To stay fit is one thing, but can it be fun too? We have put together a list of some fun, sporty and maybe even a little bit unusual activities to do in Cape Town.

Stand Up Paddling

This style of surfing originated in Hawaii where you stand upright and use a paddle on your board. This board is much longer, wider and more buoyant than a normal surfboard. It’s all about finding your balance on the surfboard while propelling yourself with the paddle. It is a great work out of core muscles with the added bonus of being surrounded by nature. Definitely more fun than hitting the gym.

Location: CITCC Canals, Cast Anchor Way, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Cost: R100 – R150

stand up paddling

Que Pasa Swing Time

No, we are not talking about dancing in the club. Go to the Artscape JazzArt Studio for a fun class of partner dancing. They offer classes for Swing Dancing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Electro Swing & Solo Jazz. You can bring your own partner but this is not required. The studio has floor-to-ceiling mirrors on two sides and a raised view of the Cape Town harbour on the other two sides. Let’s dance

Location: Artscape JazzArt Studio 552, D.F. Malan St, Cape Town
Time: 7pm (Beginner 6-count Swing) – 8.15pm (Beginner Lindy Hop)
Cost: R80 – R140


Cape Town Park Run

Every Saturday Cape Town organises a free 5-km running event. Parks involved are: Green Point Park, Rondebosch Common, Century City, Constantia Greenbelt, Mitchells Plain, Zandvlei, Bellville, Fish Hoek, Durbanville and Big Bay. You can run in the timed race or just for fun. The run encourages people to jog or run together as a group. There is a lot of attention for this event so that makes it even more fun.

Location: Various
Time: 8am (Saturday)
Cost: Free

park run cape town

Rush Trampoline Park

Another fun way to stay fit is by going to the extreme Rush Trampoline Park. This hall makes you feel like a little kid again with its 1700 square meters of wall to wall interconnected trampolines. There are also plenty of activities like dodge-ball courts, a cube foam pit, hydraulic slam dunk basketball hoops, battle Beam and a 4-meter-high Performance Wall. The park hosts group sessions and free ‘play’ time. Jumping on a trampoline is pretty intensive and that makes it a great workout.

Location: 5th Floor, 109 Main Rd, Claremont
Time: Mon to Thurs 10am to 9pm – Fri to Sat 9am to 10pm – Sun 9am to 8pm
Cost: R95 – R125

Rush Trampoline Cape Town

Roller Derby

This sport started in America and become very popular worldwide. Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction (counter-clockwise) around a track. Game play consists of a series of short match ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. Mother City Mayhem hosts free nights to try out the sport.

Location: Sunningdale Sports Complex
Costs: free

Roller derby

Hopefully the list brings you inspiration and motivation to stay fit in Cape Town in a fun way. Looking for a place to rest after your workout? Take a look at the Ashanti accommodations options below.