Cape Town Adrenaline Overload

Cape Town is the most exciting and Xtreme city in Africa. Home to the worlds highest abseil – Table Mountain, the best place in the world to go shark cage diving and a mighty fine drop zone over the cape of good hope, it sure gives New Zealand Queenstown a run for its money. 5 nights 100% Adrenaline.


Cape Town is the most exciting and Xtreme city in Africa. Home to the worlds highest abseil – Table Mountain, the best place in the world to go shark cage diving and a mighty fine drop zone over the cape of good hope, it sure gives New Zealand Queenstown a run for its money. 5 nights 100% Adrenaline. The perfect start or finish to any South Africa gap year adventure.

Cape Town Adrenaline Overload

South Africans are a great bunch but they’re also slightly nuts. Of course we encourage this being Xtreme Gap Year, we know doing these kinds of things while you travel can really make your trip amazing. This is the ultimate African adrenaline fix, 3 Flavours depending on how much of an adrenaline junky you are!

  • Hard (Scary)

  • Double Hard (Very Scary)

  • Xtreme Gapper Mentalist (Wear Brown Trousers)

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The hard version does not include a sky dive or shark cage dive – but does include the world’s highest abseil off Table Mountain. There is also an awesome day out Sand-boarding down the dunes and a surf lesson, so you can learn to surf with Table Mountain as a back drop. How awesome is that!  There is plenty to see and do and on the days off as there are loads of optional activities (arranged locally), like seeing Cape point, wine tours, big five safaris, walking tours or just chilling on the beach.

The Double Hard Version is like the hard version, but you can add on either a Shark Cage Dive or a Skydive, so for all you adrenaline seekers, this is one not to be missed.

The mentalist, well, you do it all!

What is included with each package?

We have designed this programme to suit all levels of bravery and budget:

Hard

Abseiling Table Mountain, Sand-boarding, Surfing & Checking out Cape Town

  • Day 1: Airport pick up, introduction by our lovely staff and dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Abseil Table Mountain, dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Sand-boarding and surfing combo, dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, explore Cape Town (No dinner as you might want to eat out in town!)
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Free day for a cape peninsular tour or Robben Island, dinner.
  • Day 6: Breakfast

Double Hard

Abseiling Table Mountain, Sand-boarding, Surfing, Cape Town and either a Shark Cage Dive or A Sky Dive

  • Day 1: Airport pick up and introduction by our lovely staff, dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Abseil Table Mountain (yes, its stunning!!!), dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Sand-boarding and surfing combo, dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Shark cage dive or Sky Dive
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Free day for a cape peninsular tour or Robben Island, dinner.
  • Day 6: Breakfast

Mentalist

Abseiling Table Mountain, Sand-boarding, Surfing, Cape Town and a Shark Cage Dive and a Sky Dive!

  • Day 1: Airport pick up and introduction by our lovely staff, dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Abseil Table Mountain, dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Sand-boarding and surfing combo, dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Shark cage dive
  • Day 5: Breakfast, sky dive, dinner
  • Day 6: breakfast

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Itinerary example

The itinerary depends on wich pack you go for (hard. Double Hard or Mentalist) and is flexible due to some of the activities being weather dependent. However, this is a rough idea as to what you can expect.

  • Day 1: Airport transfer dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Abseil Table Mountain, dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Sandboarding and surfing combo, dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, explore Cape Town at your own leisure or Shark Cage Dive
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Skydive or Capetown wine tour, dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast

Accommodation

You will be right at home during your stay, at a legendary 4* backpackers in Table View, with the best views of Cape Town and Table Mountain. A beautiful beach and great nightlife just on your doorstep, and super easy access to anywhere in the city. Our base is located right next to the top kitesurfing location in Cape Town, so if you want to add more adrenaline why not add on a kite surfing course as well?

Facilities

We have all the facilities any traveller would need from an internet cafe to a jacuzzi to relax those travelling muscles. Whether you want a lazy day or a busy one, it´s all here. Lounge area, tv room, busy bar and walking distance to one of the best beaches! With views to table mountain, amazing!

Internet facilities

Fast and reliable ADSL internet is permanently available in our Cafe. Contact home and catch up on your blog. The cost is R8 for half an hour.

Jacuzzi

This 9 women, 1 man jacuzzi is ideal to relax those muscles after an adventurous day. It is heated at night on request and reaches temperatures of up to 40 °C.

Communal kitchen

Complimentary tea and coffee are always available in the fully equipped kitchen.

Lounge & TV room

A flat-screen TV with satellite access and a video machine – what more do you need for those stay-in days?

Bonfire area

Sit around the large bonfire area, swop travel tales and cook your food the traditional South African way: on the braai.

Zen Garden

Grab a book and relax under the palm trees next to the pond.

Laundry

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Although the starting date is set, we can also be flexible. So it is hard to say how many people will start on the exact same day. But hey you like adventure, so it will be easy for you to meet other travellers. For one you will be picked up at the airport, you will sleep in a room with other solo travellers, and there is a communal kitchen, a great lounge area, and there are camp fires where all travellers meet. Other than that, your days will be so filled with cool activities during which you will meet lots of other people… Trust us before you know it you will be laughing, chatting and partying with the other travellers you meet on your gap year adventure in Cape Town.

Then you will be refunded in South Africa. Please, not this is only due to weather cancellations, if you chicken out there are no refunds.

Not much at all in South Africa, as general expenses are cheap! £10 gets you a great steak and bottle of wine, and that is in a really nice restaurant.The expensive activities like shark cage diving and Skydiving are included in the price of this trip, making it a lot easier on your budgeting.

No, there is no Scuba gear required, mask and snorkel only.

Duration Option Price  
6 (Days)Mentalist Option DormGBP 809Book Now
6 (Days)Mentalist Option Private RoomGBP 915Book Now
6 (Days)Hard Option DormGBP 490Book Now
6 (Days)Hard Option Private RoomGBP 559Book Now
6 (Days)Double Hard Option DormGBP 665Book Now
6 (Days)Double Hard Option Private RoomGBP 749Book Now

Included

  • Airport pick-up
  •  4 dinner
  •  5 breakfast
  •  5 nights accommodation
  •  Abseil Table Mountain
  •  Sandboarding and surfing combo
  •  Walking tour Cape Town
  •  Cape point or Wine Tour
  • Airport pick up
  • 4 dinner
  • 5 breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Abseil Table Mountain
  • Sand-boarding and surfing combo
  • Shark cage dive or sky dive
  • Walking tour of Cape town
  • Airport pick up
  • 4 dinner
  • 5 breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Abseil Table Mountain
  • Sand-boarding and surfing combo
  • Shark cage dive
  • Sky dive

 

Excluded

  • Some Meals
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Airport drop off

Dates

Flexible start dates. Bolt on to any trip starting in South Africa. Group start dates are 1st Sunday of the Month.

Great White Shark Conservation Project

Great White Shark Conservation Project
This programme offers the unique opportunity for volunteers to engage in the important research and conservation of great white sharks in Cape Town, South Africa. If you are adventurous and love the outdoor lifestyle then this is the perfect programme for you to have the most incredible once in a lifetime experience, as you get up close and personal with these infamous creatures!

No other conservation project provides a shot of adrenaline like this one. Great White shark conservation is as important as it is exciting! Get hands on with a Great White shark conservation project in Gansbaai South Africa! The world top location to see great white sharks.

 Great White Shark & Xtreme Marine Conservation

The Great White shark conservation project takes place in Gansbaai, the worlds number one Shark Diving destination.

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The work you do can help the world’s top apex predator.

Great White SharkConservation (27)As a volunteer you will be part of the shark team and assist in documenting shark activity by using aerial surveys of the island. You will be given a unique opportunity to view this magnificent animal in its natural environment by going out 5 days a week, either by boat or even more excitingly in  an underwater cage. You will be part of a team of Great White shark experts and other volunteers. The experts will provide you with all the knowledge you need, at the end of the programme you know all about the Great White through informative lectures and research.

Your lectures while on the programme consist of:

  •       Basic Shark biology
  •       Research and conservation
  •       Shark behaviour
  •       Conservation
  •       Changing attitudes
  •       Shark Attacks
  •       Basic seamanship (including anchoring positions, wind directions, currents)
  •       Cage diving procedures (procedures in the cage with and without regulator)
  •       Underwater filming
  •       Still photography
  •       Shark tourism

You will then have the chance to put this into good use, assisting in the conservation and research of the Great White. If the weather permits you will undertake frequent trips out to sea. Whilst at sea, the team will get you as involved as possible with all aspects of sea work, focusing on working with the sharks from below and above the water.

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Itinerary

Great white shark projectThis programme does not have a set itinerary. Please request trip notes for more information on the day to day aspects of the project. Preferred start dates are the 1st and 15th of the Month with arrival and pick up in Cape Town. Every day is better than the previous one! You get to learn a lot about sharks by having some lectures and by being free to ask any questions to the crew. The days are never tiring or boring as you get to work in shifts on the boat. On days off there are plenty of activities to do. You can go for example to Cape Aghulus, where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. Can you imagine being on the most southern tip of Africa? Of a whole continent?! The view is quite spectacular! What do you do on the boat? On the boat you   help tourists   to get ready to go in the cage: like giving wet suits, giving them a mask and weights, making sure everything is ok. You get the chance to go in the cage as well! You will be chumming (chopping up fish to feed the Great Whites so they come closer): You get to have a shower at the end of the day so it is not important how much you smell or are dirty! Everyone enjoys chumming because it´s the place where you can see the sharks well, since they are attracted by the smell. The accommodation is really nice! They are very cozy with a lounge area and a big kitchen! The fact that there is a kitchen is nice because we can decide whether to cook or go out for dinner.

Hands on conservation for the Great White Shark

Shark conservation South AfricaThis is your chance to become actively involved in the conservation of the Great White shark on your gap year. The Great White shark is arguably one of the worlds greatest predators, and at the same time under threat from ill educated and unethical activities conducted by mankind. Sport fisheries, which seek their jaws as trophies, and being accidentally caught in commercial fisheries are only two of the sharks enemies, but the deliberate killing of sharks by Asian fishermen which prize their fins for a bland tasting soup sees over 200 million sharks killed per year (across all shark species).

Help stop the decline of the oceans top predator

The Great White shark conservation is more important now than ever, with severe declines being documented in Northwest Atlantic, Australia, and Northeast South Africa. This fantastic opportunity gives you the chance to actually physically contribute to Great White shark conservation in South Africa, one of the worlds leading hot spots for Great White shark activity.

During the programme

Great white sharkOn this conservation programme you will join a world leading organization dedicated on protecting the Great White shark, operating in Great White shark conservation since 1989. You’ll receive training in Great White shark biology, behaviour, conservation, research, changing attitudes, shark attacks, basic seamanship (includes anchoring positions, wind directions), underwater filming, still photography and shark tourism. Weather permitting you will go to sea frequently. At sea, you’ll get involved as much as possible with all aspects of sea work. This will be focused on working with the sharks from above and below the water. Much emphasis will be placed on observing behaviour and the interactions of sharks around the boat. You will be taught how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure and safe in the cage.

Get in the Cage

In the cages you will record observations of the Great White sharks. This will include sex, size, markings and behavior. This training is designed to educate you to a level of competence of a field assistant. During the training, you will be evaluated on how you handle teamwork, take your own initiatives, take interest in the work and activities, show interest in learning.

Locating the Sharks

Finding the Great White shark is a skill, involving years of practice – the water temperature, depth, visibility, swell height, current and wind direction are all major factors.

Holy Shit! See them breaching

Great White sharks are surface feeders, you will be amazed when seeing the Great White lifting its head right out of the water to take the bait, and sometimes breach completely. In Shark Alley, close to Gansbaai, you will likely also see seals, penguins and the occasional dolphins frolicking near the islands, as well as magnificent Southern Right whales coming up from Antarctica to breed from May to November. These expeditions are more than just thrill-seeking adventures, they are educational experiences.

Find out more about this project on our blog

Accommodation

Accommodation at the volunteer house in Gansbaai. Gansbaai is a seaside village, which depends on fishing and tourism for its survival. It is situated approximately two hours south east of Cape Town. The shark team document a lot of shark activity using aerial surveys of the island. On one of the main research sites, Dyer Island, many other wildlife species can be viewed from the boat. It is the breeding ground for Jackass Penguins, Cape Cormorants and Gannets, whilst Geyser Rock opposite, is a breeding Mecca for Cape Fur Seals and currently home to approximately 20,000 seals. In season Whales and an occasional Dolphin can be spotted. This is a perfect habitat for the Great White.

Free Time

On the days when you´re not at sea, you can go on excursions in the local area and take part in activities such as wine tasting, penguin spotting, a visit to the most southern point of Africa and so on. Gansbaai is a lovely village and has several nice pubs and restaurants that you can visit, but there is no nightlife. The project volunteer coordinator will help you arrange some trips (at your personal expense), like these ones below:

Go Whale Watching! 

See whales that are bigger than the boat you are watching them from! Huge and mysterious, whales are a fantastic sight  the best time for spotting is between April and November.

Exploring the valley on horseback!  

Follow the rambling trails of the Walker Bay Whale Conservancy. These rides take you into the private nature reserve that runs along the Klein River and into the Kleinriviersberg Mountains. Available for all abilities.

Quad biking! 

Bike the trails around the Robert Stanford Wine Estate, through the vines and bush in a rather intrepid manner. For excitement just about equal to a shark encounter!

Explore.

Cape Town is ideally placed for the Orange River and Fish River Canyon \” fantastic places to explore. Being in South Africa also places you well for tours throughout Africa. Go up to Namibia, visit Victoria Falls or go on an epic trip through eight nations finishing up in Nairobi  you´ll experience lots of wonders enroute. We have a number of different tours to choose from, just drop us a line to find out more about them to experience Africa in an adventurous but safe way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but in a cage, only Mike Rutzen would be nuts enough to actually swim with these things.
A little, at first, but you will be surprised at how quickly you get to admire these huge predators. Much like falling in love with a goldfish. With big teeth.
Yes you will be there with other volunteers and you will be working side by side with our experienced crew, so you are part of the team.
The best time to volunteer will be in Winter (June to August) as the sharks are more active.
 

 

Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)GBP 729Book Now
3 (Week)GBP 1349Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1619Book Now

Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Orientation programme on arrival.
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast at the volunteer house and lunch on the boat
  • Cap
  • White Shark Field Book

Excluded

  • All flights
  • Activities on days off
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Dinners
  • Lunch on days off

Dates

This trip starts on the 1st and 15th of the month with pick up from Cape Town.

You should arrange your flights into Cape Town the day before so the last day of the month or the 14th of the month. Many people book an extra few days in Cape Town. We can help you arrange this.