When we think of the Cape we picture Table Mountain in its splendor. Or we see rows and rows of immaculate vineyards and fields. But what we don’t see when flying in and out of the Mother City are those little back roads, filled with so much adventure and excitement that you would only experience when embarking on a road trip. So what else does the fair Cape have to offer? Here are some out-of-the-ordinary exploits for you when next visiting the area.

Gaming

Not the conventional gaming we associate with malls, we are talking gaming of a different kind.

Just 300km from Cape Town in the Cederberg area, is a gem of a nature reserve. Kagga Kamma offers unique options to its guests.

Untouched Karoo-like wilderness will greet you here, along with extremely rare flowers. (Interesting fact: The Cape Floral Kingdom has 7 000 plant species found nowhere else in the world). Sleep under the stars in the illustrious outcrop open-air room, a luxury suite that allows you to sleep under the star-lit skies. Or maybe you would rather opt for a cave? These suites are built into the sandstone rock formations and beautiful rock art can be seen from these caves.


Your game drive will take place on a 15 000 ha reserve where you could spot antelope, ostrich, lynx, jackal and you might just be lucky enough to spot the extremely rare Cape mountain leopard. Along with an abundance of bird and reptile life, your guided tour will leave you knowing so much more about the fauna, flora and exquisite rock formations.

Add to the list; spa treatment facilities, guided 4×4 quad bike safaris, hiking trails and star gazing – making it the perfect place for a pit stop on your road trip. It would be really worth it to make it a longer stop when planning your trip; you might not want to leave.

Visit www.kaggakamma.co.za for more information.

Tobogganing

Yes, you read it right. The only track in Africa exists only 25km outside the city center on Carl Cronje Drive. And you thought you couldn’t go sledding in South Africa?

Cool Runnings was born in July 2007. Stainless steel tracks house the sleds. Each one can fit one or two people and once you are seated, a hook grabs it from underneath and draws you up the steep slope to the top of the hill. Once the sled gets released, you go whizzing down the curving track at whatever speed suits you. Adrenaline junkies can go up to 40km/h!

Ticket prices range from R40 a ride for under 14s, R45 for 15yrs plus. R400 gets you 20 rides and a day pass will cost you R220.

It is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 18:00, Saturdays, Sundays, public and school holidays from 09:00 to 18:00. It will be closed if it is raining.

For more information visit their Facebook page Cool Runnings Cape Town or

www.coolrunnings.capetown  You will find a map of how to get there on their site.

For more information about this incredible experience check out www.capetown.travel


Comic relief

I’m not trying to be a comedian – we are talking about a haven for all comic book lovers. If you prefer being in the hub of the city, and you have a passion for Batman, or even Archie, you need to visit Readers Den Comic Shop.

If you are a collector, not only will you find rare and interesting comic books, you can shop for action figures, games, posters, prints and many other rare collectibles.

If you contact them beforehand you could find out about exciting events happening such as ‘free comic book day’.

The store is situated in the Stadium on Main center in Claremont.
Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm.

Visit the website: www.readersden.co.za for more information.

After dark

Just before you think that because the sun has gone down there won’t be much more excitement? Why not climb Lion’s Head by moonlight? When planning your trip, make sure to do it when there is a full moon. An experience like no other and picnicking under the stars on a beautiful evening with friends couldn’t be more appealing.

So you start your ascent before sunset. The climb will take about an hour and when you get to the top you get to marvel at the magnificent views below. Once you have eaten your picnic meal the idea is to watch the sunset and embark on your descent by the full moon light.

This one is even for those who don’t embark on a road trip – be sure not to miss this incredible adventure – pack those walking shoes!

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