Cape Town has many iconic attractions such as Table Mountain, Robin Island, the Cape Point Nature Reserve and the winelands, but for the ultimate outdoor discovery choose a kayaking adventure on the Atlantic. Even though there are a number of reputed kayaking outfitters around Cape Town, I casually joined a friend who owns two kayaks for a paddle around Camps Bay. Take note: this is NOT a good idea if you’re a beginner like me.
My friend, a connoisseur of all things adventurous, presented me with two slim Discovery kayaks – used by professionals. Our adventure started on the beach. While looking at the advancing waves, I considered throwing in the towel so to speak, but my pride got the better of me. We moved past the break, into the icy Atlantic, and after falling into the water numerous times I finally managed to secure myself firmly onto the seat. Doggedly I focused my gaze forward and before I knew it, I was a good 500m away from the beach. Morning mist subsided over a foamy, dark ocean, unveiling a glimpse of Table Mountain in all its glory.
It didn’t take long for me to capsize again and it proved a hilarious and undignified feat to get back on. As the beach filled with sunbathers and seagulls, we guardedly watched the backsides of monster waves break onto Glen Beach. “Whatever you do, stay away from the rocks and the Glen Beach waves,” said my friend.
We eventually turned toward the calmer side of the bay and gently paddled our way back to shore. I was exhilarated, not only from the fresh water and breathtaking views of the mountain, but from having conquered the kayak. As I drove home that day, The Sunscreen Song started blaring from my radio. The lyrics were perfect: do something that scares you every day. I patted myself on the shoulder, scary mission accomplished.
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For a safer, guided and easier kayaking experience around Table Bay, check out www.kayak.co.za. Also in Cape Town, Kayak Cape Town offers 2-3 trips a day leaving from the waterfront in Simon’s Town. As you paddle along in your two-seat kayak, your guide will lead the way past the Naval Harbour and out towards Boulder’s Beach where you will stop for a swim, tide permitting, and see the penguins. Another popular paddling option is the monthly full-moon kayaking trip hosted between March and October when moon rise coincides with sunset. During this two-hour trip you will see the full moon rise over the bay from behind the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; +27 (0) 82 501 8930, www.kayakcapetown.co.za