The Best Watersports in Cape Town

Summertime is pure bliss in the Mother City, with warm clear days and late sunsets. At this time, you can enjoy lapping up the sunshine while lazing on pristine beaches or sipping cocktails as the sun eventually sinks into the sea.

By far the best way to enjoy the city’s oceans is by immersing yourself in them, here’s how to make the most of watersports in Cape Town.

Sea Kayaking

Sail off over the horizon in the lovely waters off Sea Point on this two-hour guided kayaking spree from Three Anchor Bay towards the V&A Waterfront and back again.

Another option is to start in Simon’s Town and venture close to the penguins swimming offshore at Boulders Bay.

You don’t need any expert kayaking skills to take part and the activity is open to children over six years old as long as they double up with an adult.

SUP at the V&A

Stand up paddling is still one of the most popular ways to spend time on the water in Cape Town. The V&A version involves traversing the lovely canals in the area and includes a full briefing on how to navigate this three-kilometre adventure.  

This fun outing starts at Battery Park and children from nine years old can join in.

Swimming at Silvermine

There’s no shortage of rivers, dams and rock pools around the Mother city, but Silvermine Reserve is one of the most popular.

It’s the perfect place for summer submersion in the cool depths surrounded by peaceful natural scenes. Even the family dog can join in and there’s a 1km boardwalk around the dam that’s accessible to wheelchairs and prams.

Silvermine is a top destination for the whole family to enjoy a day of swimming, picnicking, and relaxing in lovely surroundings.

Try Something New – Coasteering

Coasteering is the wetter version of kloofing and takes place in the lovely hamlet of Simons Town. Participants arrive in their wetsuits and make their way along a predetermined coastal course to maximise the fun available along the way.

This guided adventure includes a wetsuit, helmet, booties, and a lifejacket as well as the services of an experienced guide.

There’s lots of swimming, snorkelling, and scrambling among the oceanside rocks along the way and you can also try your hand at cliff-jumping if you want to. You can pre-book these exhilarating outings with Gravity Adventures.

Beat the Summer Rush

Summer is the busiest time of the year in this part of the world, so if you’d like to experience these exciting watersports in Cape Town, it’s best to book early.

Get in touch and we’ll help you find the perfect place to spend your summer holiday in Cape Town.

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