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Cape Town: Atlantis Dunes Quadbike Adventure

1. Cape Town: Atlantis Dunes Quadbike Adventure

Traverse soft sand dunes on the back of a quad bike, also known as an ATV, on this outdoor adventure in the Atlantis Dunes just north of Cape Town. Take a short drive up the beautiful West Coast of Africa and you'll find the Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve. An important conservation area protecting the Atlantis Aquifer and native wildlife, the reserve is also home to some of the best spots for quad biking with dunes up to 50 meters high. Check-in at the Parks office once you arrive and meet your instructor and guide, who will assist you with obtaining your parks permit. Once the paperwork has been handled, your instructor will take you through an introduction to quad biking and a thorough safety briefing. Now that you're comfortable with the quad bike, follow your guide out into the dunes to enjoy an hour-long, adrenaline-pumping ride in the soft sands. Explore the dunes and marvel at the surrounding landscape, including views of Table Mountain as you complete your ATV adventure.

Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

2. Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

After a short explanation, you and your pilot will take off from a mountain slope under a canopy that resembles a parachute. Once inflated overhead, you will take just a few steps or a short run to take off from the gentle slope, the wind will catch the canopy and you will be airborne. In the air, complete control over direction and speed gives your pilot the freedom to soar ridges, rise on warm currents of air and cover distance. The tour providers have a proven safety record from day one, a credit to company procedures. Each season starts with brand new equipment and well-maintained throughout the year. All pilots are internationally recognized Tandem Flight Instructors. Each passenger is briefed and issued with a helmet. All pilots carry complete reserve and communication systems and weather conditions are carefully assessed before you are taken up and again on take off. You will be assisted by the crew on both take off and landing. Get ready to fulfill man's oldest dream of free flying. Now, you can experience the joy of personal, foot-launched flight in its purest form - on a paraglider. You do not need to have any experience at all to come tandem paragliding. Thousands of tandem paragliding flights have been done with children as young as 10-years-old and adults as old as 87-years-old. After a short briefing, you will merely run a few steps and the rest will be in the hands of your fully qualified pilot. Just sit back and enjoy your flight. Bookings are essential, do not leave it until your last day as the activity is dependent on the weather conditions.

Cape Town: Tandem Skydiving

3. Cape Town: Tandem Skydiving

Get your adrenaline pumping with a tandem skydive in arguably South Africa's most scenic skydiving location. Marvel at panoramic views over the Cape Peninsula and Winelands, and upgrade your experience to include hotel pickup and drop-off from Cape Town CBD for maximum convenience. Upon arrival at the local partner's skydiving center, you'll get a full safety briefing before boarding their dedicated aircraft for a 20-30 minute plane ride to altitude. Then, jump out of the plane with your tandem instructor and enjoy a thrilling freefall for 30–35 seconds. Once your instructor has deployed the parachute, float back down to the ground as they talk you through all the local viewing highlights. On solid ground, have a look through the HD video and high-quality photos produced during your skydive and, if you want, purchase them to share your memories with friends and family.

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

4. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks. Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

Cape Town: Scenic Helicopter Flight

5. Cape Town: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Receive a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles. Listen to informative commentary from your pilot as you discover some of Cape Town's most iconic landmarks from the air.

Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Experience

6. Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Experience

Meet your personal "Take-Off Manager" on arrival, and after a safety briefing you're ready for launch! Once securely clipped in, take a few light steps and within a moment you're flying! With an expert pilot behind you, relax and enjoy the stunning views. Tandem paragliding gives you an amazing sense of freedom. Once in the air most people are surprised at how relaxed they feel. You’ll sit comfortably upright like on your sofa at home, and you won’t feel like you’re sinking or falling at all. Savor the moment in the world of the eagles as you glide through the air at around 40 km/hr. In optimal weather conditions take the opportunity to fly the paraglider yourself! Your instructor will place his hands above yours to show you how to steer. It really is quite simple and utterly exhilarating. This, like the aerobatics before landing, is completely optional of course!

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Scenic Helicopter Flight

7. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Scenic Helicopter Flight

Take off from the V&A Waterfront Helipad for spectacular views of the "Mother City" and Table Mountain. Glide over the venue for the 2010 World Cup, and then travel down the coast for bird's eye views of Lion's Head, Camps Bay and the beaches of Clifton. Head for Karbonkelberg Mountain and soar over Hout Bay towards the Cape Nature Reserve. Take photos of the Cape of Good Hope and watch as the terrain changes as you approach False Bay and look for great white sharks in the ocean. Return on the other side of Table Mountain for a different view of the landscape, passing the vineyards of Constantia Valley before landing back at the helipad.

Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

8. Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circumnavigation of Robben Island. Once airborne you leave the city behind you as you soar over the Atlantic ocean and head straight for the historical Robben Island. Your pilot will confidently navigate the helicopter around the island enabling you to experience the best possible views of the prison, the village and all else that is so unique on it. En route back to the mainland you will get to view the picture perfect combination of Cape Town and Table Mountain with Lion's Head and Camps Bay in the distance. As you descend for landing you fly over the working harbour of Table Bay and get one last look at Table Mountain.

Cape Town: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

9. Cape Town: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast

You will be welcomed by a friendly staff member who will sign you in and take you through to the launch pad where you can heat up with a warm cup of coffee or tea. While the balloon is being prepared for the flight you can take some pictures and videos. Remember extra batteries for your camera. We then take off on an unforgettable adventure while we fly wherever the wind wants to take us. After an approximately one-hour flight, we will land and have a refreshing glass of sparkling wine and some juice. We end off the excursion with a delicious hot breakfast at the exotic bistro where we launched from.

Cape Town: West Coast Sand Boarding

10. Cape Town: West Coast Sand Boarding

Embark on a sandboarding experience in Cape Town with a live instructor. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of your life. Drive a short 45-minute drive from Cape Town, up the West coast, are the Atlantis dunes. An Aquifer reserve and playground for sandboarding. Here your instructor will guide you through the paces of sandboarding. All equipment is provided, and your two-hour experience will be memorable. Whizz down the sand and enjoy the ride. Make memories in Cape Town that you won't forget.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

It was truly amazing. Even thou being a person that is afraid of heights, the take off is so smooth you don’t even feel the fear of being so high up. The thrill is unexplainable just truly awesome. The view you get from the sky is also something to experience. Loved every minute of it just wished it could be a bit longer than 15mins. Something you really need to try out

Definitely one of the coolest things we have ever done! Kane was an expert in his field - he made us feel safe and gave us an awesome experience gliding down Signal Hill! A must do in Cape Town!!!

Really great experience for a first timer. Guide and instructor was very nice, helpful, patient, and made the whole experience great!

My friend had a great time as weather did not work out for me! Sorry I missed it!

Great experience, definitely going again the next time I am in Cape Town.