There is no doubt that Cape Town is not stingy when it comes to offering a variety of adventure experiences. The Mother City of Cape Town certainly gets your adrenalin pumping and when it comes to enjoying an outdoor excursion,Atlantic Outlook Adventures is a great option.
I had the opportunity to see this all for myself and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
I woke up on a cool, slightly overcast Sunday in December, excited to take my family on a little Cape Town adventure. We got dressed in a mix of swimming shorts, gym gear, flip flops, and windbreakers, definitely not worrying about kitting to impress. After packing in a change of clothing, trainers, snacks, water, and a peak cap, we were on our way to Granger Bay to join the Atlantic Adventure crew.
On arrival, we were greeted by Shanti and Jordan with smiles and personal attention, their little kitted garage shop already abuzz with activity and cool tunes pumping. As we waited for the rest of our fellow Kayakers to arrive, we took in the view of the harbour and dark-hued sea. My 13-year-old son and his buddy were chatting about the kayak trip, joking about how the one would be doing all the work, as only teenagers can do.
At 9h30, we were decked up in our life jackets and marched down to where the kayaks were neatly lined up. Jordon’s quick housekeeping and humorous update led us to line up to claim our kayak. A quick adjustment of the peddles and seat, passing the paddle, and we were pushed into the water, ready to start our first leg of the adventure.
A few metres into the morning trip, I made a mental note to listen to the guide next time. Jordan had said let the “controlling” person in the pair take the seat with the control direction peddles. Next time hubby gets that seat as I received quite a bit of backseat driver instructions along the way. Nevertheless, we paddled out about 2 kilometres along the coast and past the lighthouse. The boys looked like they were managing just fine. However, we kept a parental eye on them as we sailed along. Not really necessary, as Shanti was in and out between us all, making sure we were all doing okay.
The swell started off quite gentle but seemed to pick up as we neared our turning point, and after sitting for a few minutes just taking in the amazing mountain and view, we decided to turn back earlier. Unfortunately, something about sitting and bopping up and down got my son’s stomach unsettled, and he developed a bit of seasickness.
No worries, though – we pushed back to the harbour and soon were on dry land. Sadly, we only saw a few penguins (no sunfish and dolphins for us that morning) – maybe next time!
After a quick change into dry clothes (and take note, you do get quite wet out in the kayak), we headed for a welcomed bite to eat at the market just opposite and prepared ourselves for the next stage of our Cape Town adventure – the tandem bike ride!
Now, if you want to have a laugh and also feel a little out of control, take the backseat of a tandem bike. The “controller” got his way this time and took us along the promenade quite smoothly, dodging kids and electric scooters like a pro. The boys were in their element, still joking and calling out “Have a nice day” to all the passers-by. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, not cold but cool, and without the sun beating down on our heads, we felt it best to stop for a snack and ice cream.
An hour or so later, we parked our bikes back at Atlantic Adventures with tender shoulder muscles and quads.
What a great way to end the weekend, and what a great way to experience Cape Town! With more smiles and laughter, Jordon told us that they were planning to equip the tandem bike riders with a map that would add to their adventure. So we may just have to come back to try that out! Thank you, Atlantic Outlook Adventures!
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Atlantic Outlook Adventures is located at Granger Bay Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 79 891 4455 / +27 (0) 72 083 2601; email email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online at www.atlanticoutlook.com today. Follow them on Facebook HERE.