Just outside Montagu (about 2 hours' drive from Cape Town), there are various places where you can go quad-biking. I went to one place, Tradouw Quads, which was billed as somewhere where families/beginners can try out quad-biking in a 2hr guided trail. But beware - the trail is actually very demanding, and goes up a mountain. It's very steep and out of our party of five, two of us came tumbling off the bikes. Thankfully we were not seriously hurt, but we want to warn others to be careful.
Tradouw Quads, near Barrydale, on R62
Climbing Lion's Head was the best thing I did in Cape Town, sitting out on the rocks in the early evening was a highlight. Not only is the view fantastic but you also get the satisfaction of knowing you climbed all the way to the top to see it. Seeing the city laid out beneath you and Robben Island in the bay, puts life into perspective especially in a city as thought provoking as Cape Town.
Chapman's Peak Drive has only recently opened after being closed for a number of years for safety repairs. The drive takes you along the coast where you'll enjoy the most breathtaking scenery in Africa. The best way to approach it is from the South as it's much easier to stop at the viewing points. This drive should definitely be in your top ten list of things to do in Cape Town.
Kalk Bay Harbour - reminiscent of a Cornish fishing harbour. Arrive about lunchtime to watch the fishing boats come in with their catch of the day. It's fun watching the catch being landed and then auctioned off. The seals come right up to the harbour edge to pick up the scraps thrown overboard.
An absolutely incredible experience. Now available world wide as a corporate team-building exercise, the original club in Cape Town is a must see. On a Wednesday the Drum Circle allows you to learn African drumming with fellow novices and real experts alike. You hire your drum for the night and then different teachers take you through different rhythms, increasing in complexity as the night goes on. By the end you'll be convinced that you're Keith Moon or Animal as you take part in this glorious racket. Back in 1998 my friend and I tried to convince some of the drummers to set one up in London - however we were very drunk and it looks like they decided to do it on their own
Glynn Street, but moving soon apparently: www.thedrumcafe.com/
There are various walks up and back down from the Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch (the gardens are worth a visit on their own). The routes up from here have the advantage of being in shade. Walking up Table Mountain is a tick most tourists want. But be warned it is steep, and, in summer, hot. Any walk up the mountain requires reasonable fitness.
Always, keep to signposted paths, take plenty of water (about two litres per person), food, wear appropriate footwear, and a hat. Don't leave your base without sunscreen and a jumper as it can be cool on the top, especially if the Table has a cloth on (a roll of cloud that perches on top of the mountain and gives the appearance of a table cloth). Also, take money for the cable car if you can't face the walk down. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what route you intend to take.
Buses run regularly to Kirstenbosch from Adderley Street. If driving take M5
It's the next mountain along the peninsula from Table Mountain - ignore the tourist trail and head up there for a more spectacular view. You get to look at Table Mountain and its famous tablecloth cloud rather than climbing it!
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