Due to the pandemic, many activities that young Capetonians enjoy taking part in, like music festivals, have been off-limits. Sometimes though, it’s all about looking at the glass half full.
Along with such restrictions has come the opportunity to explore Cape Town in a fresh light. One of the biggest (and only) joys that have resulted from COVID-19 is that it has forced us to get outside and explore.
“It is exciting to be a young adult living in the Western Cape due to the vast amount of fun to be had,” says local Joshua le Roux.
Joshua is just one of many young bucks who have taken on the Western Cape in a truly adventurous style. Take a look at his incredible memories made, along with a dazzling list of fun and COVID friendly adventures that await.
Here are the ten best things to do in the Western Cape for people in their 20’s, says le Roux.
1. Road trip up the Garden Route
Road Tripping in South Africa is full of fun and adventure, especially when you are travelling with your best friends (split the petrol fee to make it affordable for everyone). Cool places to visit would be Still Bay, Mossel Bay, George Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Natures Valley.
2. Play some good old golf
There are plenty of top-class golf courses in the Western Cape. A couple of rounds is great fun and it’s never too late to start. Yes, this activity is a bit on the pricey side, however, is well worth a bit of saving to enjoy every now and then.
A few courses worth visiting.
Garden Route courses
3. Paddle out to see the sea
Take a paddle with Atlantic Lookout and experience Cape Town at sea level. The experience is incredible with amazing guides and exciting encounters with dolphins.
4. Overnight hikes
Let’s start off with the difficult Kilimanjaro of the Cape. This is a monstrous feat well worth conquering in your twenties. It’s life-changing, says Josh, sporting incredible views which make you feel like you are on set for a Lord of The Rings movie.
An easier, yet equally beautiful hike would be Wolfberg Cracks or the March to the Arch.
5. Hit the quarry
Blue Rock in Somerset West is a great place to be on a Summer’s day. It’s ideal to learn how to wakeboard, wakeskate and ski. There is much to do, including rock jumping, paintball, enjoy a delicious lunch and more.
6. Free diving
This is a must-do! Even though the water is super cold, the visibility is HD quality, making for a visual feast. The Cape Kelp Forests have just been dubbed one of the seven wonders of the world, so head out to marvel at their glory for yourself.
If you are not confident in your free diving abilities, contact Cape Town Free Diving — they’ve got you covered.
Here are some good diving spots.
- Oudekraal, just past Camps Bay
- Simons Town, namely Miller Point and Windmill Beach
7. Franshoek wine tram
The Franshoek wine tram is the ultimate way to enjoy the gorgeous area, being able to visit over six different wine farms in a day, without worrying about a designated driver (except when getting home safely after — don’t drink and drive!). The experience is such a hoot, accompanied by informative guides who are full of life and knowledge.
8. Rub some dirt in it
Durbanville is the place to be when it comes to mountain biking. Whether it’s a free trial or paying a small fee to ride on some of the farms, the adventures are priceless. Many trails are managed by the Tygerberg Moutain Bike Club and if you join, you have access to all the farms in the Durbanville area.
9. Bungee your heart out
The Western Cape is home to the highest bungee jump in the World — the Bloukrans Bungi Jump. It’s located just outside Plettenberg Bay and is an adrenaline-filled experience for the brave and bold. Bragging rights permitted.
10. Hack in the waves
Cape Town has some great surf with a big community of boardies. If you are learning to surf the best place to hack around would be at Muizenberg Beach. Rent some longboards or set up a surfing lesson or two. There are plenty of other surf spots for the more advanced surfers, such as Llandudno beach.
Content: Joshua le Roux
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