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The numerous mountains offer many options to serious climbers, but anyone with an adrenaline craving can take the Abseil Africa challenge. The self-described “dope on a rope”  is one of the world’s highest commercial abseils – a 112m rappel from the top of Table Mountain with the city far below. Another route down the mountain, closer to the ground but equally hair-raising, is mountain biking along dirt tracks and private roads to neighbouring Devil’s Peak. Downhill Adventures provides a specialist biking guide for the two-wheel scramble, making the ride suitable for all levels of fitness and ability.

The paragliders who colour the skies around Lion’s Head, the most dependable local launch site, are as characteristic of Cape Town as the summer wind. To join these weekend gods and get an eagle’s view of the city, try a flight with Cape Town Tandem Paragliding’s experienced instructors. “The big plus is the amazing location – all these unique mountains like Table Mountain are plonked in the middle of the city,” said owner Manu Wegmershaus. Passengers are required to do little more than take a few steps at launch – and enjoy the views as they glide towards Camps Bay, where a cocktail on the beach awaits.

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