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Posted on: Monday, 18 March 2013

Cape Town for Adrenaline Junkies

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Shark Cage Diving

Shark Cage Diving

Whilst Cape Town is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, there are some sides to it that not everyone wants to see. It can be a perfect romantic getaway destination and great for families to relax, but it also holds quite an allure for those wanting to get their heart rates up and their adrenaline pumping. For those who love living on the edge, here’s the Cape Town you want to see…

Shark Cage Diving

Just two hours away from Cape Town in Gansbaai is where the boat will take you out to Shark alley. You’ll get a wetsuit, booties, weight belt and a facemask and get lowered into the water to view Great White Sharks up close and personal.  Take an underwater camera to capture all the action, but don’t be surprised if you get scared out of your mind at the sight of this creature, its jagged teeth and sheer size. If you chicken out of getting into the cage, you can still view these predators from the safety of the boat.

Cape Town Skydiving

Cape Town Skydiving

Tandem Skydiving

If you are crazy enough to jump out of a plane with no ropes, then at least you can feel safer knowing you are attached to a qualified jumpmaster who has done this ample times. Once your safety gear is checked and double-checked, the countdown will end meaning you will have to jump out of the aircraft which has reached about 9000 feet. Savour the view of the Cape whilst going up in the aircraft, as you might not see anything or hear anything besides the beating of your manic heart on the way down. If this does not make you feel more alive, then I’m not sure anything will.

Tandem paragliding

This has got to be one of the best ways to see Cape Town and not as terrifying as the first two activities. You’ll take off from Signal Hill and glide above SeaPoint, the Atlantic seaboard whilst taking in our majestic mountains and ocean. The world will carry on with their business while you watch it all go by from the air.

Cape Town Quad Biking

Cape Town Quad Biking

Sand boarding

I figured that because I can surf, I could automatically sand board. This was not true and I was mortified when faced with a steep sand dune and a slippery board which I was strapped to. Luckily for you, you can have professional instructor teach you and then try for yourself. Hopefully you’ll let go a bit more than I did. I refused to leap off the dune face from all the way at the top and opted to go down but barely at all crouching so low my bottom nearly touched the sand. Next time, I will be pro.

Quad biking

Riding a quad bike is way more exciting for me than driving a scooter or anything on two-wheels. Perhaps because I feel more secure whilst going at high speeds. There are quite a few trails just outside of Cape Town, but one is in the Elgin Valley just an hour and 15 minutes drive from the Cape Town. You can go on a guided tour through the fynbos and vegetation and really just enjoy your surroundings whilst veering along the sandy paths. It’s a great way to explore the landscape on other than your feet.

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Lauren Manuel McShane


Six continents later, Lauren Manuel McShane still has itchy feet and wanderlust for adventure in all corners of the earth. She recently married the love of her life and together they are traveling the world pausing only to find work, take photos and write. She is currently in Asia and sharing everything about her expat life on The Travel Manuel.

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