Sea Kayak Tours (www.kayakcapetown.co.za) offers a variety of trips, from the sedate to the adventurous. The most popular is the visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. Along the way you’re likely to see penguins, cormorants, gulls, oystercatchers, and fish swimming under your kayak. Seals are inquisitive and will often gambol around the kayaks, but your chances of coming across a shark are slim.

If you’re reasonably fit and could manage a two-hour walk, then you should cope with a kayaking trip. Almost all kayakers have never been in a kayak before, yet they go on to thoroughly enjoy the experience. You should preferably weigh less than 110kg and children must be 10 years of age or older. Younger children may accompany their parents.

The kayaks are two-person boats and, as they are very stable, you’re unlikely to fall out – but if you do, it’s easy to climb back in. Sea Kayak Tours offers professionally guided sea kayak paddles daily, weather permitting, throughout the year. The kayaks are designed for maximum stability in all conditions and age and inexperience are not a problem. Trips of two to two-and-a-half hours leave every day at 09h30, and afternoon trips are available for groups of four or more.