If you have been following my travels for a while now, you’d not be at all surprised that when I found out that the World’s Highest Abseil just happened to be in Cape Town, I was already halfway through signing up. Table Mountain is the most iconic feature of gorgeous Cape Town, perhaps even all of South Africa. From wherever you are within the city, chances are that you will be able to look up and see Table Mountain, or perhaps one of the nearby peaks that flank it. Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak sit alongside Table Mountain, and make for some of the most breathtaking views within all of the Mother City.
Abseil Africa operate from the summit of the mountain and specialise in “throwing” people off the mountain. I’d never abseiled before, so starting with the World’s Highest commercial abseil seemed like a great place to start.
It was an absolutely stunning day, the sun was shining and I didn’t feel nervous at all. Just eager to get started!
The first things to do were harness up and try to strap my GoPro to my hand with nothing but a few hair ties.
Then it was time to go! As it turns out, I took to abseiling like a duck to water, and it wasn’t long before I was jumping off the side, doing twirls and just generally being as reckless as possible!
The American girl abseiling at the same time as me was pretty nervous though, and almost cried when the Abseil Africa staff joked about seeing things missing from her equipment (meant all in good fun) but she eventually started her descent. I was calling out words of encouragement the entire time and eventually she found her feet.
I was so disappointed when I had finished my descent! I wanted to go back up and do it all over again! It went so quickly and was so much fun. Given another crack at it I definitely would have tried to pull some stunts. When I return to Cape Town this will be the first thing I do again.
Hostel: Green Elephant Backpackers
Camera: GoPro Hero
Budget: R150 ($15) per night for an eight bed dorm
Remember: Sunscreen, plenty of water and hiking shoes
Table Mountain Abseil: The standard abseil is R750 ($75) per descent with Abseil Africa
Get There: Catch the number 110 MyCiti Bus to the base of Table Mountain, then either hike up or take the Cableway R225 ($23) for a return trip
In other exciting news, this little blog of mine hit 3000 subscribers today! I am absolutely amazed that my hobby has grown and thrived so much. Thank you to each and every one of you, my wonderful readers, for joining me as I backpack around the world. I cannot wait to share many more adventures with you!