Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Cape Town

Abseil Africa
If you're not quite comfortable with throwing yourself off a cliff attached to a bungee, then ease yourself in by abseiling down it at a slightly slower, more controlled pace.
Angsana Spa
With its treatment menu drawing on inspiration from Asia, the Angsana Spa will have you rested, relaxed and rejuvenated in no time at all.
Armoury Boxing
Staying in shape is a priority amongst Capetonians-they have beaches and catwalks to prepare for. While there are loads of places to join the queue for the treadmill, this is easily the most authentic of gyms in Cape Town.
Atlantic Adventures
'Scream if you wanna go faster' seems to be the motto at Atlantic Adventures, which offers excursion at breakneck speeds.
Bakoven
Those seeking a stretch of sand without people sprawling across it should head here to Bakoven.
Blouberg
Blouberg is best for wind- and kite-surfing so be sure to bring a sense of adventure with you.
Boulders
If it's a good enough beach for a colony of penguins to settle on it then it's certainly good enough for us to sprawl on.
Cabrinha
Cabrinha may sound like a Brazilian cocktail, but it offers top-quality lessons and equipment in one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.
Camps Bay
As one of Cape Town's most accessible beaches you'd expect Camps Bay to be tourist hell; but it isn't and remains one of the prettiest stretches of sand in the city.
Cape Bike
Get your adrenaline pumping and see the country surrounding Cape Town on the back of a serious Harley Davidson with Cape Bike Travel...
Cape Sea Safaris
Whether you're after fine off-shore fishing or a beautiful sunset cruise, Cape Sea Safaris can provide.
Cape Sidecar Adventures
See Cape Town from the view of a sidecar; odd but undeniably cool.
Clifton
Consistently ranked among the world's top ten beaches Clifton is made up of four separate beaches; one with a prestigious Blue Flag rating.
Clovelly Country Club
Swimming and golf may be an unlikely combination, but it's all possible here; be sure to pack your trunks alongside your argyle sweater.
Coffeebeans Routes
City tours can all get a bit same-y but Coffeebeans Routes offers inventive itineraries that stray from the beaten path. Woohoo!
Cruise iQ
Cruise iQ is the most upmarket way to cruise the Cape, with slick sailing vessels that glide across the water in style.
Day Trippers
Day Trippers offers guided bike tours of the city for those who think two wheels are better than four.
Dive Action
Get in on the underwater action with Dive Action, a top dive company offering trips to some of the best locations in the Southern Peninsula. Whether you're new or experienced, they have something for everyone.
Downhill Adventures
Perfect for extreme sports beginners; whether you want a guided tour or some off-road solo cycling, organise an excursion or two with Dowhill Adventures.
Drumbeat Charters
Drumbeat Charters offers seal-watching excursions that would melt even the hardest traveller's heart.
Enmasse
The concept is genius: remove the aura of pretentiousness and irritation of forward-planning from the contemporary Western spa routine, and instead offer massage as one of life's little necessities.
Enmasse: Cape Town’s no-nonsense massage joint
Hg2 Cape Town co-author Keith Bains ditches the rigmarole of the Western spa routine, and opts Enmasse; Cape Town's luxurious but practical alternative.
Erinvale
Tee off and then enjoy a well-deserved G&T in the clubhouse afterward.
Fight Night at The Armoury Boxing Club, Cape Town
Keith Bain ventures to Cape Town's Woodstock. A neighbourhood in transition, business is now booming, and none more so than the Armoury Boxing club gym.
Fight night at the Armoury Boxing Club, Cape Town
The Armoury Boxing Club is more than a gym, it's a sensation on Cape Town's social scene. Hg2's Keith Bain goes to find our more.
Frixion Adventures
Cliff-jumping and kloofing; only the brave need apply.
Gary’s Surf School
Great for both beginner and advanced surfers, Gary's Surf School will have you riding a crest in no time.
Glasshouse Rejuvenation
As Cape Town's only sophisticated men-only spa, Glasshouse Rejuvenation for Men is where the city's most discerning chaps come to groom and get themselves looking gorgeous.
Glen Beach
Surf's up dude! Glen Beach caters to the board short-wearing shaggy haired crowd with massive swells and pristine sand.
GrandWest Casino
Place your bets ladies and gentlemen! GrandWest Casino is the only real casino in Cape Town; go on, have a flutter.
Hg2 Cape Town’s Keith Bain ventures to Muizenberg
Keith Bain explores the seaside village of Muizenberg, a stone's throw away from the capital, and discovers the charms of the restored mansion, Casa Labia.
Hoerikwaggo Trail
The Hoerikwaggo Trail isn't exactly 'roughing it in the wild', but it's still recommended for enthusiastic hikers.
Hooked on Africa
Fall hook line and sinker for deep-sea fishing with Hooked on Africa.
Hout Bay
No swimming! At least not if you want to remain unchomped by a Great White. Still this beach is home to some picture postcard scenery and a slew of good waterfront restaurants and bars.
Huey Helicopter Co.
Back in 'Nam, they flew in Huey helicopters, and now you can too with this innovative helicopter company.
Jiva Grande Spa
Jiva Grande Spa Great is famed for bringing Ayurvedic treatments to the Cape, providing a calm, traquil space within the hustle and bustle of the city.
Kaskazi Kayak
Kaskazi Kayak offers guided tours along the Seaboard with two-hour trips or longer.
La Dolce Vita Biking
La Dolce Vita Biking offers scooter rentals to those who wish to explore the city on two wheels.
Labia
Labia is home to South Africa's oldest-surviving cinema and comes complete with old world-style surroundings. Alcohol can still be bought to take in with you too, which is always nice.
Librisa Spa
Librisa Spa eases away the stresses and strains of everyday life with beautifully decked out treatment rooms, while a children's spa menu is at-hand for stressed-out kids.

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