Overlooked by the towering presence of the sandstone hill Table Mountain and flanked by the ocean on one side Cape Town in South Africa is the idyllic haunt for the holiday maker. It has everything you’d want to do on a time-out from your work and routine life. There’s the sea where you get some of the best facilities for different adventure activities and then there’s the land where botanical gardens, vineyards, aquarium and a breathtaking heights of Table Mountain can tire you out in a few days. There’s so much fun in this touristy destination of South Africa that you’ll probably plan a trip to come back soon when you can, next!
So start with water sports like Kitesurfing, Shark diving, or windsurfing. The various bays across Cape Town are great starting point for these. You can dive into the clear waters around Cape Peninsula and check out the underwater wildlife. There are the giant boulders to swim through and sea cave to explore in close proximity to the Cape fur-seals.
You can take out a yacht or go off on a boat trip around the area. The deep waters of the False Bay or eastern coast on the Indian ocrean and the Cape Peninsula on western coast offer wonderful opportunities for game fishing. The right months for this are between October and May and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy fishing for the yellow-fin Tuna, Dorado, reef fish, marlin and swordfish etc.
Cape Town also has some of the cleanest beaches with just the right weather for surfing so don’t forget to carry your surf board or hire one when you’re in Cape Town or Muizenburg. Another must-do adventure for all ocean-lovers is the shark cage-diving. Most of this activity is centered on the Shark Alley close to Gansbaai but there are other spots as well, closer to Cape Town. Shark diving tours take you about 5 to 6 kilometers into the ocean where a cage that can carry 5-6 people is lowered into the waters. You can get a hired scuba suit on and be part of the cage diving group. Go underwater for several minutes and let the sharks that nose close to the boat nudge, even shake your cage!
If in Cape Town a day-long trip to Robben Island is something that should be made part of the holiday itinerary. It is here that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. The island can be reached through a memorable train ride along the ocean or ferry ride straight across. Once you reach you can visit the Nelson Mandela gateway or go to the Lighthouse on Minto Hill. There are also ostriches, turtles and birds to spot on the way!
Back in Cape Town you can cycle up to Table Mountain for a breathtaking view and some good wine and food at the café. The district 6 museum, Kirstenbosch botanical garden, Vienne waterfront and boulder beach are other places to visit. Plan another day trip to Simon’s Town that offers stunning view of Cape Peninsula and provides an opportunity to see penguins, seals and whales at very close range.