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Outdoors & Adventure

The Western Cape is the perfect place for outdoor activities, be it swimming, walking, hiking, caving, climbing, horse-riding, sailing, sailboarding, surfing, diving, boating or fishing. South Africans are sport fanatics, and when they are not playing or watching sport, they're reading about it, arguing about it, or betting on it.

I n f o r m a t i o n :
Cape Town Tourism {+27 (0) 21 - 4264260} at the The Pinnacle, Corner Castle & Burg Streets, Cape Town. Western Cape Tourism Board {+27 (0) 21 - 4265639/47} at the The Pinnacle, Corner Castle & Burg Streets, Cape Town.

Bungy-jumping - the ultimate in outdoor adverture, including the highest bungy-jump in the world at Bloukrans.

Canoeing - White water enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Cape's rivers will oblige. Trips on the Breede, Berg, Dorings and Orange Rivers may be arranged.

Cricket has been played in Cape Town since the early days of British occupation. South Africa's cricket team is one of the best in the world and facilities at Newlands Cricket Grounds are outstanding. Visitors are urged to attend provincial and international matches. Watch the press for details or telephone Western Province Cricket Association on 021 - 6836420.

Cycling - Cape Town is home to the famous Argus Cycle Tour of the Peninsula, which takes place in March every year.

Deep sea game fishing - Some of the finest big game fishing in the world is available here - in particular longfin and yellowfin tuna and broadbilled swordfish.

Gym - Most hotels have facilities. Visitors may enquire at the Health & Racquet Club head office (021 - 7108500).

Hiking is popular among the locals, and Table Mountain can get rather crowded on a Sunday. It is not advisable to climb up the mountain without someone experienced who knows the route well. It is essential that visitors consult members of the Mountain Club of South Africa (021 - 4653412) before embarking on a trail or climb.

Horse racing in Cape Town is closely entwined with local life. There are two tracks - Kenilworth and Durbanville. Racing takes place every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon and information may be obtained from the Western Province Racing Club on 021 - 7627777.

Horse riding enthusiasts may arrange outrides with The Riding Centre (021 - 7905286) in Valley Road, Hout Bay.

Rugby is the favourite sport of South Africans and the Springbok team are national heros. Watch the press for details on local matches or telephone Western Province Rugby Football Union on 021 - 6894921.

Sailboarding (windsurfing) is another favourite, with Blouberg beach the main area. Langebaan Lagoon and Clanwilliam Dam are also popular.

Sailing - The Royal Cape Yacht Club is situated at the docks in Table Bay. The Cape-to-Rio Yacht Race starts from here every two years - the next race will be in January 2002. Rothman's Week regatta starts mid-December. Keel boats are also harboured at Simon's Town in False Bay. Multihull sailing is popular at Fish Hoek and Hout Bay. Sailing on dams, lagoons and rivers is also popular. Contact the Western Province Sailing Association (021 - 4397976) for more information.

Scuba diving is one of the largest growing sports in Cape Town and there are many areas suitable for this exciting sport.

Surfing is popular in Cape Town and some of the world's leading surfers are resident here. Spectacular surfing competitions are held during the summer months. Contact the Western Province Surfing Association (021 - 6742972) for more information.

Tennis courts are to be found at most hotels and there are many sports clubs in and around the city which will accommodate visitors. Contact the Western Province Tennis Association (021 - 6863055) for more information.

Golf
- King David Golf Club 18 holes • 5899 metres, yellow markers • Par 72 • tel: (021) 9344179 (reception / manager), (021) 9343056 (pro-shop) • e-mail: kdgc@iafrica.com • Intersection of Modderdam & Palotti Roads, Airport Industria • King David Golf Club prides itself on having one of the Cape’s premier layouts. Complete Golfer recently profiled the course and concluded - “because it is such a fine layout it should always be among the frontrunners when Cape Town’s best courses are discussed”. Designed by the late Bob Grimsdell, South Africa’s leading golf course architect, the club was officially opened in 1955. The new clubhouse with its ultra modern facilities was re-opened in 1998. Rondebosch Golf Club • 18 holes • 6123 metres • Par 72 • tel: (021) 6894176 • fax: (021) 6851447 • e-mail: rgc@mweb.co.za • Klipfontein Road, Mowbray • Table Mountain is magnificent. The ever changing mood of one of the world’s most famous landmarks forms a dramatic setting for players at Rondebosch Golf Club. Since 1911, we have welcomed all visitors to the fairest Cape. Now, as South Africa’s latest PGA venue, we promise you a memorable golfing experience.


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