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Cape Town is a sports lover's paradise


by SSN Staff

Cape Town is a sports lover's paradise. The area's exquisite natural terrain and a strong industry makes it the go-to place for top annual events. Cycling, mountain biking, surfing, kite surfing and running are on the sporting calendar's list of highlights. Plus a few you have not heard of.

 

Feel Like a Local… Not a Tourist
Cape Town is one of the world’s top watersports destinations. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the windsurfing, kiteboarding, surfing and stand up paddle boarding– as well as the great prices and family-friendly atmosphere.

The capetown-watersports.com website is your home base to check on local news, find great deals on gear, surfing hotspots and much more.

 

 

Sandboarding is one of the most exciting adventure sports offered in South Africa. It requires the same skills as snowboarding but is generally easier to learn and needs a lot less clothing.

The Atlantis Dunes, which are about a 40-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre, offer fine white sands for adventurers to test their balance and skills.

Downhill Adventures, +27 (0)21 422 0388, offers a full day of sandboarding here for about R700 per person.

Silversands in Betty’s Bay, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Town on the Atlantic coast, is another spectacular location for this exhilarating sport. Whether you’re experienced or not, this sport guarantees safety, fun and exhilaration. Possibly the best part about it is that it is easy to learn and available to beginners.

If you have your own equipment you can sandboard for free at the Hout Bay Dunes.

View our database of tour operators who specialise in sandboarding.

Below is a video of a sandboarding experience in Betty’s Bay, taken from the channel, Bongani2.

For centuries, mankind has looked upon climbing, hiking and scaling Table Mountain, our wonder of nature as the ultimate challenges – until the discovery of the exhilarating activity, Abseiling, that is!

These days, admiring the views of the Mother City while dangling 1000 metres above sea level, ala Tom Cruise in the feature film Mission Impossible II , is all the rage and both locals and visitors are flocking to Cape Town to experience this one-of-a-kind thrill.

Cape Town’s finest:

Ever wanted to abseil off Table Mountain? You can in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Michael

So, who to hire to help you achieve that heart-racing thrill? We recommend two of the best abseiling operators: Abseil Africa and Stellenbosch Adventure Centre.

Abseil Africa is every adventurer’s dream come to life. Slated as the world’s original highest commercial abseil, these guys have been helping people jump into the oblivion for more than 10 years and are renowned for having amazing packages that vary from the silly to the downright scary, giving you a global-worthy experience right here in the Mother City.

Don’t let the name fool you – Stellenbosch Adventure Centre not only prides itself on giving avid abseillers exactly what they ask for with a 112m drop down the face of Table Mountain but are also keen advocates of responsible tourism, ensuring that their adventurous offerings has a minimal impact on its surrounding environment.

What it costs:

Nothing beats  the thrill of dangling 1000metres above sea level. Image courtesy of Juan Carlos Serrano

The thrill of a lifetime ranges in price but is generally R 695.00 for a 45 minute session (this includes all necessary equipment, an experienced guide and a demonstration).

Get acquainted:

Abseiling is an exhilirating new activity for all adventurers to try in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Joanne

If you’d like to get the lay of the land –or mountain as the case may be – you’d do well to try these Platteklip Gorge hiking trail along Table Mountain or, for a bird’s eye view, book a paragliding session with our top tour operators.

 

A Golfer's Paradise

Cape Town and the greater Western Cape Province, with its sprawling and lush green lawns, is a golfer’s paradise.

It is here, in Africa’s sport capital that you will find some of the most majestic and scenic championship-status courses in South Africa.

Golfing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Cape Town’s golf courses are highly rated in terms of setting, layout and quality, while the Western Cape’s wide variety of unique top-rated golf courses is guaranteed to meet the needs of any golfer, irrespective of your handicap.

Gather your golf clubs and meet us at the following extraordinary courses in Cape Town and the Western Cape for some quality tee-off time, as reviewed by South African golf expert, Larry Gould.

Cape Town Golf Courses

Within driving distance of the bustling City Centre, these Mother City golfing ranges ensure you get the best out of your leisure time:

Mowbray Golf Club

Tree-lined fairways have the beautiful Mowbray Golf Club playing host to the South African Open seven times. A favourite of South African legends Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els, the Mowbray Golf Club is renowned for its true classic parkland layout.

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Royal Cape Gold Club

The grand dame of South Africa’s golf courses, the Royal Cape Golf Club in Wynberg is also the country’s oldest putting ground. South African Championship was first held here in 1910 and today the club sports well grassed fairways, smooth greens and challenging bunkers. Download Course Info

 

Steenberg Golf Estate

Nestled within the luscious Constantia Valley, boasting many glorious views of vines, pines, bush and mountain flora, the Steenberg Golf Estate with its well-manicured fairways and greens is often described as a Green Haven.

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Westlake Golf Course

In close proximity to Muizenberg, the surfers’ paradise, and under the watchful gaze of the Silvermine Mountain; Westlake Golf Club offers players an excellent social atmosphere at its modern clubhouse as well as optimum conditions for speedy games with regularly freshly cut lawns. Download Course Info

 

Atlantic Beach Golf Club

Unparalleled views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean and endless white beaches are just three of the reasons that you cannot miss a game or two at this picturesque course.

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Clovelly Country Club

Between the quaint fishing villages of Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay, lies the Clovelly Country Club. Renowned for its year-round lush appearance and excellent clubhouse facilities, the Clovelly Country Club is popular with locals and visitors alike.

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King David Golf Club

For more than 50 years, the impressive King David Gold Club on the outskirts of the Cape Town International Airport has been home to golf for generations of game lovers.

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Metropolitan Golf Course

Founded in 1895, this Mouille Point gem is one of South Africa’s oldest golf clubs and was completely revamped to accommodate the building of the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The restructured course boasts incredible views of the stadium and Table Mountain.

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Milnerton Golf Club

Its spectacular sea views, proximity to the city and lagoon-like appearance makes putting around at the Milnerton Golf Club a sensual experience. Built on sea sand, this popular course also boasts a five star lounge, perfect for sipping a well-deserved drink and admiring the view after a game.

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Rondebosch Golf Course

With its magnificent views of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain and a mere 10 minute drive away from the City Centre, this Southern Suburbs gem is extremely ladies-friendly, having  hosted two professional ladies European Tour events and the South African Ladies Amateur Open.

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Contact Cape Town Tourism if you would like a list of golf tour operators in Cape Town, or if there are any other enquiries you'd like to make.

 

HERE ARE SOME MORE THINGS TO DO:

Ten of the best adventure sports in Cape Town

Some of our favourite ways to get the adrenaline pumping

 

Feeling a bit bored with the monotony of day-to-day life? Here are ten ways to get your adrenaline pumping, from underwater shark encounters to paragliding over Lion’s Head–there’s something for everyone.

1. Dune Surfing with Sandboarding Cape Town
The good news is that you don’t have to be a particularly experienced board rider or even that fit to try dune surfing with Sandboarding Cape Town. The adventure tour operator offers the young, old, sturdy- and clumsy-footed exhilarating sandboarding excursions to the Atlantis Dunes (40km from Cape Town) or, if you’re more experienced, to the towering sand hills in Betty’s Bay (85km away). Experienced guides will help you with all the basics and safety you need to know, and before long, you’ll be cruising down the peaks like a serious pro. The best part is that Sandboarding Cape Town also makes it extremely affordable, so there’s actually no excuse to give it a miss.
Contact them: dylan@sandboardingcapetown.com

2. Shark Cage Diving with White Shark Diving Co. 
Swim with the Atlantic’s most ferocious fish just off the coast of Gansbaai, 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 an once-in-a-lifetime experience. White Shark Diving Co. also offers breaching cruises, an activity that affords visitors a rare opportunity to see these creatures jump out of the water. 
Call them: +27 (0)28 312 3287      

3. Learn to scuba dive with the Scuba Shack
If the open seas appeals to you more than the safety of a cage then the Scuba Shack is for you. An all-in open-water scuba diving course entails two days of theory lessons and practice in the pool, followed by two days in which you'll do four dives in the ocean. All equipment rental is included, all dives - boat and shore - are done on the Atlantic side (in Hout Bay), as well as on the semi-Indian side of the ocean, on Windmill Beach near Simon's Town. This is a good way to start exploring the wonders of the ocean. The Scuba Shack offers a wide variety of other diving courses from beginners to advanced. The Scuba Shack is open all week from 9am to 5pm so give them a call to arrange your underwater adventure.
Call them: +27 (0)72 603 8630

4. Go caving with the CPSS
There are over a hundred caves recorded in the Cape Peninsula which range from small overhangs to deep cracks in the mountain. The Cape Peninsula Speleological Society (CPSS) have monthly cave explorations on the first Sunday of every month that are open to the public (you need to contact them beforehand so they can arrange extra gear for you). Join them in exploring existing caves, searching for more and learning new techniques. This is an amazing way to get to explore all the nooks and crannies of the mountain in a safe way that conserves these amazing caves. You can attend the first meeting for free to see if you are interested, if you are then the annual fee is R250 per person per year with special rates for students and families.
Contact them: contact@cpss.caving.org.za  

5. Satisfy your need for speed with Fantastic Racing
Are you finding yourself revving your engine at robots and giving the guy in the car next to you ‘that’ look? Well then track racing is for you. Fantastic Racing will teach you how to drive a single seater race car and then let you loose on the 3.2km classic circuit at Killarney. Take some friends and find out who has the competitive edge on the road. There is also a 700m outdoor go-kart circuit for those who aren’t quite up to the car racing.
Call them: +27 (0)21 461 1414      

6. Throw yourself off Table Mountain with Abseil Africa
Picture this: you’re on top of the mountain, 1000m above sea level, looking out over the stunning view. Now step off the side of the cliff. That’s pretty much what this adventure entails, a 112m controlled descent overlooking one of the best views in Cape Town. You don’t need to have any prior abseiling experience; the knowledgeable staff will help you with your harness and talk you through the process.  They operate daily (weather permitting) so book beforehand to arrange a time or make your way up the cable car and meet them at the top (on the right hand side after you walk out of the cable car station).
Call them:  
+27 (0)21 424 4760 

7. Paddle through open waters with Kayak Tours
Choose between penguins and Cape Point and then set out in the two man kayaks. You don’t need prior experience so this is an amazing way to start exploring the sea around Cape Town. You’ll see an abundance of bird life, fish swimming beneath you and sometimes seals playing nearby. The Boulder’s trip is the ideal way to see this penguin colony while the Cape Point route will let you see Cape Town as the sailors did thousands of years ago. Go during whale season for a chance to see these awe-inspiring creatures.
Call them: +27 (0)82 501 8930

8. Go kloofing with Xtreme tours
Kloofing is about as Bear Grylls as it gets. The aim is to get yourself down a river gorge, this includes hiking, boulder hopping, wading, swimming, climbing, sliding down natural slides and jumping off cliffs up to 21m high. You can choose between the easier Crystal Pools or for the more adventurous there’s the ominously named Suicide Gorge. The latter is an all day adventure so you will need to be fit to handle the hours of hiking and swimming.
Call them:
+27 (0) 21 422 4198  

9. Explore the skies with Cape Town Tandem Paragliding
Take a running jump and launch yourself off Lion’s Head and into the air. Tandem paragliding allows novices to take to the air secure in the knowledge that the person they’re strapped to will help them land safely. Take in the panoramic views of Cape Town, Camps Bay and Table Mountain as you soar through the sky. This is not only an incredibly exciting, adrenaline filled trip but it will give you a view of the area that you’ve never seen before.
Call them:
+27(0)76 892 2283        

10. Harness the wind with High Five Kitesurfing
Learn to loop, boost, shred and roll under the careful watch of Cape Town’s only International Kiteboarding Organisation-certified instructors. High Five Kite, S.U.P & Surf school offers lessons for all levels of experience, from first-time learners to advanced addicts. Combining basic kite-flying techniques with the thrill of wakeboarding, this sport allows athletes to travel up to an exhilarating 60 knots per hour and to achieve gravity-defying acrobatics.
Call them: +27 (0)72 902 7899