members meet, often daily, for companionship, training, and safe paddling.


Cape Town ocean and water activities

By far one of the most exhilarating and bucket-list worthy Cape Town experiences to try this summer is surfing! Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, coolest waves, and a stunning year-round mild Mediterranean climate, Cape Town has established itself as one of the most highly sought-after surfing hotspots / destinations for surfers from around the world simply looking to ride its stellar waves. While others simply can’t resist the pull of the ocean.

Regardless of your skill or experience level, or whether you’re an avid surfing pro looking for your next big wave or a surfing first timer eager to get out there and give it a go, Cape Town has the perfect wave to ride and surfing beach just for you.

If you’re an adventurous thrill-seeker and experienced surfer looking to chase your next big wave, the following epic Cape Town surfing spots will be right up your alley:

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  • The Dunes at Noordhoek Beach: Experience level: Advanced
  • Long Beach in Kommetjie: Experience level: Intermediate – Advanced
  • Llandudno Beach: Experience level: Intermediate – Advanced
  • Dungeons (one of the world-famous big-wave surf spots): Experience level: Advanced
  • Crayfish Factory (between Kommetjie and Scarborough): Experience level: Advanced

If you’re a surfing newbie looking to ride your very first Cape Town wave, the laid-back coastal town of Muizenberg and its famous Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner has you covered.

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Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner has become one of the most popular surfing beaches in Cape Town for locals and travellers alike. But, most importantly, it is the best place in Cape Town to learn how to surf – And the best thing is, it welcomes surfers of all ages and experience levels to join in on the surfing fun and games! Muizenberg’s gentle waves and clean lines can be surfed almost year-round – Making it the ideal Cape Town surfing spot as well as any longboarder’s paradise. 

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As the sea-side town of Muizenberg embodies Cape Town’s surfing culture in every way, it boasts a variety of places where you are able to rent surf boards, wet suits, and take up surfing lessons. In addition to being one of the coolest surfing spots, Muizenberg Beach is also one of Cape Town’s best blue flag swimming beaches. This means that in addition to being the best place to learn how to surf, it is also the perfect spot to enjoy a fun beach day out with the whole family.

Other top Cape Town surfing beaches include:

  • Bloubergstrand: Experience level: Intermediate
  • Kalk Bay: Experience level: Intermediate
  • Big Bay: Experience level: Intermediate
  • Glen Beach: Experience level: Intermediate


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Time for some REAL thrill! A kloofing (South Africa’s name for canyoning) adventure is by far one of the most exhilarating and adrenalin-inducing experiences in Cape Town – hands down! By embarking on a kloofing adventure, you will not only have the exciting opportunity to explore some of Cape Town’s popular kloofing sites, but also hidden kloofs and secret spots.

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A kloofing trip / adventure in Cape Town typically consists of an exciting day of rock hopping, leaping from cliffs of up to 24-meters high, and finally cooling off in pristine and refreshing mountain pools. Your qualified adventure guides will lead you through a labyrinth of waterfalls, rocks, and pools, and share all their amazing knowledge of the unique environment with you. 

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**Note: If you decide to go on a Guided Kloofing Tour with highly experienced guides, helmets, and wetsuits (especially when it’s cold or there is a severe temperature drop) will be provided. A wetsuit, helmet, and proper premium gripping shoes is also VITAL for experienced and highly skilled kloofers who decide to embark on their own kloofing adventure.

Some guided kloofing tours recommend a stop at a hearty country eatery for a late lunch and cool and refreshing drink after all the excitement of leaping from cliffs.

#Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

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Calling all head-over-heels thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies – this one is just for you! Going shark cage diving is an incredibly exciting experience in itself, however, going shark cage diving in one of the only destinations in the world where you can actually get up close and personal with nature’s most daring predator, the Great White Shark, is on a whole other level entirely. This undoubtedly makes going shark cage diving in the famous Gansbaai one of the top ocean adventures and experiences in Cape Town.

#Stand-up paddle boarding

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Time to tick another bucket-list worthy adventure experience of your list! Stand-up paddle boarding (also known as SUPing) is undoubtedly one of the most exciting, sought-after, and adventurous ocean experiences in Cape Town. This incredible and down-right exhilarating paddle-boarding experience gives you the amazing opportunity to see and explore the private waterways of the V&A Waterfront, various canals, lakes, as well as the ocean from an entirely different angle. And guess what? It can be enjoyed by ALL and is ideal for both beginners as well as advanced paddlers alike, with the pace being entirely up to you.

Cape Town ocean and water activities

When it comes to going stand-up paddle boarding in Cape Town, you can choose to either be led by an experienced SUP instructor (this is recommended for first-time / beginner ‘SUPers’) or decide to go your own way (perfect for more experienced ‘SUPers’).

Cape Town ocean and water activities

The waters of Muizenberg are perfect for those who like to catch waves while on their SUP boards, while the quieter waters beyond the breakers at Clifton and Camps Bay Beach offer the most incredible views.

Cape Town ocean and water activities

For a more predictable and laid-back experience – perfect for beginner SUPers – venturing out on your stand-up paddle board, led by skilled and experienced instructors and guides, and exploring some of the city’s most amazing hidden canals, waterways, and lakes is one Cape Town adventure experience you definitely won’t soon forget.

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Photo credit: One&Only Cape Town

**Note: While Stand-up paddle boarding might look like a relatively easy and tranquil activity from the shore, when you stand up on these thick boards, essentially trying everything in your power to stay up-right (utilizing those abdominal and core muscles like you never have before), you realise just how much focus, control, and effort actually goes into staying out of the water while SUPing. However, regardless of putting in some good ol’ effort and core muscle power, going stand-up paddle boarding in Cape Town is a thrilling bucket-list experience in EVERY way!

#Snorkelling & Snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals

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Snorkelling is without a doubt one of the most fun and thrilling Cape Town ocean adventure experiences that should be on everyone’s bucket-list. In addition to experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you get to discover and explore Cape Town’s magnificent underwater world, remarkable kelp forests, and all of its vast, varied, and wonderful marine life inhabitants.

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Photo credit: Seal Snorkeling Cape Town

Going snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals is a particularly popular adventure experience in Cape Town. The famous Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, in Hout Bay is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and the perfect destination for your snorkelling adventure. These playful ocean beings are known to be incredibly inquisitive and extremely interactive with divers, making snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals an unforgettable ocean adventure absolutely everyone should get to experience.

**Note: Most snorkelling adventures and experiences (especially if you’re eager to go snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals) take place in Hout Bay – more specifically the Hout Bay Harbour.

#See & swim with the African Penguins at Boulders Beach

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Seeing the African Penguins in their natural habitat is by far one of the top family friendly things to do in Cape Town all-year round. Home to a thriving population of African Penguins, Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with these cool and charismatic ocean locals. This makes visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach a bucket-list worthy experience in every way.

Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site in Boulders Beach, you can enjoy a variety of other once-in-a-lifetime adventures such as swimming, kayaking or enjoying a laid-back beach day with them right by your side.

In addition to Boulders Beach, Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay is home to an African Penguin viewing site as well as one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world.

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).**Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees.

#Visit the iconic Crystal Pools

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Go on a thrilling and jam-packed adventure to one of the most sought-after and stunning natural gems in the Western Cape – The Crystal Pools.

Crystal Pools is one of Gordon’s Bay and Cape Town’s best kept secrets and bucket-list destinations. Located approximately 90 minutes outside of Cape Town, Crystal Pools boasts incredible hiking trails which lead to a series of mountain pools situated within a beautiful Valley known as the Steenbras River Gorge. Both the Steenbras River Gorge and the Crystal Pools forms part of the renowned Steenbras Nature Reserve, with the hiking trail following the Palmiet River up the gorge.

Crystal Pools, the Steenbras River Gorge, and Steenbras Nature Reserve offers avid hikers, adventurers, and anyone eager to explore the great outdoors the ultimate escape from the hustle and hype of the city.

Need to know information:

  • Location: Kogelberg Nature Reserve | Greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Steenbras Nature Reserve (via N2 and R44), Helderberg Rural, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Office hours: 7:30am – 4pm | Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools hiking trail bookings: Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays): 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools operating hours: Hiking trails are only open from 1 November to 30 April each year (closed during winter months) | Hiking trail operating hours are from sunrise – sunset: 6am – 6pm | Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail operating times may differ slightly according to sunrise and sunset times throughout November – April
  • Entrance Fees / Cost: Entry fee for Steenbras River Gorge: R75 per person | Entry fee for the Steenbras hiking trails: R25 per person | For more information and a detailed list of costs please contact 021 444 6927 or [email protected]
  • Contact details: General enquiries: [email protected] | Booking queries: 021 856 9622 | 021 856 9623 | 021 856 9620 | [email protected] | Emergency number: 021 444 6927 | 021 957 4725
  • Distance from Cape Town: +/- 65km – 80km (depending on route)
  • Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Carrying Capacity: To ensure that the hiking trails don’t get too crowded, a maximum of 50 people are allowed per day | It is essential to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment
  • Essential Crystal Pools Hiking Trail Requirements: You cannot gain access to the area / hike any of Steenbras River Gorge or Crystal Pools’ Hiking Trails without a valid pre-booked and paid permit containing a unique QR Code & proof of identification (driver’s license, ID card, or passport)
  • Hiking Trail Permits: To pre-book your Steenbras River Gorge & Crystal Pools permit email [email protected] with ALL relevant information, including the date of your visit and the size of your party / group (a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 people are allowed per group) | One permit per person is required | You can only acquire a permit via email, not at the gate | You must pre-book your hiking permit at least two to five working days before your visit |The hiking permit does not authorize abseiling activities

Check out our ‘Crystal Pools’ blog for everything you need to know about Crystal Pools and all its incredible hiking trails, rock pools, exhilarating experiences, hidden gems, fauna, flora, and biodiversity, and exciting secret spots to visit.

#Coasteering in Simon’s Town

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Coasteering is an exhilarating Cape Town summer activity that takes full advantage of the beautiful granite boulders that are strewn along the coast around Boulders Beach and Simons Town.

Similar to kloofing where avid thrill seekers and adrenalin junkies make their way down a ravine, swimming and cliff-jumping along the way, coasteering involves doing pretty much the same thing, however, unlike kloofing, it takes place along a protected coastline. This thrilling watersport involves making your way / following your guides as they pick a line just off the shore along a section of coastline. Using the boulders like giant steppingstones you’ll hop from boulder to boulder, scrambling up them and leaping off them (with jumps up to 10-meters high) right into the crystal clear blue pools.

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You’ll swim through Cape Town’s incredible kelp forests, feel the rise and fall of the ocean tide around you, and sometimes, if you’re super lucky, you’ll have the amazing opportunity and pleasure of gaining and befriending an unusual swimming companion – a Cape Fur Seal, a cute, charismatic, and playful African Penguin or some other curious creature of the sea – How amazing is that? During your coasteering adventure, from time to time you’ll make your way up into a sandy cove to enjoy the warmth of the glorious Cape Town sunshine as well as to admire the spectacular views of the peninsula and revel in every second of this unbelievable Cape Town ocean experience.

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**Note: Each participant is equipped with wetsuits, life jackets, safety helmets, PFD (personal flotation device), and booties. Qualified adventure guides will lead the way and safety boats are present in the vicinity to keep an eye from the seaside. All skill levels are welcome on this adventure in Simon’s Town.

#Cliff Jumping

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If you’re drawn to natural spaces and hardcore thrills this is the Cape Town adventure experience for you! The Cape Fold Mountains are a magnificent 1300-kilometer range of peaks that run in a big ‘smile-shape’ from the west to the east just north of Cape Town – Parts of the Cape Fold Mountains are easily accessible from the city too.

By travelling just an hour outside of the city, you’ll find yourself in this glorious nature zone, exploring pristine peaks and beautiful valleys. Over the ages, rivers and streams have flown through these mountains and sandstone beauties, ultimately creating and carving the most remarkable ravines with stunning waterfalls and amazing rock pools – the ultimate cliff-nature and daring adventurer’s playground!

Time to cliff jump! Jumps range from little splashes to around 15-meters. Some cliff jumping adventures near Cape Town have obligatory jumps, so they’re only for the committed daredevils. Other outings have jumps that you can opt-out of if you find them too scary. Along with ticking the thrilling experience of cliff jumping off your Cape Town adventure bucket-list, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the various gorges. This is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience in every way!

#Cool down in one of Cape Town’s tidal pools

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St. James Tidal Pool

The Mother City is blessed with countless tidal pools built along the coastline, providing everyone with an incredible, safe, and family-friendly space to swim, cool down, have fun, and enjoy the sunset.

Get ready to embrace the icy waters of the Atlantic as you spot a few sea slugs or cuttlefish. Not to mention one or all of the members of the Marine Big 5 if you’re lucky!

While Cape Town has no shortage of incredible tidal pools (read our post Cape Town’s 19 Amazing Tidal Pools  to make sure you visit them all), the St James Tidal Pool is definitely one of the best. Not to mention a real fan-favourite among the young and young at heart.

How to get there: Situated close to the Muizenberg station, you will need to cross over the train tracks and follow the winding concrete path that meanders along the coast. Once you’ve reached your desired destination, a refreshing dip in the cool St James tidal pool waters is an absolute must! It really is the perfect Cape Town summer holiday activity for the whole family.

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In addition to the famous St James Tidal Pool, here are a few more amazing tidal pools that will help you beat the heat in Cape Town this summer.

  • Miller’s Point | Simon’s Town – Click here to find out everything you need to know about Miller’s Point Tidal Pool
  • Maiden’s Cove | Between Glen Beach and Camps Bay Beach
  • Dalebrook | Kalk Bay
  • Camps Bay tidal pool | Camps Bay
  • Shelley’s Point | Glencairn
  • Milton tidal pool | Milton Beach
  • Glencairn | Glencairn Beach
  • Buffel’s Bay | Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Soetwater | South of Kommetjie
  • Sparks tidal pool | Gordon’s Bay
  • Kommetjie tidal pool | Kommetjie
  • Saunders | Saunders Beach, between Clifton and Sea Point in the suburb of Bantry Bay
  • Silwerstroom | Silwerstroom Resort, Meklbosstrand
  • Wooley’s tidal pool | Between Kalk Bay and Clovelly
  • Monwabisi | Khayelitsha
  • Brass Bell | Brass Bell Restaurant | Kalk Bay
  • Harmony | Strand

#Go swimming at some of the best dams & rivers in Cape Town

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Going swimming and adventuring at some of the best dams and rivers in Cape Town is by far one of the most fun, exhilarating, invigorating / ‘make-you-feel-completely-and-utterly-alive’ adventure experiences and things to do this summer in Cape Town for both the young and young at heart.

If you’re eager to take a cool and refreshing dip away from the sand, sea water, and large crowds, Cape Town’s vast variety of dams and rivers are the perfect place to do just that.

Let’s be honest, what’s more thrilling than plunging into a crystal-clear rock pool in one of the most beautiful locations in the Western Cape? This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting ways to beat the heat in Cape Town this summer.

Check out our ‘Best Dams and Rivers in Cape Town for swimming’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s best swimming spots.

#Take a dip in the Atlantic

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Taking a dip in the chilly Atlantic is the ultimate way to beat the heat in Cape Town. There is nothing better than being sun-kissed, sandy-toed, and salty-haired while soaking up the glorious Cape Town sunshine. Enjoying a blissful beach day on one of the Mother City’s beautiful beaches paired with a refreshing dip in the cool Atlantic waters is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town in summer.

Here are some of our favorite beaches that all deserve to be on your Cape Town beach bucket-list:

  • Camps Bay
  • Clifton (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
  • Muizenberg Beach
  • Bloubergstrand
  • Llandudno
  • Bakoven
  • Glen Beach
  • Boulders Beach
  • Big Bay
  • Oudekraal Beach
  • Long Beach in Kommetjie
  • Noordhoek Beach
  • Water’s Edge

#Visit Meiringspoort Waterfall

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Located close to the small town of De Rus, the Meiringspoort Waterfall is probably one of the most famous waterfalls in the Cape Town area.

Officially called the Great Waterfall, Meiringspoort Waterfall is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts hundreds of both locals and tourists daily. The best thing about this magnificent waterfall, besides the thundering water of course, is all the interesting geological formations visitors can discover and explore as well as the amazing opportunity to swim in the natural pools. You can even make a whole day of it by bringing a picnic basket along. Meiringspoort Waterfall is approximately 60 meters high, while the pool below the waterfall is +/- 9 meters deep.

#Enjoy a family outing to Beaverlac

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Well-known for its beautiful waterfalls and crystalline rock pools, Beaverlac is a lovely local campsite located in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains. Travelers, explorers, and adventurers who would like to freshen up and cool down after a hike can go for a dip in the dam and admire the beauty of the waterfalls. Keep in mind that you will need to book one of the cabins or a spot at the campsite when visiting the famous Beaverlac.

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Besides enjoying a revitalizing dip in the dam, this nature lover’s paradise boasts a few hidden gems and thrilling adventures you simply can’t pass up. From a variety of exhilarating hiking trails to going on the ultimate cave exploring expedition (some of the caves are decorated with rock art dating back thousands of years), your visit promises to be filled with tons of adventure, thrill, and scenic beauty.

**Tip: As Beaverlac no longer allows day visitors, you will have to book a spot at the campsite or one of the cabins | Bookings can be made online and pay cash at the gate.

  • Distance from Cape Town: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Where to find it: Beaverlac Campsite, Porterville (via N7)
  • Opening times: Daily, 7am – 9pm
  • Contact details: 022 931 2945
  • Dog-friendly: Dogs are allowed in the campsite, but not in the rock pools where people are swimming
  • Cost: Entrance fee: R30 per car | Camping rates: R75 (per adult per night); R45 (children 4 – 17 years); free (children 0 – 4 years); R50 (per dog per night) | *Prices are subject to change

#Go Shipwreck & Reef Diving

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The wrecks that lie strewn across the shores and seabed of the “Cape of Storms” tell a storied history of war, exploration, and industry. Due to its moderate depth and short distance from the launch site, The SAS Pietermaritzburg at Miller’s Point on the False Bay coast, is a popular site for introductory and night dives.

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For those adventurous souls that are not all that keen on diving too deep, diving through the incredible reefs and remarkable kelp forests of the Cape ocean and exploring the floral kingdoms and extraordinary marine life inhabiting the Cape waters is a great option.

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**Important Note: Diver’s and participants must have a PADI Open Water Diver license with at least 50 dives or the equivalent and must bring their Dive Certification Card along. If you are diving with a qualified diving guide or diving tour, quick pool dives are available before the boat trip to the diving site for those who need a refresher (particularly if you have not dived within the last year). This will however be at an additional cost. Be sure to always bring warm clothing, a towel, and sunblock with you. If you’re an experienced diver, you can bring your own diving equipment with you if you prefer.

#River-rafting & tubing in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Another exhilarating Cape Town adventure that should definitely be on your Cape Town bucket-list is going river-rafting and tubing in the stunning Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Heavy rains transform the otherwise-serene Palmiet River in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve into the ultimate adventure zone of epic white-water rapids. By venturing approximately 90-minutes outside of the city of Cape Town, you’ll be greeted by a glorious gushing river lined by fynbos-dotted mountains.

River-rafting and tubing in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve’s Palmiet River is typically best between the months of June – October. River rafting takes place in two-person inflatable vessels (“crocodiles”). This Cape Town water adventure requires qualified and registered guides who will not only lead the way as you embark on this thrilling experience and navigate the wild waters and rapids, but share their knowledge of the area, as well as give you extremely valuable tips on how to properly steer your raft. Yes, it is most definitely harder than it looks! While avid adrenaline junkies will thrive as they navigate the bigger and more daunting rapids, they are optional and can be skipped if you prefer a more relaxed, yet equally adventurous experience. This makes this once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience suitable for all ages and skill levels.

**Note: Rafting is typically a winter activity and, although tubing is available during spring and summer, it’s usually not available during the in-between season change when the river is too low for rafting and a bit too high for safe tubing. All boating and safety equipment will be provided including lifejackets, gloves, paddle jackets, and helmets. Make sure you bring a change of clothes, towel, and closed shoes with a back strap that can get wet. If you have, you can bring your own wetsuit, alternatively you can hire a wetsuit.

**Best times:

  • River-rafting: June – October
  • Tubing: September – mid-January; April – June