Cape Town has some of the best setups for outdoor adventure of any world city. There are literally some of the best surf waves on the planet, epic whitewater, and tons of mountain ranges all at our doorstep. Here are 8 of the best outdoor adventure options in Cape Town to get you started.
Despite its misleading name, Paarl Rock is actually a giant, granite formation (more boulder than rock). It forms a bold natural backdrop to the town of Paarl (a 45-minute drive out of central Cape Town), known for its expansive winelands, historic Cape Dutch buildings and outdoor adventure opportunities. Paarl Rock is the focal point of the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, which appeals to thrill-seekers and chillers alike. You could take a 4×4 drive through the mountainous tracks, or tackle them by bike. Once you’ve got the adrenaline pumping, a perilous-looking walk up Bretagne Rocks awaits, which could be followed by a descent of the 355 (or so) stairs towards the reservoir. The smooth surface of the boulders also makes this area a popular one for abseiling and free climbing. When all the excitement becomes too much, set up a picnic under the trees and while away the afternoon.