Night Kayak Trips in Cape Town at the V A Waterfront

Winona Griggs

Sunset Kayak Tours: A Tranquil Adventure at the V&A Waterfront

Imagine paddling through the peaceful canals of the V&A Waterfront at night, in a kayak. It might just be the most calming and surprisingly captivating activity you can do after dark in Cape Town. This new adventure, located at the V&A’s Battery Park, is perfect for everyone. Even if you’re prone to seasickness, don’t worry – there are no waves or rough waters to contend with. And the best part? You won’t even realize you’re getting a little exercise as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the surroundings.

What to Expect on Your Night Kayak

When the sun starts to set and the day turns into evening, something magical happens on the water. The sunset tours are a special experience because they take place at a time when everything is quiet and peaceful. It’s just you and a few others, like the red City Sightseeing boat and some kayakers or canoe-polo players training. And if you’re really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Cape otters swimming in these waters.

But what truly makes this tour special is the tranquility you feel as you glide across the water. The gentle sound of your oar dipping into the water creates a soothing rhythm, and the sunlight slowly fading creates a peaceful atmosphere. It’s like entering a whole new world, with bridges passing overhead and tall buildings of the city towering above you. And at a certain point, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of Table Mountain.

As I glide along the canals and drift past the jetties, my gaze is fixed on the towering apartment blocks and hotels that flank the waterways. It’s a fascinating peek into a hidden side of the city that few people explore. The kayaks have been beautifully decorated with twinkling fairy lights, which add a touch of enchantment to the scene as their shimmering glow is mirrored on the water.

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The journey lasts for about an hour and takes me from One&Only Cape Town to the Westin, next to the CTICC. Along the way, I’m treated to views of the bustling harbor, with its stacks of containers reaching towards the sky. I pass by the pump station, which keeps the canals refreshed with seawater. Amidst the backdrop of the city’s noise and traffic, seagulls soar overhead and pedestrians on the walkways look on with envy, waving and wishing they could be in my place.
Here’s a handy tip: You also have the option to book a full-day tour.

Getting Ready for Night Kayaking: What You Need to Know

Before we start our thrilling adventure, I’ll give you a quick and easy briefing on paddling and safety. As we paddle along, you’ll also learn some interesting facts about the scenes we encounter. While it’s not your typical sightseeing tour, you’ll still get some fascinating insights.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room – getting wet. Yes, there’s a chance you may get splashed by the paddler in front of you, and your bum will definitely get wet. But don’t worry, the chances of capsizing or getting seriously drenched are very low. If you do feel the need to freshen up after our session, there are showers available right across from the launch jetty. After a hot day in Cape Town, being close to the water can feel chilly, so it’s a good idea to bring a towel and something warm to wear afterwards. And don’t worry about your belongings, we have lockers where you can safely store them while we’re on the water.

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Now, let’s talk logistics:

Cost: R450
Opening Times: Daily, 6pm – 8pm
Location: Battery Park, V&A Waterfront (you can easily find us by searching “Kayak Adventures Waterfront” on Google Maps)

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