Activity book and Spot guide Cape Town

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CAPTIONS THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT > Marten Bjornsson, Witsands; Waterfront building; Scarborough living; Scarborough surfing action; 'Goldie the Acker Mercedes at Misty Cliffs; Coast road around Chapman's Peak; Stunning view to Hout Bay from that coast road


Head north from the very tip of the south peninsula's Cape wildlife reserve, hang a left and you'll head down to the infamous Cape Point. Huge, roaring waves crash in at the spot of choice for many a big wave man. Perfectly cross-shore and very smooth for their size, the conditions here can be at a level you won't find anywhere else. Rig up amongst the wildlife and head out to battle. Drive north back along the stunning road towards Chapman's Peak, through Witsands, Scarborough and Misty Cliffs; a string of world-class and occasionally extreme, but very atmospheric and beautiful wave riding spots. Requiring a bit more of a drive around town to get to if you're staying in Table View - as most kiters tend to - you don't get so many riders here; just the hardcore. You're also less likely to get a rescue if you need one, so be careful. But if you're up for it you'll experience some life affirming wave rides here. Top tip: head to Elands Bay on the SW'ers when there is decent swell forecast.