Links I hope you will find helpful. Please feel free to contact me should you wish to exchange links or correct any info.
CapeNature is responsible for managing more than 20 reserves and parks in the Western Cape: Cederberg Wilderness Area, Bird Island Nature Reserve, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area, Limietberg Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve, Marloth Nature Reserve, Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Walker Bay Nature Reserve, Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, De Mond Nature Reserve, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, Anysberg Nature Reserve, Swartberg Nature Reserve, Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, Garden Route and Little Karoo, Outeniqua Nature Reserve, Goukamma Nature Reserve, Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, Robberg Nature Reserve.
Cape Union Mart
Large retail chain carrying a wide range of equipment. I have also had problems with them not stocking spares etc for some of their items — but then this seems to be par for the course for South African retailers. Don’t bother shopping at any of the branches, they are poorly stocked — head straight for their massive Adventure Centre at Canal Walk: it carries a larger selection of goods, and many items not stocked in the branches. It is heaven for any outdoor enthusiast!
Indoor climbing venue with plenty of routes on the climbing walls and a bouldering section. There is a fully stocked gear shop – Seven Summits / Mountain Mail Order has in fact just moved in and the two have merged! You can rent climbing shoes and harnesses if you are new to the sport (you can rent gear to use outside of the venue as well). Helpful, friendly staff add to the great camaraderie that I have found to be a hallmark of the climbing fraternity!
c/o Collingwood & Anson, Observatory, Cape Town | 021 447 1326 | http://www.cityrock.co.za
Century City Canoe Club
6kms of waterways in Century City run past residential, commercial, retail property & Intaka Island providing an urban paddle. http://www.centurycitycanoeclub.co.za/
The home of rock climbing and bouldering in South Africa! Loads of articles and videos, route information, and a lively and sometimes controversial Forum. http://www.climb.co.za/
Cristy Sports are actually tent manufacturers. The store also carries a large range of outdoor gear. 35 Kendal Road, Diepriver, Cape Town | 021 712 5020
Outdoor gear specialist retailer.
Cape Quarter, Somerset Road, Green Point | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drifters-Xtreme-Sports/149478241786797
Specialist outdoor gear manufacturer. I have a couple of first Ascent products and I love them. It feels like a lot of effort is going into this brand, and the range is growing rapidly.
Website listing a calendar with the phases of the moon.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by 980 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year. I cannot tell you how thankful I am whenever I see them cruising close at hand at all the surfski races. Thanks guys!
For all you need to know about the ocean tides. http://www.satides.co.za/
The Paddling Centre
On-line suppliers of all things paddling, and source of invaluable, friendly advice & service from champion paddlers Dawed & Nikki Mocke and their team.
South African National Parks is responsible for managing much of our national heritage, and is responsible for the following: Groenkloof, Kruger, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Garden Route National Park (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, & Wilderness), Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, Karoo, Namaqua, |Ai-|Ais / Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Mapungubwe, Tankwa Karoo and Mokala.
The Sweat Shop
This store offers the most knowledgeable service for running shoes that I have ever encountered. c/o, Cavendish & Vineyard, Claremont.
021 671 5457