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The thrill-seeker’s guide to the Mother City with car hire Cape Town

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The Mother City of Cape Town is well-known for some of its more tourist-targeting activities, which means that when you visit the city and hire out a car hire Cape Town vehicle, you may find yourself roped into a carefully curated (and often boring) vacation. But there is more than meets the eye in this ever-evolving city, including a host of exciting activities and sports for those who thrive on being active. In just a few minutes of reading, check out this brief guide of 10 enthralling activities and sports ideal for thrill-seekers.

 

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Travel to zip-lining with your car hire Cape Town vehicle

 

Many would consider this activity to be amongst the most daunting in this guide. Imagine whipping through between the trees with only a wire and a harness to guide your way. If this idea excites you and gets your blood pumping, then zip-lining when you visit the city of Cape Town is a must. Thrill-seekers who are less sporty will be happy to know that this activity requires nothing but bravery, and confronting a fear of heights if you have one.

 

If safety is a concern, you can rest easy knowing that you will be safely attached and guided by experienced professionals. Many argue that the rush of an aerial adventure is hard to beat in other activities, and for good reason. Enjoying a bird’s eye view of the stunning greenery and scenery that the Cape has to offer is an experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life. There is a zip-lining facility not far from the city, at the Silvermist Mountain Lodge, and you will be able to reach it easily in your car hire Cape Town vehicle.

 

Some other locations can be found in Ceres and Hermanus. However, if you are looking for an awe-inspiring zip-lining experience, it is hard to beat the Cape Canopy Tour zip-line, which can be found just outside the quaint town of Elgin. There you will find a riveting route set amidst the gorgeous Hottentots Holland Mountains.

 

Visiting surfing beaches with your car hire Cape Town vehicle

 

Many of us are of the believe that surfing is best left up to the professionals. When it comes to the waters of Cape Town, however, we could not be more wrong. In every popular surfing spot, you will be witness to a plethora of people from all over the world learning how to surf with one of the city’s numerous surf instructors. Upon arrival at any surfing beach, such as the calm Muizenberg beach, you will feel the strong pull of the ocean calling to you. Learning to surf in the cold Capetonian waters will be a memory you always cherish.

 

More experienced surfers flock to Cape Town from around the globe to experience the legendary waves. If this is the case for you, you may wish to know where the best surfing spots are. Drive your car hire Cape Town vehicle out to Noordhoek, Lllandudno or Kommetjie for an unforgettable surfing experience. If you are a surfing pro, take a trip to the world-renowned surfing location: Dungeons, which is as daunting as it sounds.

 

Access scuba diving locations with your car hire Cape Town vehicle

 

For those who prefer to spend their free time beneath the ocean surface, taking part in scuba diving while on your trip to Cape Town is a great idea. South Africa is known to have some of the most ideal and enchanting diving spots in the world, which is why you should not miss the opportunity to explore beneath the water when you visit Cape Town. The city’s coastline is home to a plethora of awe-inspiring diving locations, all ready to be explored – if you are up for it. There are various diving clubs and centres well-equipped to guide you.

 

However, in most cases, in order to scuba dive in Cape Town you must possess a recognised open water diving license as a minimum requirement. If you are in the region for an extended stay, consider taking part in an open water diving course in one of the most beautiful diving regions in the world. If you find yourself in the chilly Cape waters, you may be greeted with sights of vibrant coral reefs, shipwrecks as well as a diverse collection of sea creatures, such as:

 

  • Dolphins
  • Turtles
  • Whales
  • Seals
  • Sharks

 

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Now that you know about more about the nature of diving in Cape Town, here are two of some of the best scuba spots you can reach with your car hire Cape Town vehicle:

 

SS Clan Stuart Wreckage

 

On the 21st of November, 1914, the British turret steamer “SS Clan Stuart” was carrying coal near Cape Point. Needless to say, it sank, and has left behind something wonderful. The wreck we see today is a paradise for any keen diver, as the area is packed with a diverse assortment of sea creatures and plants that have made the wreckage their home. Since it is close to the shore and has a maximum depth of 8 metres, this dive is suitable for training and divers of all skill-levels. You can find this beautiful area if you drive to Simonstown in your car hire Cape Town vehicle.

 

The A-Frame

 

This dive spot provides an easy entry point for divers and spectacular views of sea life. If you decide to dive at A-Frame, you and your fellow divers will glide through the beautiful Kelp Forest and explore overhangs teeming with fish and plants. Octopus, small sharks and cuttlefish are frequently spotted in this location.

 

Rock climbing and abseiling

 

Cape Town is globally recognised as one of the world’s top bouldering, abseiling and rock climbing locations. Despite this, many tourists are deterred from taking part in these types of climbing due to fears and misconceptions. There are over 300 climbing routes in the area from which to choose, many of which cater specifically for beginner and inexperienced climbers. Regardless of your skill, there will be a route in the region that suits your capabilities perfectly. If the idea of ascending gorgeously detailed rock faces still does not persuade you, some abseiling companies are happy to lower you safely off of Table Mountain (with minimum effort on your behalf).

 

There are three main types of climbing, and while some companies offer all three, others are more specialised in nature. Before doing any research on potential climbing companies to set you on your way during your visit in Cape Town, you should have an understanding of the three main types:

 

Bouldering

 

Bouldering refers to rock climbing on smaller rocky formations, without the use of equipment like harnesses and ropes. These climbs are usually short but can be surprisingly challenging if you are not relatively fit. If you feel up to the challenge, you will need adequate climbing shoes, and will be provided with bouldering mats as well as a bag of chalk to be used for grip.

 

Traditional climbing

 

Often referred to as “trad climbing,” traditional climbing involves a group of climbers ascending a cliff with the use of gear such as cams, nuts and hexes which are securely placed into crack’s in the cliff face. In this type of climbing, there will be an experienced leader who install this equipment for the benefit of the group below them. The last person to ascend will remove the remaining equipment as the group moves up the cliff face. This type of climbing calls for in-depth knowledge of methods and gears in order to remain safe.

 

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Sports climbing

 

Arguably the most approachable form of climbing, sports climbing takes you up an incline that has pre-installed bolts in the rockface on which you will be climbing. This means that the only gear you will take up with you are your clips to attach your ropes onto the bolts. This form of climbing is much less dangerous than the former two, which is why it is an attractive option for those who are less experienced.

 

Some excellent climbing locations to travel to in your car hire Cape Town vehicle:

 

  • Table Mountain
  • Lion’s Head
  • The Cederberg (which is 2 to 3 hour drive from Cape Town)
  • Du Toit’s Kloof (found closer to Paarl)
  • Montagu (a 2 hour drive from Cape Town)

 

Shark cage diving

 

Coming in at number 4 on the list is shark cage diving. Cape Town’s waters are infamous for their great white shark population. While this may seem daunting, these sharks rarely attack humans. Those who have taken part in this chilling activity have described it as profound and surreal, and will not soon forget coming face to face with one of the ocean’s most notorious predators (behind the safety of a cage, of course). Because there is no shark cage diving facility in the water directly surrounding the city, you will need to drive your car hire Cape Town vehicle to Gansbaai where there exist a plethora of energised tour companies ready to get you in the water.

 

Sandboarding

 

One extremely fun Cape Town activity that is often overlooked, sandboarding, is a must-do for any thrill-seeker. While there is no snow nearby Cape Town that would facilitate boarding activities, the impressive region’s sand dunes provide an appealing alternative. Try testing out your balance on the 35 metre tall dunes with a local sandboarding company (just don’t forget your sun cream). The relevant dunes can be found just 40 kilometres, or 25 miles, away from Cape Town, a distance you can easily cover in your car hire Cape Town vehicle.

 

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Kiteboarding and windsurfing

 

You could complain about Cape Town’s dreaded south-easterly wind. Or, you could learn how to control it. Both kiteboarding and windsurfing will provide you with this opportunity, for a fun-filled couple of hours you will remember for the rest of your life. Many consider the areas in and around Cape Town to have some of the best weather conditions for the sport across the world. If you are already a pro, drive out to Table Bay in your car hire Cape Town for an exhilarating challenge. If you are inexperienced, do not fear, as there are many schools in the region that will catch you up to speed.

 

Skydiving

 

While paragliding usually steals the show when it comes to “air sports” in the city of Cape Town, skydiving offers just as much, and arguably more, excitement and fun. You will be happy to know that South African skydiving rates are highly affordable when compared to other rates around the world. If you are considering visiting Cape Town, what better way than to get a good look at the city than a bird’s eye view as you plummet through the air.

 

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