Hike Table Mountain
Table Mountain is simply breath-taking. The world famous landmark boasts an impressive 3km flat top that offers undeniably spectacular panoramic views of Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, and surrounding areas, not to mention the views of the mountain itself, its dramatic cliffs, ravines and unique rock-formations.
If you are looking to excite your sense of adventure then embarking on an exhilarating hike to Table Mountain’s summit is the activity for you.
On any average day you will hear a multitude of different languages spoken by a diverse mix of individuals, looking to immerse themselves in nature and discover what the mountain has to offer. With an estimated 25 different paths to follow, Table Mountain caters for beginners and expert hikers alike. Riaan from Hike Table Mountain tells us that it does not matter if you are inexperienced as there are “routes for all levels of fitness, experience, challenge and adventure.”
The mountain can be a somewhat daunting prospective for any first timer. With steep inclines, unstable surfaces, unpredictable wildlife, and ever-changing weather patterns, hiking Table Mountain is not for the faint hearted.
Riaan informs us that, “Table Mountain is not to be trifled with. Making use of a mountain guide takes the worry and risk out of the experience. It also allows climbers to maximize their experience of Table Mountain through hiking up a route that suits their needs and preferences; and through learning about the mountain’s fauna, flora, history and geology.”
For those with an inquisitive mind there is a multitude of different animal and plant species that inhabit the mountain. “There is not much in the way of big game, only smaller animals like lizards, birds and rock hyraxes (a beaver-like mammal). However, what the mountain lacks in fauna, it makes up in flora: the floral diversity is unmatched anywhere in the world with 3 times more plant species per square mile on Table Mountain than in the Amazon rainforest, many of them endemic to the mountain.”
To ensure the most enjoyable experience make sure that you visit Table Mountain in February, March, April, and September as these months provide the best hiking conditions.
The Bloukrans Bridge Bungy Jump
Located on the world’s highest single span arch bridge, measuring a whopping 708 feet (216 m) above the river of the same name, The Bloukrans Bridge Bungy Jump is “the highest bungy from a bridge, and cheapest per metre jump in the world”. Braden Tuohey, Face Adrenalin’s General Manager, states that the jump makes you feel, “ecstatic, bullet proof and on top of the world”.
The aptly named Face Adrenalin provides an electrifying, adrenalin pumping atmosphere for all prospective jumpers. Their expert staff have thousands of hours of safety training between them and, with no accidents ever recorded, it is safe to say they know what they are doing.
Braden explains that, “The Bloukrans Bungy jump appeals to anyone with a sense of adventure. Our minimum age requirement is 14; the oldest to jump from Bloukrans was 96.”
Those who have performed the jump argue about the scariest part. “Some would say the scariest part is walking along the steel mesh walkway before the jump. As you see the earth drop away we say “If you’re not scared, we are!” The tension and the excitement is building…”
Although you probably won’t be paying much attention to the scenery as you walk towards the jumping platform, you will be surrounded by the majesty of South Africa’s landscape. There are beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, Tsitsikamma National Park and mountain range to behold after, or if you can manage to keep your eyes open, during your jump.
Zip Slide 2000
Zip Slide 2000 has been described as “…a flying feeling, not a falling feeling”. The Zip Slide 2000, located at South Africa’s Sun City resort, is one of world’s longest, highest and fastest zip slides. Its tarts at the top of a 280m high koppie, stretches over an incredible 2kms and reaches electrifying speeds of up to 160km/h.
The zip slide is extremely safe. ‘Flyers’, as they are affectionately known, are secured by two separate harnesses and suspended below a free running trolley attached to a steel cable. With a minimum age requirement of 12 years, this attraction prides itself on being accessible to everyone, especially families.
Offering a truly unique experience, you can choose to slide either solo or in tandem, sharing your experience with a partner. If bungy jumping is not your thing, this is the perfect alternative.
Marine Dynamic Shark Tours
The Great White Shark is without a doubt one of the world’s most legendary apex predators. To visit South Africa, see, and swim with one of these animals features highly on many people’s bucket lists. Delving deep into shark invested waters is a life changing experience and a must for any adrenaline junkie.
“Gansbaai, South Africa, is a natural hotspot for the Great White Shark having the highest aggregation of sharks in the world and the perfect place to see them, as the viewing area is only twenty minutes from the harbour.”
“Some people arrive in tears that their dream is finally coming true. Those that feel fearful are changed once they have seen the Great White in its natural environment. These predators are sleek and graceful in the water and seeing one eye to eye is very special. ”Brenda from Marine Dynamic Shark Tours, one of South Africa’s top shark tour operators, tells us.
Shark diving isn’t just for those who are seeking the thrill of a lifetime but also offers an incredible opportunity to those with an appreciation for wildlife. “The incredible ecosystem of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock is an attraction all on its own. Geyser rock is home to a colony of nearly 60,000 Cape Fur seals, a favourite meal for the Great White Shark and the main reason they are here. The seals pup in November and it is around April that the sharks actively start hunting the pups. During the summer months the sharks are more in the shallows than around the Island, when they feed on fish and smaller shark species.”
The shark diving industry fulfills people’s dreams, teaches them about these iconic animals and tirelessly works towards the conservation of this endangered species. Brenda tells us, “Studies have helped in the understanding of population dynamics, predatory interactions and new insights into their life history. The population study combined with this knowledge can help drive conservation decisions with regards to this species.”
Abseiling down Table Mountain
Ever wondered how it feels to abseil down the face of a mountain? When visiting South Africa your dream can be turned into reality. Abseiling 112m off the side of Table Mountain is exhilarating to say the least.
You are always in safe hands and the best thing about this activity is that it is available to any and all thrill seekers. Matthew from Abseil Table Mountain states that: “You do not need any experience to Abseil off Table Mountain. Our guides will teach you everything you need to know when you are on top with them.”
“The experience of hanging on a rope 1000m above sea level with Camps Bay beneath you, Lions head to one side and the twelve apostles to the other is something you will never get anywhere else. It really is something to tick off your bucket list.”
Abseiling down Table Mountain is the best way to understand its true grandeur and those intangible qualities that have deemed it to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the world.
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