An Adventurer’s Guide to Cape Town

With rolling mountains that dive into the icy waters, Cape Town is the adventurer’s paradise. From dizzying heights to sinking depths, there is no shortage of hair-raising activities in the Mother City. Whether you’re a well-established adrenaline junkie or just dipping your toes into this exciting scene we’ve got a list of the top adventure activities in Cape Town to get you started.

Helicopter Flight

Gain a new perspective on one of the most beautiful cities in the world and book a helicopter trip through Shark Zone tours. While this activity’s adrenaline level is fairly low for extreme adventurers, it’s a great way to get a lay of the land and map out your next move.

Helicopter trip cape town



Is hurtling towards the ground at 190 km/h your idea of fun? Let your adventurous spirit fly and skydive over the Mother City. As close to flying as it comes, a terrifying tandem jump will be the highlight of your trip.

Sky diving cape town



Soar high above the city and get a bird’s eye view of Cape Town on a paragliding flight. There’s nothing quite like the weightless feeling you get when you run off the side of a mountain and the sail lifts you higher. A little less intense than skydiving, paragliding is the best way to see the Mother City from a different angle.

paragliding cape town


Shark Cage Diving

Come face to face with one of Africa’s fiercest predators – the great white shark. With nothing but a cage separating you from the jaws of these fascinating creatures, jumping into the icy water is bound to get your blood pumping. Shark Zone offers morning and afternoon shark cage diving tours to Gansbaai, which also happens to be the great white shark capital of the world, all year round.

Shark Cage Diving Cape Town


Abseil off Table Mountain

View the Mother City from a new perspective while abseiling off Table Mountain with Abseil Africa. Step off a sheer cliff located 1000 metres off the ground and lower yourself off this iconic landmark while admiring the incredible views unique to this spot. Sure to get your pulse racing, this is not only the highest abseil in the world but also a must-do activity for any Cape Town bound adrenaline junky!

Adrenaline activity - abseil off Table Mountain


Kloofing in Kamakaze Canyon

Located just outside Cape Town, the Kamakaze Canyon is the ideal spot for some cliff jumping ranging from 3 – 23 metres as the final jump as well as a 65 metre abseil through a waterfall. Including a hearty breakfast, packed lunch and a day full of adrenaline-inducing activities, this is the perfect day out.

Adrenaline adventure Cape Town - Kloofing


Jet Boat Adventures

Embark on an adventure with the fastest boat in the southern waters. Leaving from the V & A Waterfront, feel the wind whip through your hair as the boat skims across the sea towards the ever-popular Clifton and Bakoven beaches stopping only if there happens to be some seals, whales or dolphins worth watching.

Adrenaline activities - Cape Town jet boat charter


The best way to experience activities of the air is to pair them with a dip into the chilly depths of the ocean on a shark cage diving trip. Experience Cape Town’s skies and seas, and combine a Paragliding trip, Helicopter trip or Sky Diving trip with a day of Shark Cage Diving through Shark Zone today by emailing or calling 082 894 4979.  

Image Credit: Daniel Gillaspia, Paul Scott, Derek Keats, Nicole Hanusek, Scott Kaintz, Abseil Africa, Cape Town Attractions, Waterfront Charters