The iconic flat-topped outcrop of Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most famous sights, with the result that large numbers of tourists strap on their walking boots to make the climb to the top every day. If you’re looking to tackle Table Mountain a bit differently though – perhaps you really want to get the adrenaline pumping, or you’re keen to try a new outdoor pursuit – there are lots of other ways you can take in the views. Here are three of the best!
If you’ve scaled to the top of Table Mountain and are looking for an equally exhilarating way to get back down, why not step backwards off the great rock and into the open space below on an abseiling rope. At the summit you’ll find the world’s highest commercial abseiling point, and it has spectacular views to match the altitude. You’ll see vistas of the bay as you move down on the rope, which guides you on a descent that is 112 metres long in all. All the safety equipment and instruction you will need is provided and you can abseil every day – all you need to do is make it to the top and prepare yourself for one of the world’s most adrenaline-filled experiences.
Table Mountain as you’ve never experienced it before, this adventure delivers thrills and spills but is accessible to people of all ages. The Double Descent tour is a scenic two-and-a-half-hour ride that takes in the best views on the front side of the mountain, including Devil’s Peak and the historic Government Gardens. Speed down off-road trails and feel the breeze of the bay on your face; then enjoy the culminating panorama of the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. You can also book a private guide to take you off the beaten track for an extra-special experience.
Conquered mountain biking and looking for a more quirky vehicle? Why not try a Monster Mountain Scooter! As part of a Scootour, you’ll race along a five-kilometre track down the side of Signal Hill in what is a enjoyably unusual way to experience the views. A sort of two-wheeled monster truck, the Monster Mountain Scooters were designed in Switzerland to tackle the ski slopes when the snow has melted away, so these are the real deal for mountain adventures! Great fun and something a bit different to the normal tourist experience, this is a fantastic alternative to hiking the mountain.