Outdoor Active Cape Town



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A four day trip that actively explores some of Cape Town's outdoor opportunities. Activities include mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, sailing, and scuba diving. By taking a little bit more time to enjoy the area slowly, you'll start to get a better sense of what the city has to offer.

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Day 1 - Cape Town


The full day will only work on a Wednesday in summer so change the order of the plan if possible!! Grab a quick pastry from Le Bonjour Patisserie, and some picnic lunch things from Spar or Checkers on Kloof St before heading up the mountain. Make sure to bring plenty of water (at least 3 liters each, more on a hot day) and check out the weather forecast. If its cloudy on the mountain, change the order of your days- the mountain can be very unforgiving and there are rescues every week- dont make yourself one. Get a proper map of the mountain from any bookshop before heading up. There are plenty of routes up the mountain, maybe select one heading up the Atlantic Seaboard side then come down the front Table. Remember to ask locals about any recent safety issues regarding the mountain. Take the time to enjoy a few trails on the mountain away from the crowds, you can easily spend days on it and not see all it has to offer. Head down in time to get to the Yacht Club in time for their Weds evening sunset sails. Put your name on the board in front or simply walk the docks looking for someone that needs a hand (even if youre not experienced you still sail). After the sail, enjoy some drinks with the locals at the Yacht Club then head to Biesmiellah for lovely service and tasty Cape Malay food, the Butter Chicken is delicious! Remember that, as a Muslim restaurant, no alcohol is allowed here. Afterwards, go for a chill night at Cafe Vespa.


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Table Mountain

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Location:

Table Mountain Rd
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 424 0015
fax: +27 21 423 0402


2

Royal Cape Yacht Club

Location:

Royal Cape Yacht Club
Duncan Road, Table Bay Harbour
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 421 1354
fax: +27 21 421 6028  


3

Biesmiellah

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Location:

2 Upper Wale St
Bo-Kaap
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 021/423-0850


4

Cafe Vespa

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Location:

108 Kloof Street
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 27 21 426 5042


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Backpack (The)

Location:

Corner of Military Road and New Church Street
Tamboerskloof
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 27 21 423 4530
fax: 27 21 423 0065


Day 2 - Cape Town


Now that enough time has passed from your flight into Cape Town, you can go diving! Contact Scuba Shack beforehand to make sure a boat is heading out or someone can take you on a shore dive. If they cant, they will know someone available. Make sure you bring your scuba certification card!! They will also let you know whether there is a better day for diving (visibility depends on what the weather is doing, Cape Town's diving is affected by the South Easter and the Northwesterly winds/weather). Remember, Cape Town water is COLD, this is not diving in the tropics. Theres great coral, cow sharks, kelp forests, wrecks. On your way to the dives, stop in at Olympia to grab some lunch goodies. After the dives, spend some time checking out the penguins at Boulders. Cruise on down to Kalk Bay, chill on the beach, walk around the town or harbour, then work your way to Brass Bell for a whole range of possibilities. Depending on what youre in the mood for, choose the more upscale upstairs dining, the bar/club outdoors area (often with live music), or the more chill open air outdoor seating area. You will have views of surfers, in fall, whales, and a good range of food to choose from.


1

Scuba Shack

Location:

Shop 3, Glencairn Shopping Centre
Glencairn
7975 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 782 7358


2

Olympia Café

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Location:

Main Road
Kalk Bay
7975 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 21 7886396
fax: +27 21 788 9864


3

Penguins at Boulders Beach

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Location:

Boulders Beach Drive,
Simon's Town
7975 Cape Town, South Africa


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Brass Bell

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Location:

Main Road
Kalk Bay
7975 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 788 5455/6
fax: +27 21 788 3430


Day 3 - Cape Town


Start your day off hiring a mountain bike from Bowman's Cycles or Downhill Adventures in town. Hire it for 2 days to cover your last day in Cape Town as well. Head on down to Cape Point, (pick an alternate route to the one you drove to Simonstown yesterday), pick up a map from the entrance to the park, and decide where you want to cycle. Taking the time out to enjoy the park a bit more slowly and quietly is definitely worth it. Its probably worth bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying it at an out of the way spot (as opposed to the restaurant at the actual point). Save some time to enjoy the drive back to town along the Atlantic Coast). Grab a snack in Noordhoek if you feel like it and make a quick trip to the beach if there's time or if you want to check out the surf. Back in town, head up Lions Head for a 360 degree view of the city, its a quicker walk than Table Mountain but really stunning. Drop back into the City Bowl for a great dinner and, if you feel up to it, the clubs of Long Street.


1

Cape Point Nature Reserve

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Location:

Main Road
7848 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 (0)21 701 8692
fax: +27 (0)21 701 8773


2

Noordhoek Farm Village

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Location:

Village Lane, Chapman's Peak Drive
Noordhoek
7175 Cape Town,

Contact:

tel: +27 21 426 5639 (Tourist Information)


3

Noordhoek Beach

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Location:

Noordhoek
7985 Cape Town, South Africa


4

Chapmans Peak Drive

Location:

Between Hout Bay and Noordhoek
7806 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 791 8222
fax: +27 21 790 9169


5

Lion's Head

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Location:

Signal Hill Road
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 487 6800(Tourist Information)


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Royale

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Location:

273 Long St
City Centre
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 422 4536


Day 4 - Cape Town


If singletrack riding is your thing, you'll be pretty happy in Tokai. Remember to pay at the entrance to the picnic area (before you get to the mountain biking area) and be sure to get the map. If you happen to ride on a Saturday, be sure to head over to the Porter Estate Market before 1 to get some tasty food. If its not a Saturday, pop into Steenberg Village and grab some picnic lunch stuff from the Woolies or Pick n Pay. Head on up to Silvermine for some sport climbing. If you didnt bring your own gear or dont have a climbing parter, call in at City Rock and see if they know of people looking for partners.


1

Tokai Mountain Biking

Location:

Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 712 7471
fax: +27 21 712 9504


2

Silvermine Nature Reserve

Location:

Ou Kaapseweg
Tokai
Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: +27 21 701 8692
fax: +27 21 788 6176


4

Drum Café

Location:

32 Glynn Street
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Contact:

tel: 27 21 462 1305
fax: +27 21 425 2604


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