Adventure sports on a budget– the Cape Town price guide
Cape Town is the perfect city for adventure sport enthusiasts. Whether you’re a local or just visiting the Cape this Christmas, here’s our guide to adventure activities this holiday at great summer rates.
Muizenburg is a popular spot for beginner surfers to start out. The Surf Shack in Muizenburg is currently running a summer special: R240 per person for a group lesson that runs at 10:30am and 2:30pm every day. Absolute beginners can pay R270 for a 1.5 hour lesson, which includes wetsuit and board rental, as well as access to the Surf Shack’s hot showers and lockers. Call +27 21 788 9286 to book.
Sandboarding Cape Town runs various package deals during the summer holidays. Get a group of four friends together and meet the team at the dunes, you get to sandboard at a discounted rate of R300 per person. Price includes three hours of sandboarding and all equipment. Currently they are running a special for a group of eight people at R250 per person. Call Dylan on +27 84 665 1314 for more information.
For a more intensive, full day of sandboarding, call Downhill Adventures on +27 21 422 0388. They host a full day out at the dunes, starting at 10am and ending in the late afternoon. You’ll pay R750 per person, which includes transport, permits and entrance fees, lunch and all equipment.
Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding
The latest fad that’s been taking Cape Town by storm. SUP Cape Town run free paddling events every Thursday (weather dependent) from the canals at the V&A Waterfront for both amateurs and more experienced surfers. They also run SUP tours and one on one classes.
If you’d like to experiment on flat waters, rent a SUP from them on Clifton 4 any day of the week. For more information call +27 (0)82 789 0411 or +27 (0)74 148 0015, or find them on Facebook here.
Hiking and adventuring
Cape Town is the ideal destination for hiking and exploring. Try Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, Suikerbossie or Silvermine Nature Reserve for beautiful short or full-day hiking adventures.
At Suicide Gorge in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserveyou can go hiking, rock-climbing, waterfall jumping and cold water swimming.
You’ll need money for permits: R40 to enter the reserve and R120 if you’d like to do the waterfall jumps. This area is incredibly popular so weekend trips need to be booked a month in advance. Only five groups of six people are allowed to enter over the weekend. Bigger groups can enter during the week. To book, call +27 21 483 2949.
Kite surfing is an exciting activity for those windier Cape Town days. Cabrinha Kitesurfing School in Bloubergstrand offer an intensive two hour group lesson for R495 per person. The classes run from beginners through to advanced and include all necessary equipment. The school provides one certified IKO instructor to every two pupils, so you get loads of personal attention. Email email@example.com or call +27 21 554 1729 for more information.
Not for the faint-hearted! Windswept Kitesurfing School has expert guides that will take you on a Table Mountain abseiling adventure for R450 per person. The tour includes all equipment but excludes Cable Car ticket and transport. Call Phil Baker on +27 (0)82 961 3070 to book.
If you’re looking for a full-day abseiling adventure, then try Abseil Africa’s Kamikaze Kanyon Package. For R850, you get transport from Long Street Cape Town, breakfast at the Sunbird Lodge, lunch during the hike and a boerewors roll for dinner. Enjoy a 45 minute hike, abseiling, kloofing and swimming in the rock pools. Call +27 21 424 4760 to book.
Cape Town has some great mountain biking trails. Depending on your budget, you can choose to rent a mountain bike and explore your own trails or take part in a more costly package tour.
Adventure Tours in Stellenbosch rent mountain bikes and offer package tours. Rentals start at R140. Stellenbosch is an exquisite area for cycling through the winelands and Adventure Tours will be happy to recommend routes. If you’d like to book a guided tour, call them on +27 21 882 8112.
Iride Africa in Mowbray offer bike rentals from R200 to R450 for a day, depending on the model you require – but you can get a decent mountain bike, helmet, saddle and pedal for R200 per day. They also offer free drop off and pick up if you order the bike for two days or longer. Call Daniel on +27 (0) 83 4575 662 for more information.
If you have the money, try Downhill Adventure’s Table Mountain Double Descent Biking Adventure for R595. This half-day guided tour includes all equipment and takes you on some exciting offroad trails along Table Mountain.
Full day, combined packages:
Downhill Adventures run some well-priced, combined seasonal packages. One of their most popular is the sandboarding and quad biking package for R1250 per person. This runs for a full day, and includes all transport and equipment, entrance fees and permits, lunch and hotel shuttles. Call +27 21 422 0388 to find out more about their adventure sport packages this summer.
Remember: it is essential that you are properly insured before taking part in any adventure sport activity. All companies running tours, classes or rentals will require you to sign an indemnity form upon arrival, and will not be held liable for any injury. Speak to your insurance company, check your travel insurance and make sure you have your medical aid details handy.
*All prices correct at time of publication and subject to change thereafter
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