The Mother City and its surroundings offer a wealth of opportunities to get out for a micro adventure. Here are half a dozen of our favourites:
Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or just looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there’s something for everyone. Micro-adventures are short, affordable, and accessible adventures that can be enjoyed close to home. They’re a great way to get outdoors, reconnect with nature, and create lasting memories. From the picturesque landscapes of Montagu to the adrenaline rush of coasteering in False Bay, here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Micro Adventure: Climbing in Montagu
Nestled in the heart of the Western Cape, Montagu is a rock climber’s paradise. The area is renowned for its high-quality climbing routes, and adventurous spirits flock to tackle the crags and sandstone walls. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned climber, Montagu offers a variety of routes, each providing a unique perspective of this breathtaking region. The rugged beauty of the Cogmans Kloof Pass and the tranquillity of the Montagu Hot Springs add a touch of magic to your climbing experience. Check these guys out for gear rentals and expert guiding.
If you are just getting into climbing, or inspired to get vertical, why not try City Rock in Paarden Island? It provides state-of-the-art indoor climbing facilities that are truly world-class. City Rock features walls designed for roped climbing, a spacious bouldering area, automatic belays, a dedicated section for children, a fully equipped fitness gym, a well-stocked outdoor gear emporium, as well as a studio for yoga and pilates. You can partake in a one-time Intro Course during the following time slots: Monday to Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11am to 12pm, and once again from 2 pm to 3pm. Learn more about getting into climbing, here.
2. Micro Adventure: Surfing at Eland’s Bay
Eland’s Bay, located a few hours northwest of Cape Town up the much-storied West Coast, remains a time-warp surfer’s haven. Heading out of the city on the N7 just gives you that old-school ‘surf trip’ feeling – even if just for a day. Known for its iconic left-hand pointbreaks it’s perfect for both intermediate and experienced surfers. The untouched beauty of the coastline and the rustic charm of the town make Eland’s Bay a hidden gem for surf enthusiasts. There is no place for city attitude up the West Coast so go with the chilled-flow and respect the locals and other visiting surfers. Want to know more, or go on a guided West Coast adventure, get in touch with Liam Wood at Cape Town Surfing.
3. Micro Adventure: Coasteering in False Bay with Gravity Adventures
This thrilling experience combines rock climbing, cliff jumping, and ocean swimming, making it the ultimate way to explore the rugged coastline of the Cape Peninsula. You’ll traverse rocky shores, leap into crystal-clear waters, and discover hidden caves while taking in the stunning views of the bay. You need no prior experience and all equipment is supplied for this adventure in False Bay’s intertidal zone. There are several rock jumps up to 10 metres high (tide-dependent) but none of these is compulsory. Get in touch with the highly experienced crew at Gravity Adventures.
4. Micro Adventure: Trail Running at Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek
Franschhoek, known for its vineyards and culinary delights, also offers an exhilarating micro-adventure for trail running enthusiasts. Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve boasts a network of well-marked trails that wind through lush forests and over rugged terrain. The panoramic views of the Franschhoek Valley and the surrounding mountains make every step worth it. Whether you’re a casual jogger or a seasoned trail runner, Mont Rochelle provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature and challenge your fitness levels. And, if you’re not a runner quite yet, this is a great day-trip hiking destination out of Cape Town
5. Micro Adventure: Fly Fishing for Trout in Du Toit’s Kloof with Upstream Fishing
Hollowed streams such as the Elandspad, Smallblaar and Holsloot (which are controlled by the Cape Piscatorial Society) offer some of the finest dry-fly fishing for wild rainbow trout in the country. The streams are all shallow, gin-clear, fast-flowing and often less than a handful of metres wide across. It’s technical fishing, but under the right guidance, you’re bound to have a great day out. Get in touch with the team at Upstream Flyfishing, a local outfit, that provides guided tours and expert advice on catching the beautiful ‘bows that inhabit these waters.
6. Micro Adventure: Hiking in the Kogel Bay Area
For those who crave a closer connection to nature, hiking in the Kogel Bay area is a treat for the senses. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve boasts an array of hiking trails, including the Palmiet River Trail and the Crystal Pools Hike. Each path leads you through lush fynbos, along cascading rivers, and towards hidden waterfalls. The diverse plant life and the opportunity to cool off in the clear mountain pools make Kogel Bay a hiker’s paradise. Learn more about day hikes around Cape Town, here.