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Cape Town's beautiful beaches occassionally feel the effects of the chilly Atlantic ocean and steady winds, but these exact characteristics have spurred the growth of two thrilling adventure activities: snorkelling with curious Cape fur seals off picturesque Hout Bay, and international standard kite surfing with perfect conditions for big air and learners alike.

After checking into the slick but laidback POD Hotel, hotfoot it across the road straight onto Camps Bay beach to check out the shimmering Atlantic for yourself. Its sometimes icy temperatures support a thriving underwater ecosystem of huge kelp forests, which in turn feeds the layers of sea creatures that ultimately support bigger mammals like seals. Even the wind, which can sometimes sandblast an otherwise perfect beach day, has been harnessed by sports lovers so that Langebaan – about a 90-minute drive from Cape Town – is now one of the global centres of kite surfing. 

With expert guides, specialist equipment and all transfers seamlessly taken care of, you will have four days to immerse yourself in Cape Town’s ocean, swapping your bikini for a bodyheat-loving wetsuit and losing yourself to the eternal ebb and flow of the waves.

Get a firsthand taste of these experiences with our videos: 

African Adventure: Go Kite Surfing

African Adventure: Go Snorkeling with Seals

Itinerary Highlights

  • Expert guides for seal snorkelling & kite surfing
  • Convenient & comfortable hotel on Camps Bay beach
  • In-room Wi-Fi & private decks
  • Large infinity pool & sea views

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Beachside Living

Cape Town’s story is wrapped up in the tale of the two powerful ocean currents that meet at Africa's southern tip. The story winds from 17th Century sailors who nicknamed the challenging peninsula the Cape of Storms, to the busy 21st century harbour that regularly welcomes the floating palaces of international cruiseliners. Landing at Cape Town International Airport, your flight curves out over the Atlantic Ocean before landing, its hues ranging from azure to turqoise to grey, punctuated by Robben Island and populated with divers, kayakers, surfers and kiteboarders.

The POD Hotel in Camps Bay is enviably located to make the most of the Blue Flag beach opposite it. With welcome conveniences like a huge infinity pool, in-room Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations – not to mention the views from your private deck – it is the perfect place to shrug off your journey and enjoy your first splash of the Atlantic Ocean. Camps Bay beach is internationally renowned for its clear water, clean sand and legions of stand-up paddle boarders, dog walkers and sun worshippers who love it. The Strip that borders it is a vibrant street packed with upscale nightclubs, chic cocktail bars and top-notch restaurants.

Day 2

Snorkelling with seals

Take a scenic drive from Camps Bay to Hout Bay, a picturesque valley reached by a winding coastal road with views reminiscent of the Amalfi coast. Beyond the lush residential suburb, Hout Bay is still very much a working harbour where sun-bleached boats are manned by salty fishermen. 

After donning your wetsuit and having a detailed briefing from the passionate skipper and guide, you motor out of Hout Bay harbour on an 8m (26ft) rubber duck. After a short trip the boat anchors just off Duiker Island, home to the Cape fur seal colony. Your skipper imparts a few last words about safety and the wise advice to 'relax and let the seals come to you'.  

The seals love to play in the waves around their island - about 15 000 of them live here within the Karbonkelberg Marine Protected Area, which is part of the greater Table Mountain National Park. Snorkeling above an underwater rock ledge, you are soon in the company of dozens of seals barreling gracefully through the swell, leaving jet streams of bubbles in their wake. Ocassionally, one will bob upside down from the surface watching you closely or swim loop-the-loops around you, inviting you to play along. They are real show-offs, these aquatic acrobats, and seem to find humans as interesting and entertaining as we find them, which makes for truly endearing encounters with wild creatures in their natural habitat.

Get a firsthand taste of the adventure with our video: African Adventure - Go Snorkeling with Seals

Day 3

A kitesurfer’s paradise

Ramp up the adrenalin on today by heading up the Cape's wild West Coast road to the village of Langebaan, an internationally acclaimed kite surfing spot that hosts many of the sport's champions each year. The sheltered lagoon and steady onshore winds of between 10 and 35 knots make this area close to perfect for kite surfing, and Langebaan is considered one of the best places on the planet for beginners to learn this challenging sport.

Whether you feel confident getting some air and busting out your favourite free riding tricks, or want a few tips from expert instructors, kite surfing at Langebaan is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the Cape's wildest shoreline. And when the hard work of riding waves and wind is done, Langebaan offers the warm service and sincere hospitality of a typical small town coastal community.

Get a firsthand taste of the adventure with our video: African Adventure - Go Kite Surfing

Day 4

Sunset bliss

After the blood-pumping thrills of the day before, take the pace down a notch on your final day in Cape Town. Explore this cosmopolitan city with all your senses - it is famous for gourmet food, world class wines, museums and cafe culture. Tick off some of the big attractions - Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Company Gardens or the Constantia Winelands - before making a date with sunset cocktails on the Camps Bay strip.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at Pod - Cape Town on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Return airport transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Pod - Cape Town
  • Diving with the Seals activity
  • Kite-surfing activity
  • All transfers to and from activities

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"Extraordinary experiences await you on this Cape Town holiday. Get active with a Kite-surfing adventure on the West coast & a magical, once-in-a-lifetime seal-diving in Hout Bay."

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