For the adventure seekers, a little excitement and thrill is always on the cards when planning their activities on their vacation.

If your  vacation is in South Africa, then shark cage diving might be on your list of holiday activities.

Shark cage diving with great white sharks is becoming a growing trend in Cape Town. Tourists and locals simply enjoy getting close to the hunters of the sea.

If you’re thinking about going shark cage diving, there are a few safety tips you’ll need to know before making the big dive.


Shark Cage Diving Safety Tips

  1. For first time divers the entry into the cage can be a bit overwhelming but it must be done carefully to avoid injury.
  2. The safest entry technique is to make a controlled seated entry using both your hands to guide yourself into the cage.
  3. Be aware of your equipment and hands at all times as it could get crushed between the cage and the boat.
  4. Hold onto the cage with at least one hand at all times.
  5. Never extend your body out of the cage!
  6. Consider fellow divers in the cage with you and try to avoid collisions with them by remaining calm.

Shark cage diving is a tricky activity to plan as it remains dependent on the water and weather conditions of the day. Always be prepared as sometimes weather conditions become unsafe while out at sea and dives can often be cancelled at a moment’s notice.

The South African winter season from June to August is the best time to witness the breaching process but the rough sea conditions play an integral role in a successful dive. Breaching is a hunting technique of the great white shark. You can see them propel out of the ocean in pursuit of their prey. You’ll get to see one of the world’s most feared sea creature up close.



Part of the Table Mountain National Park that extends from Signal Hill in the north all the way to Cape Point in the south, the Cape of Good Hope is not the southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the south-west corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.

Cape Agulhas, roughly 150 kilometres southeast of here, holds this title instead. The Cape of Good Hope, however, remains a significant headland in the sense that from here one travels more eastward than southward, and it is not hard to imagine that rounding of the cape in 1488 was a major achievement.

This said, the Cape of Good Hope is one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park, the other is Table Mountain. These two familiar attractions are what draws thousands of visitors to Cape Town, not a new attribute to the Cape of Good Hope that functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by sea farers.

Table Mountain National Park boasts global recognition for its rich, varied and utterly unique fauna and flora. This is the only place on the planet where, essentially within the metropolitan area of Cape Town, one finds such a heady mix of rich bio-diversity and incredible beauty.

Most visitors to Cape Town regard a trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (the tip of the Cape peninsula) as obligatory. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.

There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches.

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We look forward to welcoming our Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon visitors to Simon’s Town.

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Participants can choose from various distances – the scenic 56km Ultra Marathon or popular 21km Half Marathon. There are also a number of Old Mutual Two Ocean Fun Runs to choose from.

The event attracts close to 26 000 participants across all the distances and provides them with a mixture of breath-taking scenery, a gruelling test of fitness for both the elite and recreational runner, and unrivalled race organisation and atmosphere.


The 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon once again smashed all records and expectation when the event reached its 11 000 entry limit in just 2 days. It is wonderful to see that ultra distance running continues to enjoy the support and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and that the marathon remains on the bucket list of runners across the globe.

Reaching capacity so quickly is a testament to the strong brand we have built in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon over the years, and witnessing this incredible demand for the entries a year before the 50th anniversary is incredibly exciting. The good news is that the prospective Ultra Marathon participants still have 2 chances to enter.

For the first time, a limited number of charity entries have been made available and will be sold on the 4 December 2017. These charity partners are currently being finalised, and more information will be published on the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon website in the next few weeks.

In addition, substitution entries open on 9 January 2018 and close on the 28 February. This entry process provides runners who can no longer participate, the opportunity to withdraw and hand over their entry to another runner with the entry system.

All OMTOM Ultra Marathon entrants are required to update their online profiles with their online profiles with their 2018 Running Clu license numbers and qualifier details to their online profiles by 5 pm on 28 February 2018. Runners who fail to meet this deadline will forfeit their entry. This year we will also add an additional Club Verification measure. Running Clubs will have the opportunity to verify the 2018 license details of their members between 1 and 6 March, and any runner who does not have a valid, paid-up 2018 Running Club membership will forfeit their entry


Every year, financial constraints prevent many talented athletes from disadvantaged communities from participating in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Runners Village gives underprivileged athletes the opportunity to experience the magic without the stress of worrying about where to sleep the night before the marathon. Athletes from across South Africa will be accommodated, and the Runners’ Village, situated at the Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Tokai, will host the athletes.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will remain on the traditional route via Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek (unless deemed unsafe by authorities in which case the Ou Kaapse Weg route (prior to 2004) will be used). The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is run under the rules of IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).

Race Day: Easter Saturday, 31 March 2018

  • Start Venue: Main Road in Newlands.
  • Quarter way mark (14 km): In Lakeside, just past the Sandvlei turnoff.
  • Halfway mark (28 km): On Noordhoek Road before Chapman’s Peak
  • Marathon mark (42.2 km): Near the cemetery on Constantia Nek.






With its breathtaking mountain ranges and rolling hills, Cape Town and its surrounds is a mountain biker’s heaven. Near countless trails dot the landscape from Table Mountain to Stellenbosch, Paarl and beyond offering stunning routes for riders of all skill levels – no wonder the area plays host the world-famous Cape Epic mountain bike stage race every year.

Here’s a look at some of the great mountain biking trails in Cape Town and its surrounds:

Table Mountain

Situated on the edge of the city bowl, this network of trails run along the lower slopes of Table Mountain, connecting with the Tafelberg Contour Road (that runs past the cable way station). These trails are accessible from either Deer Park in Vredehoek, or Tafelberg Road off Kloofnek road.

Contermanskloof Farm

Just outside the city, on the outskirts of Durbanville lies the Contermanskloof farm. Local trail-building legend Meurant Botha designed the single track on the farm, and includes a variety of fun switch-backs and banked and graded single-tracks.


Cape Town’s most famous neighbour, Stellenbosch, is a little Mecca for mountain bikers, and includes a myriad of trails, the arguably most prominent of which is Jonkershoek. Situated in a commercial forest, the trails change all the time due to regular harvesting, keeping things interesting no matter how many times you visit. Jonkershoek has something for every fat tyre enthusiast.

Mountain biking Cape Town

Tokai Forest

Tokai Forest in the city’s southern suburbs is one of the most well-known mountain biking spots in the region, offering something for all ages and skill levels from lush forest to barren jeep track, including the excruciating climb up to the radio mast. Sadly, due to the devastating fires of 2015 many trails are closed for rehabilitation and will only open towards the end of 2016.


Just outside Stellenbosch is the Delvera wine estate. This is where you will find trail-building guru Meurant Botha, and with him at the helm, the estate offers a complete mountain biking experience with trails that suit all levels. There’s also a shop where you can get some last-minute riding supplies, or even rent a mountain bike.


Situated in Paarl, just down the road from Stellenbosch, Rhebokskloof is another great riding spot for all levels of skill and fitness. It features long stretches of flowing single-track and if you’re willing to sweat it all the way to the top of the hill, panoramic views of the Paarl valley awaits you.


Speaking of views, the Helderberg Trails just outside Somerset West has some of the most magnificent views of any trail in South Africa. Looking out over False Bay and the Table Mountain, there’s something for everyone at Helderberg, situated on the Helderplaas farm, even the most hardcore riders will feel at home, as it’s also a favourite spot for downhill competitions.


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