Para-gliding off Signal Hill Para-gliding off Signal Hill

Cape Town, for the adventurous

Micro-adventure is the new buzz term for millennial travellers, says Marie-Louise Kellet, of Cape Town-based Gravity Adventures.

Speaking at an Indaba seminar, showcasing award winning tourism operators, Kellet described how the company has deliberately developed shorter, fun adventure activities to appeal to younger travellers, as well as families.

‘We offer new micro adventures such as ‘coasteering’, at Simons Town, 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town. It’s canyoning on the coast; snorkelling, swimming through kelp, jumping off rocks, it’s like behaving like a child for two hours!

Breede River rafting, an easy, grade one and two option for families, and sea kayaking in West Coast National Park, were other options just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, she added.

While Gravity Adventures also offers trips further afield, for example the company’s flagship product the multi-day Orange River ‘desert rafting’ expedition, other Cape Town operators are also attracting the ‘micro-adventurer’. Swimming/snorkelling with hundreds of seals has been voted the city’s top-rated activity. Paddle boarding in scenic Hout Bay, para-gliding off Signal Hill and, for perhaps the more daring, white shark diving are all hugely popular.

If it’s a simple hike your clients are seeking, tell them about Lions Head, where the locals go. It’s a staunch, steep climb, with some ladders and fixed chains to negotiate, and stunning 360 degree views of the city, Table Mountain and Robben Island the rewards. Allow 2-3 hours.

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