Cape Town, thanks to its mild climate and varied landscape featuring mountains, beaches and forests, is the ideal location to enjoy outdoor activities year-round.
Visitors are truly spoiled for choice, with something for every preference and level of fitness, from whale and dolphin watching, hiking, stand up paddling and kite surfing, to ‘Scoo-touring’ down Table Mountain, ziplining, paragliding and shark cage diving.
All these outdoor adventures can be arranged by our concierge team, who have given each of our recommended activities an ‘Adrenalin Factor’ rating from 1 to 10 - 10 being for ‘extreme adrenalin junkies’ only!
Something for all comfort levels
Walking & Hiking
Apart from our mountain walks directly behind the hotel, South African National Parks offer a range of reserves and conservation areas in and around Cape Town with mapped-out walks, hikes and some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa.
Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine, Rhodes Memorial and the Constantia Greenbelt are a few examples of walks and paths available around the Peninsula.
Our concierges can recommend experienced guides who offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise on your mountain adventures.
Whale & Dolphin Watching
The Western Cape is paradise for whale watchers, with at least 37 different species of whales and dolphins in the waters off South Africa.
Guided by the luminescent Karbonkelberg Marine Reserve, frequent whale and dolphin sightings from our Leopard Bar or Azure Restaurant are part of the guest experience at The Twelve Apostles. The reserve starts in the waters found directly in front of the hotel and stretches along the coast all the way to Hout Bay.
Whale-watching tours offer an exciting way to witness the gargantuan Southern Right whales that arrive in large numbers each season between June and November, to birth and care for their new-born calves. The best place for whale-watching is along the famous Whale Route, which runs alongside Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay en route to Hermanus.
View the Mother City from a different perspective - with uninterrupted 365 degree views, a two-seat kayak is the perfect way to explore the Cape’s abundant marine life and take in the spectacular views of Cape Town.
The 3-5km paddle along the Atlantic Seaboard departs from Three Anchor Bay and takes kayakers either to Clifton Beach or Granger Bay, with stunning views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head along the way.
From Clifton you might even spot The Twelve Apostles Hotel in the distance! Rent a kayak to go it alone, or join one of numerous guided tours.
Stand up Paddling
Paddle Boarding, or ‘SUP’ing’ (Stand Up Paddling) is a big craze in Cape Town.
While it might look like a leisurely pastime, paddle boarding is no mean feat and actually provides a vigorous workout! The technique is fairly easy to master but longer sessions require a fair amount of stamina.
Introductory lessons are available on the canals of the V&A Waterfront, from where more experienced ‘SUPers’ can head out into the open water.
Boards can be rented for use on the canal or for the duration of your holiday.
Scootours® Cape Town
Scootours® Cape Town offers a truly unique Cape Town experience, free-wheeling from Table Mountain into the city below on a ‘Monster Mountain® Scooter’ – a fun, adrenaline-fuelled activity for adventurous families.
The Swiss-designed, eco-friendly scooters are non-motorised and tours are led by professional, qualified guides. Scootours® Cape Town offers three daily tour slots at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:00; the duration of the 5km track ranges from an hour-and-a-half to two hours. Anyone who can ride a bicycle can participate, with little ones doubling up with mum or dad.
Table Mountain Lower Information Centre Parking
9 min (7.4 km) without traffic, by road via Victoria Rd, M6 & M62
The steep slopes of the Cape Peninsula are home to more than 100 caves, ranging in size from overhangs to deep fissures with underground tunnels – all requiring experienced guides.
Woodstock Cave is accessible via the upper contour path running along Table Mountain, offering phenomenal views of the city of Cape Town. Elephant’s Eye Cave in the Constantiaberg is accessible from Tokai Forest or Silvermine Nature Reserve.
Peers Cave, a renowned discovery site for early man, can be accessed from Ou Kaapse Weg. The Kalk Bay Caves, Tatarus Cave and Boomslang Cave can all be found around the Kalk Bay area.
The Cape offers numerous spectacular scuba dive sites, several of which are located directly in front of our hotel. Sandy Cove is a sandy reef with a few rocks in a sheltered bay, making it perfect for beginner divers.
Strawberry Rock is located to the north of Sandy Cove and is home to around 70 Cape Fur Seals.
Justin’s Caves is a rocky reef surrounded by a beautiful kelp forest, which includes ‘caves’ to swim through. The aquatic wildlife you can expect to see varies from small shoals of fish, to nudibranch colonies and mussels.
A vast amount of sponges, sea urchins, brightly coloured sea anemones and even some soft and hard corals can also be spotted during your underwater adventure.
Cape Town and the surrounding coastline boast several world-class surf spots and offer something for every level. The warmer waters on the False Bay side, with locations such as Muizenberg and Strand, are popular with both long and short boarders.
The Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg, a 30-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, is popular with beginners thanks to gentle waves and a north-westerly wind direction which creates lean, long lines of waves. The typically icy Cape Peninsula water temperatures rise during the winter time, making the months of June, July and August ideal for a surf, albeit freezing once you leave the water - pop into the restaurants Knead or Tiger’s Milk afterwards to warm up.
The Cape Town Zipline Tour at the private Silvermist Wine Estate on Constantia Nek is one of the longest aerial cable courses in Africa.
The exhilarating 2.3km aerial cable slide is the first of its kind to be located so close to Cape Town’s CBD – a mere 20-minute drive - making it the perfect city adrenaline adventure.
Simply strap into the safety harness, take a deep breath, and soar through the air while taking in panoramic views of the Silvermist vineyards, Constantia Nek Valley and the back of the famous Twelve Apostles mountain range.
21 min (13.5 km) without traffic, by road via M62
We may not be able to fly like a bird – but paragliding offers a glimpse of what it feels like to float high up in the sky, taking in the Cape Town panorama below.
Several official paragliding sites are located in and around the Mother City, including Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Hermanus, Franschhoek Pass, Dasklip Pass (Porterville) and Noordhoek.
The take-off point on Lion’s Head is the closest to the city centre. Paragliding is weather-dependent, but with an average of 200 suitable days each year, chances are that you will be able to take flight!
The Cape Town is a kitesurf hot spot, thanks to warm weather conditions - and rather consistent wind!
There are several kitesurf locations dotted around the Peninsula, the most famous being Bloubergstrand on the West Coast of Table Bay, only 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and with awe-inspiring views of Table Mountain.
Bloubergstrand is driven by the Cape’s infamous South-Eastern winds – no wonder kitesurfing is such a popular past time here.
Dolphin Beach marks the perfect launch pad from which to throw yourself onto the water and take off into the air, managing 10 - 30 knot winds in the process. Beginners can seek help from professional instructors. The main beach, Big Bay, hosts various prestigious kite surfing contests each year.
Great White Shark Diving and Breaching Tours
Coming face to face with a great white shark on a shark cage diving tour is undoubtedly one of the most adrenaline-fuelled experiences you can encounter in the Cape.
There are only an estimated 5000 great white sharks left in our oceans.
South Africa became the first country in the world to introduce great white shark conservation in 1991, and is the only country where it is relatively easy to see great white sharks - a boat ride to ‘Shark Alley’ near Gansbaai takes less than 20 minutes. The best time for viewing these magnificent predators is between June and September.
The thrill of skydiving is second to none – and where better to experience it than the magnificent setting of the Western Cape?
First you will set off on a scenic 25-minute flight, taking in Table Mountain, the city centre, and Table Bay harbour. Further to the south you will see False Bay, Hout Bay and the South Peninsula, as far as Cape Point. To the west, you will spot Robben Island and to the north, Langebaan Lagoon.
Then it’s time to take a leap of faith with your instructor and launch yourself out the aircraft, for a once-in-a-lifetime tandem skydive!