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Super Cool Activities in Cape Town You’ve Probably Never Tried Before
Explore these lesser-known yet equally exciting to-do’s in our lovely seaside metropolis and surrounds
Last updated: 13 April 2018
Here's a simple yet essential list. A round-up of activities you’ve probably never tried before; from abseiling down one of the largest granite outcrops in the world to sampling ‘the world’s strongest coffee’ and zipping on a Segway through the Winelands, there’s truly something here for everyone to do and enjoy.
SATISFY YOUR NEED FOR SPEED
The Rundown: Go for an adrenalin-pumping, thrilling ride on a Harley Davidson. View the Cape's spectacular scenery from a different perspective as you careen and lean your way around the coastal drives. You can ride yourself, provided you have a motorbike license, on a rented bike from Cape Bike Travel. or you can opt for a chauffeured experience.
Super Cool Factor: The chauffeured option means you get your own dedicated driver who will take you anywhere you want and you get to concentrate on the view.
Cost: There are a variety of options available from Cape Bike Travel.
ENTER "THE BELLY OF THE BEAST" AT JUST LIKE PAPA
The Rundown: A super-cool retail outlet on Harrington Street, Just Like Papa is the ultimate gift shopping destination for high-quality (and often hard to find) items. The offering reflects the store's ethos of a concept born out of a love for adventure, and you're bound to feel like a kid in a candy store while browsing through their wide selection. Take your time to browse through the beautiful hand-crafted axes and knives, and outdoorsy must-haves like sophisticated flashlights and tents,
Super Cool Factor: There's no other place in Cape Town that has what Just Like Papa has got all in one place. What's more, they offer a cost-effective knife sharpening service.
Cost: Prices range from R45 for lip balm to R155 000 for the Stealth B-52 DNM Durable Razorback MT5 electronic bike.
73 Harrington Street | +27 (0)21 286 4374
WORK FROM ULTRA-DELUXE CO-WORKING SPACE, CARTEL HOUSE ON LOOP STREET
The Rundown: Described as Africa’s first “five-star office hotel”, Cartel House is a super stylish shared office space boasting all the coolest bleisure lifestyle benefits you can imagine. It’s the flagship location of Cape Town co-working champions Inner City | Ideas Cartel, and it’s literally within walking distance from anywhere worth going in the CBD.
Super Cool factor: Free flapjacks for breakfast every Friday for members, a swanky Soho interior, an in-house app to order coffees, book boardrooms or hit the gym on the second floor, as well as a rooftop bar to pop bottles while celebrating success.
Cost: You can get a day pass for R350 – or just R200 plus a free gym session during the Monday special. A co-working package (with desk, internet and boardroom access etc.) is R3000 per month, and you can bump that up to full Cartel House membership (with gym and all perks) for R4000 per month.
113 Loop Street | Cape Town | +27(0)21 824 1781
CHECK OUT THE JAMES BOND OR CHARLIE'S ANGELS EXPERIENCE OFF THE LIST AT GUN FUN
The Rundown: Learn how to shoot like a pro. Gun Fun is a shooting range below City Guns on Hout Street, where a number of different packages are available to experience various types of guns. Choose from the Femme Fatale experience, where women get to play with Glocks and assault rifles; Kids Save The World, where children shoot aliens with child-friendly laser guns, Save The Rhinos, where proceeds may be donated to a worthy cause for saving the rhino, or the 007 Wednesdays experience where you can channel your inner James Bond.
Super Cool Factor: Conducted in a controlled, safe environment, Gun Fun offers an adrenaline rush which is entirely empowering
Cost: Prices range from R650 to R1250 per experience
57 Hout Street | Cape Town City | +27(0) 21 423 0465
DISCOVER YOUR LIMITS AND THEN PUSH THEM TO THE EDGE WITH ELECTROFITNESS CAPE TOWN
The Rundown: For a workout worthy of Olympic athlete Usain Bolt and the football players of Real Madrid, strap into the wireless electro-muscle stimulation (EMS) suit for 20 minutes and receive, via radio frequency, low-to-medium pulses of electric currents, emitted to produce muscle contractions throughout your entire body, as you train.
Super Cool Factor: The innovative fitness alternative is the first of its kind in Africa. Because the flexible suit is wireless and has a 5km range you can box, run, hike up a mountain, or do the downward dog with ease and full mobility.
Cost: A single session is R250/p. You can also signup for a monthly package for R1000/p or a six-month package for R880/p per month. The package entitles clients to one 20-minute session a month (because that is really all you need).
Note: ElectroFitness offers a Monday and Thursday special and is happy to explain the system to personal trainers and gym owners who might want to integrate the system into their fitness programmes.
9th Floor Tulbagh Centre | 301 Hans Strijdom Avenue | Cape Town City | +27(0) 79 776 8527
RIDE ALONG GANSBAAI'S COASTLINE ON A FATBIKE
The Rundown: Founded by an avid mountain biker and Gansbaai resident, Fatbike Tours allows adventurers to cycle along the beaches and sand dunes in the area using distinct two-wheelers called Fatbikes. These are bicycles with unusually wide, low-pressure tyres that glide easily over soft terrain.
Super Cool Factor: All efforts are made for the tours to be as eco-friendly as possible so while the lightweight wide-tyre bikes leave very little tread, riders are asked to pedal below the low water mark where the sand is firm and compact and no tracks are formed.
Cost: Beach cycle tours cost between R500p/p and R650p/p for around three hours of fun. Note, you need to be 16 years of age or older, under 120kg and taller than 150cm.
63 Ingang Street |De Kelders | Gansbaai | +27(0)79 514 8386
GO KAYAKING WITH KASKAZI
The Rundown: Founded by ocean lovers Art and Tracy who wanted to give others a taste of the love for an activity that they made their full-time vocation. “Our first love is showing locals and tourists how beautiful Cape Town is when experienced from a sea kayak,” explains Tracy. The journey begins at their office on Beach Road, Sea Point, for a safety briefing, collection of flotation devices and splash covers. From there you’re off to the ocean for the guided kayaking trip!
Super Cool Factor: Unless you have previous kayaking experience you’ll be in a double kayak with a guide. The person in front is the ‘engine’ while the one at the back does all the steering. The best part though? There’s always a good chance of spotting dolphins, seals, sunfish, whales, penguins, seals and countless seabirds.
Cost: Each trip is approximately two hours long and costs R350 per person.
179 Beach Road (Shell garage) | Three Anchor Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 83 346 1146
ZIP THROUGH SPIER'S VINEYARDS ON A SEGWAY
The Rundown: See Spier wine farm in a completely unique and fun way by taking a Segway Tour. Whizz through the lesser known and most intimate parts of the 300-year-old farm on one of these revolutionary two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles.
Super Cool Factor: Participants can witness first-hand how the winery is making an impact with its pioneering biodynamic farming approach (a holistic, organic agricultural method that focuses on natural cycles and the connection between soil, plant and animal life).
Cost: The one-hour tour costs R250p/p and departs at 9am, 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm or 3pm daily; the two-hour option is priced at R400p/p (this includes a complimentary wine tasting) and departs at 9am, 12pm or 3pm daily. Booking is essential.
R310 | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27(0)21 809 1157
THE GALLIVANTING GOOSE
Does the mere thought of a “team building” excursion with your colleagues – we’re talking ten-pin bowling, touch rugby and random obstacle courses – make you cringe? Then you’re in for an absolute treat with The Gallivanting Goose. This app-driven scavenger hunt is played in real-time in some of the most stunning locations around Cape Town. Put your strategic, problem solving and navigation skills to the test, while having more fun than you thought possible with your workmates.
Cost: Standard games start at R450/p and include the use of a fully loaded smart device for navigation.
+27 (0)82 468 3052 | Various locations around Cape Town
EXPERIENCE THE MOST EXILHERATING ESCAPE GAME IN THE WORLD AT HINT HUNT
The Rundown: HintHunt is a thrilling live group escape game that challenges participants to find their way out of a locked room by solving difficult clues and unearthing hidden objects before 60 minutes is up. Test your problem-solving wits (not to mention your relationships with friends and loved ones) in this fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping environment.
Super Cool Factor: This one-of-a-kind game (Cape Town was the first city to import the mental activity from its headquarters in the UK in 2013) earned the status of the Mother City’s leading attraction on TripAdvisor.com in 2014.
Cost: It costs between R200p/p and R300p/p to play, and booking in advance is essential – you can reserve a slot via HintHunt’s website.
The Old Biscuit Mill | 373 – 375 Albert Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 448 9864
TASTE TURKISH COFFEE AT BYBLOS CAFE
The Rundown: Byblos is a quaint Lebanese-inspired coffee shop at The Palms in Woodstock owned by a passionate and award-winning barista, Mikhael Bou Rjeily. The whole coffee drinking experience – from the décor and furniture to the cups and ambience – transports you to the exotic world of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish coffee is also one of the oldest brewing methods in the world – a cup of coffee here is like enacting an ancient ritual.
Super Cool Factor: The Turkish coffee is served with a complimentary baklava, which is a rich, sweet pastry filled with nuts and other ingredients. It originates from the cuisine pool of the former Ottoman Empire.
Cost: Turkish coffee ranges from R40 to R80 per cup.
The Palms | 145 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27(0)21 461 2612
EXPLORE THE ABANDONED ZOO AT RHODES MEMORIAL
The Rundown: Stationed near the Rhodes Memorial at the University of Cape Town, this patch of land was a fully functional zoo from 1931 to 1975. It was established at the request of the late Cecil John Rhodes and originated out of his menagerie of animals. Exploring the spot with a group of friends is definitely something to tick off your to-do list in the Mother City as although it is no longer operational, visitors can walk through the crumbling remains of cages and other intriguing relics.
Super Cool Factor: This establishment was formally known as the Groote Schuur Zoo. It was a very popular attraction in its day and was free of charge to the public. The most prominent feature of the zoo today is the Lion’s Den, which can still be clearly seen.
Cost: FREERhodes Memorial Street | Rondebosch
TRY A NEW FORM OF WATERSKIING AT BLUE ROCK RESORT
The Rundown: Blue Rock Resort in Helderberg Rural offers adrenaline junkies a unique method of skiing that propels participants forward using an overhead cable system (with an electronic motor) rather than a boat. The cable system allows skiers to take to the water of the Western Cape’s only clear water lake in groups.
Super Cool Factor: Participants can choose three methods of riding: kneeboarding, which is ideal for all ages especially little ones; waterskiing, an intermediate form of enjoying the water; and wakeboarding, the ultimate way to make the most of the cable.
Cost: Rates range from R185 to R420p/p and exclude entrance fee to the resort, which ranges from R50 – R55 for adults, R40 – R45 for kids under age 16, and R30 to R35 for little ones under the age of six.
Blue Rock | Sir Lowry’s Pass Road | Somerset West | +27(0)21 858 1330
BOUNCE OFF THE WALLS AT RUSH TRAMPOLINE PARK
The Rundown: This thrilling trampoline park (one of the first in South Africa) allows you to jump to your heart’s content in a safe environment that’s fit for all ages. The massive facility boasts over 17,000sq.ft of interconnected wall-to-wall trampolines, two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam-dunk lanes, two long trampoline lanes perfect for doing flips, a battle beam (a ledge on which two participants battle it out using beams over the foam pit) and lots more.
Super Cool Factor: The trampoline park also has a nifty glow-in-the-dark feature, which adds a whole other dimension to the unique experience.
Cost: Prices at Rush Cape Town vary depending on the different activity offerings. A one-hour open jump session is priced at R115 (excluding socks) and R110 for a second hour. Non-slip trampoline socks are priced at R25 per pair. Online booking for slots is recommended on weekends and public holidays.
Stadium on Main | 104 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27(0)82 460 5388
TASTE WINE-INFUSED ICE CREAM AT SOMERBOSCH ESTATE
The Rundown: This wine estate pulls out all the stops by offering connoisseurs and foodies alike the chance to blend dazzling reds with the sweet delight of wine-infused ice cream. Four types of wines (pinotage, merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon) are paired with the delicious dessert and tasters are urged to try to pick up the flavours of each in the ice cream.
Super Cool Factor: The ice cream is made to complement the taste of its respective pairing. It’s also made on site, from scratch.
Cost: This one-of-a-kind experience is well priced; patrons pay R40p/p for the whole session. Booking is recommended.R44 | Somerbosch Wines | Stellenbosch | +27(0)21 855 3615
RIDE THE COOL ATLANTIC WAVES WITH HIGH FIVE KITEBOARD SCHOOL
The Rundown: Water babies looking to be more adventurous in their endeavours, but find formal surfing and kiteboarding schools a little too intimidating, need look no further. The patient and passionate instructors at High Five Kiteboard School will take you for a day on the water and teach you at a pace you’re comfortable with. This exciting training school offers a group special for first-timers. If, after a session on the water, you feel that the tides aren’t turning in your favour you can always book more lessons. “It takes anything between one and three lessons to get it right,” Owner Laurence De Rooij says.
Super Cool Factor: High Five is the only school in the Western Cape that offers tandem kitesurfing! High Five is also Cape Town’s only International Kiteboarding Organisation-certified training school.
Cost: Please contact High Five directly by calling +27 (0) 72 902 7899 or emailing [email protected].
68 Beach Boulevard | Bloubergstrand | +27(0)72 902 7899
CUDDLE AN ALPACA AT QUENTI ALPACA FARM
The Rundown: This quaint farm in Wellington invites guests to not only meet these adorable relatives of the llama South-American animals that resemble the llama but to see how everything from blankets and beanies to scarves and carpets is made from their wool. One- to two-hour long visits to the farm and mill are by appointment only (for now).
Super Cool Factor: The birthing seasons of the year, March-April and October-November, make for rather exciting times on the farm.
Cost: This unique experience is priced at R50p/p. Klein Limietrivier Farm | Wellington | +27(0)21 873 6242 | [email protected] (email recommended)
ABSEIL ON PAARL ROCK
The Rundown: While abseiling has become quite a popular sport, gliding down a well-known landmark in the Cape Winelands town of Paarl is certainly one for the books. Offered by Cascade Country Manor, the activity invites anyone and everyone (even those without the know-how) to rope their way from the top to the bottom of the area’s most famed granite formation.
Super Cool Factor: The rock is the second largest granite outcrop in the world!
Cost: Abseiling costs between R650p/p and R1200p/p, depending on the size of the group. Children must be 12 years of age or older to participate and all under-18s must have a parent present while abseiling. Reasonable fitness levels are required.
Cascade Country Manor | Waterval Road | Paarl | +27(0)21 868 0227 (the hotel is the meeting point)
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