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Rev Up Your Adventures: Top Destinations for Car Enthusiasts in Cape Town

Are you a car enthusiast planning a trip to Cape Town, South Africa? From scenic drives along the coast to thrilling racing experiences, Cape Town offers a diverse range of attractions for those with a passion for automobiles. Whether you’re into classic cars, modern marvels, or simply love the thrill of the open road, Cape Town has something for every petrolhead. Here are some top destinations you won’t want to miss:

1. Franschhoek Motor Museum

Nestled in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, just a short drive from Cape Town, lies a paradise for car lovers – the Franschhoek Motor Museum. This world-class facility houses a remarkable collection of over 100 years of automotive history. From vintage classics to contemporary supercars, the museum showcases a diverse array of vehicles, meticulously restored to their original glory. Spend hours admiring iconic models from renowned brands like Ferrari, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce, and gain insight into the evolution of automotive design and engineering.

2. Cape Town Motor Show

If you happen to visit Cape Town during the annual Cape Town Motor Show, consider yourself lucky! This premier automotive event brings together enthusiasts, industry professionals, and exhibitors for a weekend of automotive extravaganza. Featuring the latest models, concept cars, and cutting-edge technology, the Cape Town Motor Show offers a glimpse into the future of automotive innovation. Get up close to your favorite cars, enjoy thrilling live demonstrations, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this must-attend event.

3. Chapman’s Peak Drive

For a scenic driving experience like no other, embark on a journey along Chapman’s Peak Drive. This iconic coastal road winds its way along the rugged cliffs of the Cape Peninsula, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding mountains. With its twisting turns and dramatic vistas, Chapman’s Peak Drive is a favorite among car enthusiasts and road trip aficionados alike. So, rev up your engine, roll down the windows, and soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of one of the world’s most scenic drives.

4. Killarney International Raceway

For those craving a dose of adrenaline-fueled action, head to Killarney International Raceway – Cape Town’s premier motorsport destination. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a spectator looking for thrills, Killarney has something for everyone. From high-speed circuit racing to exhilarating drag strip competitions, the raceway hosts a variety of events throughout the year. So, buckle up and prepare for an unforgettable day of speed, skill, and excitement at this legendary racing venue.

5. Classic Car Tours

Experience the charm of Cape Town’s scenic landscapes in style with a classic car tour. Embark on a journey through rolling vineyards, quaint towns, and historic landmarks aboard a vintage automobile. Whether you prefer the elegance of a classic Rolls-Royce or the nostalgia of a vintage VW Beetle, there are plenty of tour operators offering bespoke experiences tailored to your preferences. So, sit back, relax, and let the timeless beauty of Cape Town unfold before you as you cruise in classic style.

From museum marvels to scenic drives and adrenaline-pumping races, Cape Town offers a treasure trove of experiences for car enthusiasts. Whether you’re marveling at historic classics, exploring cutting-edge technology, or embracing the thrill of the open road, there’s no shortage of automotive adventures to be had in this vibrant city. So, pack your bags, fuel up your passion, and get ready to embark on the ultimate car lover’s getaway in Cape Town, where every journey is an adventure.

Paragliding Cape Town

Paragliding Signal Hill

One of the best activities a visitor or local can do in Cape Town on a calm day is to paraglide off Signal Hill or Lion’s Head. There are a ton of paragliding operators and you can constantly see their shuttle vehicles dropping off and picking up their guests and instructors. Check in with them to see who suits your timing with their availability.

Where you launch from depends on the wind direction of the day. If you launch from Lion’s Head you get to enjoy the beautiful Camps Bay below you and you will land on a safe grassy field just to the right of the beach. If the wind is more northerly, you may launch from Signal Hill which will take you over the homes of Sea Point and Fresnaye. The gorgeous Table Bay will stretch out before you filled with all the ships coming into the harbor. If you launch from Signal Hill you will land on the popular Sea Point Promenade. It is a beautiful free use space filled with walkers, runners, cyclists, skateboarders, roller bladders, artists, families and groups of people playing soccer or frisbee.

The Promenade has become a focal point in Cape Town, with lots of artistic sculptures dotting the grassy sidewalks which have sometimes caused controversy as good art can. Sometimes it was the protesters defacing the art which caused more discussion than the actual art pieces themselves, so you have to ask yourself who are the actual artists here.

When paragliding for the first time you will be taken by an instructor on a tandem paraglider. You will just be able to sit back and relax, even though you may be terrified, and enjoy the view and the feeling of flight. If you have a brave heart ask the pilot to take you on some steep turns. This will definitely get the blood pumping and the butterflies in your stomach swirling.

Paragliding companies make their money from running multiple flights while to conditions are good, so do not expect a very long flight. Good companies will give you your monies worth, although everyone will tell you that the conditions were just too light to have a longer flight.

If you are visiting Cape Town, definitely make sure you take some time to fly off one of her beautiful mountain and land next to the ocean.


Learning to Kitesurf

We live in Cape Town where it is really windy. Especially in Summer. The wind blows so much it even has a name. We call it the Cape Doctor because it cleans up the seas and the skies. Whenever it is windy you can see hundreds of people kitesurfing Cape Town. So we decided we would take some lessons to learn how to do it, stay safe and start joining the fun.

There are a lot of kitesurfing schools in Cape Town and it can be hard to choose which one to use. We took the advise of a friend who kite surfs and went with Cabrinha Kiteboarding which we were told is the best school in the city. They have been around since 1999 and use the best equipment to ensure students learning safety. This was a very important concern for us as we have heard some stories about people getting injured while trying to teach themselves.

Our lessons were going to be broken up into a few parts. The first lesson would be on the beach in Big Bay where the shop is situated. In the first lesson we met our instructor Morne and headed down to the beach. We learned all the safety tips and theory in order to keep us safe while learning and then we started to fly a small kite on the beach, so that we could learn the skills needed to fly the bigger “real” kites. The tie we flew was called a foil kite and only three metres long. Even with that small kite you could feel how much power it generated. It was lots of fun and pretty soon we were both doing loops and figure of 8s.

We really wanted to get going with our new kitesurfing career so we did a double lesson on our first day. After we had mastered the small kite we learnt how to set up the bigger kites. The kite we set up was 6m long, so double the size of the training kite. The bigger kites need to be pumped up to hold their shape and allow them to float on water. It is good to know that even though you crash the kite in the sea it won’t sink.

Once we knew how to pump it up and set up our controlling lines, we started practicing take offs and landings, as this is one of the most dangerous time while kitesurfing. We spent a lot of time here to make sure we were experts and getting off the beach and returning.

Once we were comfortable with this skill we started the same flying skills we had mastered with the small kite with the big kite. Because we had mastered the control skills before, it all came really quickly and we never felt scared or unsafe. We practiced flying the kite on the left, and then the right, and then we started dipping the kite into the power zone where you start generating pull. We got dragged down the beach a bit each time we made a turn. it was great and you could really start to feel how the kite can pull you through the water.

We ended off the lesson by learning how to rescue ourselves from the water if we crash and cannot relaunch our kite.

Next time we will be putting on our wetsuits and heading into the water for what is called body dragging. We are having so much fun so far and we have not even seen the board yet.

If you are looking to start kiteboarding I would definitely recommend Cabrinha Kiteboaridng for kitesurfing lessons in Cape Town.