Cape Town just can’t stop winning awards. Just as Cape Town’s title of World Design Capital 2014 was winding down, it was announced to be the best city in the world to travel to in the Telegraph Travel Awards…for a third time in a row.
Besides the history, culture, night life and wine Cape Town is known for, there is also enough to keep outdoor enthusiasts happy for a lifetime.
You have plenty to choose from if hiking is your outdoor pastime of choice. How many world-class cities are there in the world where you don’t even need to drive beyond the city limits to go on a serious hiking trip up the mountains? We are of course talking especially about Table Mountain Nature Reserve, but there are many more places to go hiking in Cape Town, whether you just want a scenic stroll or a gruelling adventure.
Capetonians like their cycling. There is an avid cycling community in Cape Town for both road and mountain bike. If the tarmac calls your name, here are road cycling routes perfect for every level of experience. If you prefer the great outdoors experience of mountain biking, you are equally spoiled for choice.
Sometimes a couple hours in the wild aren’t enough. Perhaps even a whole day isn’t enough to satiate your need to get away from society. Then an overnight camping trip is in order. Here are some of the favourite camping spots in Cape Town, although there are many more besides.
Cape Town provides many activities for those inclined to the heart-pounding surge of adrenalin. Rock climbing, kite surfing, paragliding, abseiling…If it makes your heart go faster you can probably do it in Cape Town – with a one-of-a-kind gorgeous nature backdrop.
Does wine tasting count as an outdoor activity? The winelands just outside of Cape Town is some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. You’ll sip on fine wine while beholding this majesty, so we’re going to include this as an outdoor activity on the list. Cape Town boasts the longest wine route in the world, and you simply hop from one wine farm to the next. The Fanschhoek wine tram provides a convenient service if no one in your party has elected to be the designated driver.