“After Lockdown” Adventure Series, Part 2
Discover the joy of living again through these exhilarating outdoor activities!

Outdoor

Welcome back to dk villas’ three-part article series on the incredible diversity of exhilarating outdoor activities the Cape has to offer! Previously, in Part 1, we explored skydiving, sea kayaking, Segway tours, mountain biking, and surfing as ways to discover the joy of living again after so long in lockdown. In this instalment, we continue on our rampage through the thrilling ways you can explore the Cape: by ziplining, stand-up paddle boarding, trail running, “Scootouring”, or kite surfing.


Ziplining

If you ever wondered what it must feel like to fly, ziplining is your answer! Strapped to a steel cable, your own gravity pulls you down the cable while the most spectacular scenery unfolds below you, from lushly carpeted valleys and forest canopies to roiling ocean, jagged cliffs, and more. There are a number of ziplining locations scattered around the Cape, each with unique landscape to explore from the air.

To arrange your ziplining adventure in Cape Town, contact any of the three reputable and experienced companies below….

SA Forest Adventures

Where: Multiple locations, including Caledon, Kleinmond, Cape Town, and Hermanus.
Website: www.saforestadventures.co.za
Email: bookings@saforestadventures.co.za
Telephone: +27 21 795 0225 / +27 79 495 3987

Cape Canopy Tour

Where: Forestry Road, Elgin.
Website: www.canopytour.co.za
Email: zipline@capecanopytour.co.za
Telephone: +27 21 300 0501

Acrobranch

Where: 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Constantia
Website: www.acrobranch.co.za
Email: info@acrobranch.co.za
Telephone: +27 86 999 0369


Stand-up-paddle (SUP) boarding

Stand-up-paddle boarding

For a more leisurely approach to outdoor adventure, why not rent a stand-up paddleboard and meander your way around the coast? Aside from balance and core strength, there isn’t much to master in order to enjoy the sport and whenever you need to cool off, you can just jump in the water!

Clifton, the V&A Waterfront, Simon’s Town, Bloubergstrand, and Langebaan are all super popular locations for stand-up paddle boarding in the Cape. To arrange your SUP adventure, contact any of the three reputable and experienced companies below….

SUP Cape Town

Where: Battery Park, Alfred Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Website: www.supcapetown.co.za
Email: supcapetown@gmail.com
Telephone: +27 71 603 8388

Stoked School of Surf

Where: 25 Strathmore Road, Camps Bay
Website: www.stokedsurfschool.com
Email: info@stokedsurfschool.com
Telephone: +2782 412 8781

Cabrinha

Where: Shop 53a, Eden On The Bay Shopping Center, Big Bay
Website: www.cabrinha.co.za
Email: lessons@cabrinha.co.za
Telephone: +27 21 554 1729 / +27 72 197 7020


Trail running

Trail running

If you prefer to tackle your hiking trails at speed, you can turn any of the Cape’s numerous hiking routes into a trail running course. The Peninsula Mountains offer a staggering diversity of trails but if you prefer a glass of wine at the end of a run, why not tackle the Cape winelands? Here are some gorgeous farms that maintain well-kept trail runs through stunningly beautiful indigenous flora and farmlands:

  • La Motte, Franschhoek
  • Zevenwacht, Kuils River
  • Lourensford, Stellenbosch
  • Kaapzicht Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Meerendal, Durbanville
  • Boschendal, Franschhoek
  • Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
  • De Grendel Wine Estate, Durbanville
  • Steenberg Wine Farm, Tokai
  • Groot Constantia, Constantia

If you’re an avid trail runner looking for advice or a community to join, check out these great groups: Cape Town Trail Runners, Trail Running in Cape Town, Trail Run SA, and Tuesday Trails.


“Scootouring”

Scootouring

Jump on a Monster Mountain® Scooter and freewheel into the city below! “Scootours” offers a selection of scooter tours that provide an adventurous (and family-friendly) way to explore the Cape’s magnificent mountains and wine farms. All tours are guided by professional qualified guides and also accompanied by a photographer who will take action photos of the tour. Scooters are non-motorised and propelled by gravity.

Scootours

Where: 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve) – they also run tours in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch
Website: www.scootours.co.za
Email: bookings@scootours.co.za
Telephone: +2782 776 0557


Kite surfing

With its broad expanses of beach, rich marine life, and sometimes tireless, yet prime wind conditions, the Cape boasts some of the country’s finest real estate for water sports…and kite surfing is no exception! Plus, the Cape is legendary for its summertime southeasterly winds, which may be a pain in the you-know-what for beachgoers but for wind surfers, it’s a guaranteed party!

Three beaches great for kite surfing
  1. Bloubergstrand: This is, without a doubt, the most popular beach for kitesurfers in Cape Town. Here, the reliable summer southeasterly wind provides for great down-winder sessions all the way from Sunset Beach to Bloubergstrand.
  2. Langebaan: The turquoise blue lagoon is a fantastic, scenic coastal area to enjoy kite surfing. Also, because it is sheltered from the main power of the open ocean, it’s a great place to learn how to kite surf!
  3. Muizenberg: With the wind pushing directly onshore, this relatively quieter beach is as popular for wind surfing as it is for wave surfing. There are a lot of quirky shops, restaurants, and coffee shops in the area so you can cap a session off with a bite to eat.

To arrange your kite surfing adventure, contact any of the three reputable and experienced companies below….

Kitekahunas

Where: Advanced Kiteboarding School, 12 Beach Boulevard, TableView
Website: www.kitekahunas.com
Email: mail@kitekahunas.com
Telephone: +2772 712 0498

High Five

Where: 68 Beach Boulevard, Table View, Bloubergstrand
Website: www.high-five.co.za
Email: info@high-five.co.za
Telephone: +2760 663 8775 / +2772 902 7899

Constantly Kiting South Africa

Where: 1 St. Croix Close, Langebaan, Western Cape
Website: www.constantlykiting.com
Email: info@constantlykiting.com
Telephone: +2773 071 3878


Stay tuned for part 3….

Next week, we’ll be dropping the third and final instalment of our three-part “After Lockdown” Adventure Series. Think: jet skiing, horse riding, 4x4 off-roading, snorkelling (with seals), and more! What better way is there to stretch your legs and feel alive again than with a little adrenalin rush?