Why Kite Surf Cape Town?
Cape Town is notoriously known for its consistent strong South Easterly winds during October until April. Find flat water, world-class downwind passages, small waves, high waves, warm and cool water all in Cape Town. The back drop of Table Mountain is awe-inspiring, the food is delicious and there is heaps of outdoor pursuits. For this reason so many kiters flock to Bloubergstrand for the summer season. This year I was fortunate to have a taste of it!
Planning a kite trip to Cape Town? Read on to help you organise a trip and please leave me a comment if you have input. I am always keen to discover new things to do and see in and around this beautiful city.Below I haven’t included everything because that would get mundane to read, so please contact me if you need further information.
Sun and strong wind, what more could any kiter ask for?
1. Kitesurf accommodation by the beach
Stay in Bloubergstrand at either Table View, Dolphin Beach or Big Bay as this is where the kite scene is! Look on Gumtree Cape Town for long stays otherwise Airbnb for apartments. Use this referral code to get £14 off your next adventure with airbnb > Click Here
- If you want to be amongst the fun and you’re on a budget stay at Mystic House or the Surf House
- Dolphin Beach Hotel offer self catered apartments and the hotel fronts Dolphin Beach
- Kite House Mansion sits in front of Sunset Beach and is specifically catered for kite surfers
2. Alternative kite spots to Bloubergstrand?
Langebaan is ideal for beginners as it’s a flat water spot, go to Main Beach or Shark Bay. In Shark Bay you can wear a shorty/boardies. Both spots can get over crowded, so if you’re an advanced rider drive further North of the lagoon there is a quiet flat spot near Saldanha.
Hermanus lagoon is a quiet spot, steady on a SE and can blow up to 25 knots. The SW on the lagoon is gusty but for wave riding perfect.
Witsands Breede River
Witsands Breede River is a butter flat water spot, works on a SE wind but generally is 15-25 knots so a lot lighter than Cape Town. The ocean side is a decent wave spot with cross onshore SE winds. It is a 3.5 hr drive from Cape Town and if you’re thinking of coming over for a few days make sure to bring supplies as the local shop doesn’t have much to offer. Nor are there any kite shops.
3. Fancy some down time from the water?
Local Market – Hout Bay
- Immerse yourself in the creative energy and vibrancy of South Africa at the local craft market in the Hout Bay on the weekend. Here you’ll find products sold by locals, a variety of delicious food and live music.
Local Market – Old Biscuit Mill
- Alternately on a Saturday morning go to the Old Biscuit Mill market, get there before it closes at 2PM.
Summer Sunset Concerts
- Nestled into the foot of Table Mountain you’ll find Kirstenbosh botanical gardens. Take a stroll through the most beautiful garden in Africa with a picnic on a Sunday during the summer to capture an open air event. Click here to see what’s on
- Visit the vin yards around Cape Town. One of my favourites is Glen Carlou situated in the Paarl Valley, the wine connoisseurs provide an informative experience and I love there Savignon Blanc! Other ones to check out around this area, are Fair View and Babylonsturen. If you happen to be in Hermanus, follow this wine route here and I highly recommend visiting La Vierge wine estate.
Cape Peninsula Road Trip
The Peninsula is worth a whole day, especially if you want to get out of the vehicle and hike the trails with spectacular views. See the African penguins in Boulders Beach!
4. Other ideas to stay active
Surfboards and SUPs are easily rentable in surf shops in Big Bay, High Five in Blouberg or head to the surf scene in Muizenberg itself.
Check out Dirty Habits Playground situated in Cape Town
Roll out a mat and practice.Class lead yoga is available for drop in classes at Yoga Life in the city centre and if you happen to be in `Cape Town for a month sign up for the unlimited sessions at only R680 (£30).
Lions Head or Table Mountain. Avoid going on a weekend during peak season (Christmas Holidays and New Year) and hiking during the intense sun of the day.