Sea Kayaking around the Cape Peninsula
Sea Kayaking has always been the best way to come up close and personal with the seals, penguins, dolphins and occasional whales that roam the Cape Peninsula…
Whether in summer or winter nothing can stop the enthusiast desiring to have a close encounter with the marvellous marine life around the Cape Peninsula. While some guides only prefer the popular and warmer summer months, other guides encourage the calm and windless days that the winter months offer to go about Sea Kayaking.
Kayak Cape Town operate from Simons Town and offer superb trips in and around False Bay and of course the penguin trips are a sheer delight. They paddle every day of the year, weather permitting and also have a Kayak shop if you wish to take our kayak passions further than a day trip.
Downhill Adventures started Sea Kayaking in South Africa since 1995 and offer trips from both Simons Town and Mouille Point. Offering 1 hour, half day and sunset trips, Downhill Adventures also provide all equipment needed for the Sea Kayaking adventure such as the kayaks, paddles, life jackets, safety equipment, snacks (for the Half Day option) and an experienced guide. Prices range between R550 for Half Day and R1200 for Full Day and all that is required by the paddlers is to bring your own sunscreen, windbreaker, beach towel, bathing costume and of course a lot of energy and eagerness.
Also offering guided tours across the Cape Peninsula’s waters are the guys from Sea Kayak Trips. Their most popular trip has proven to be the Penguin Sea Kayak Trip and for years they have taken countless paddlers to see the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach. Because of their stable double kayaks, one can give this adventure a go without any previous rowing, canoeing or kayaking experience. Children 10 years and older are also welcome on these trips and during the whale season which stretches from July to October, one can be optimistic and expectant as the chance of seeing whales from the kayaks are very high. These trips cost R250 per person and last for about 2 hours.
Sea Kayak Trips also have a trip for the more advanced and experienced at R950 per person. The Cape Point Sea Kayak Trip (which is only available during the winter months) lasts for about 4 to 6 hours, starting in Simons Town and ending in the Cape Point Reserve at Buffels Bay.
There is no way to feel closer to the marine life other than feeling the same ocean they inhabit rock and beat against your own kayak. Admire the dolphins and their elegant jumping from wave to wave, laugh at the seals as you watch them play in the water and most of all, hold on for dear life, when that whale decides to swim beneath your boat while Sea Kayaking around the Cape Peninsula.