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Kitesurfing in Cape Town | A Local’s Guidebook

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Kitesurfing Cape Town – A Local’s Guidebook

kitesurfing spot in Cape Town - Bloubergstrand

What is it about Cape Town, that lures kitesurfers from all corners of the globe to it’s white, sandy beaches? In this guidebook I aim to cover absolutely all aspects of kitesurfing in Cape Town, from secret kitesurf spots to car rental companies to affordable accommodation. I’ll even touch base on the most unique volunteering programs. With this guidebook I hope to enrich your overall experience during your stay in Cape Town, not only from an adrenaline junkie’s point of view but also from a cultural perspective.

Please use the table of contents below to jump to the sections that interest you most.

1. General info on kitesurfing in Cape Town
2. Kitesurfing locations guide
3. How to get around in Cape Town
4. Where to stay in Cape Town, South Africa
5. Where to eat in Cape Town
6. The atmosphere while kitesurfing in Cape Town
7. Average wind speed in Cape Town
8. Volunteer programs in Cape Town
9. Visa requirements for foreigners
10. What about sharks

General info on Kitesurfing in Cape Town

Kitesurfing in Cape Town will push your kite limits to the maximum! We are convinced that once you kitesurf in Cape Town you’ll be forever hooked to this sport. Why is it that Cape Town is so well known to kitesurfers, though? Well, one of the reasons is known as the “Cape Doctor”. It’s the local name for the strong, often persistent and dry south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer. Us locals believe that the Cape Doctor clears Cape Town of all it’s cumulative pollution by blowing the smog northwards all the way to Namibia. Sorry Namibia… but in winter it’s your turn as the wind directions shift North Westerly.

Below are some facts to consider before you travel to Cape Town to kitesurf.

  • Wetsuit needed: A 4/3mm is recommended, on average the water is around 14°C (I know, it’s cold. – #Wim Hof Method).
  • Best time to kitesurf here: During the summer months, October – March.
  • Average wind speed: 15 – 30 Knots
  • Most popular location to kitesurf: Kite Beach in Bloubergstrand.

Check out Hannah Whiteley’s video below to get a taster of what it’s like kitesurfing in Cape Town.


Kitesurfing Locations Guide

(Please note: Only average water temperatures, wave heights and wind speeds have been listed.)

Western Cape Kitesurfing Spots map

 

 

Kite Beach / Table View Area

Kite Beach - table view Cape Town

This is Cape Town’s most famous kitesurfing spot and it’s also where the largest kitesurfing event in the world takes place: The Red Bull King of The Air. Pros from all around the world are seen kitesurfing here during the summer months, usually between December and February. Kite Beach is about a 20 minute drive from Cape Town city centre.

  • Spot Difficulty: Advanced
  • Water Temp: 13°C
  • Wind Speed: 15 – 45 knots
  • Wave height: 2 – 5m
  • Wind direction: Side Shore

Langebaan | Sharkbay

Langebaan Lagoon

Langebaan Lagoon, is one of those picture perfect postcard destinations. Langebaan lies about 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Cape Town city centre. This location is definitely worth the drive if you’re into flat water riding. It’s best to get to this location before peak season as between December to February its a very crowded spot with tons of beginner kitesurfers taking advantage of the flat water.

  • Spot Difficulty: Beginner
  • Water Temp: 18°C
  • Wind Speed: 15 – 30 knots
  • Wave height: 0m
  • Wind direction: Sideshore and Onshore

Hermanus Lagoon

hermanus lagoon

Hermanus lagoon is the kitesurfing location I first learned to ride switch at. It’s a location I’ll never forget. Its an ideal spot for when the wind in Cape Town isn’t living up to its name. Try not to crash your kite here though, you’ll regret it. There’s so much seaweed that entangles with your lines, it can take hours to clean off and it stinks! Hermanus lies about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Cape Town city centre and makes for a stunning road trip through the mountains.

  • Spot Difficulty: Beginner
  • Water Temp: 17°C
  • Wind Speed: 15 – 30 knots
  • Wave height: 0m
  • Wind direction: Onshore

Misty Cliffs

misty cliffs spot

Misty Cliffs is about an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre, it too makes for an incredibly scenic road trip. This spot is for very advanced riders who are in complete control of their kitesurfing abilities. You shouldn’t kitesurf too close to the kelp-beds; fall here and you’ll be washed mercilessly onto the rocks. If you are into extreme kitesurfing, this is the spot for you.

  • Spot Difficulty: Expert
  • Water Temp: 14°C
  • Wind Speed: 15 – 30 knots
  • Wave height: 2 – 5m
  • Wind direction: Sideshore

Witsands

witsands kitesurfing spot

This is one of the more secret, less populated kitesurfing spots listed on our kitesurfing in Cape Town guide book. Here, the water is flat and makes for a great place to practise all your tricks. Note: This spot works great on an Easterly. Can be very gusty on a SW. Witsands lies about 3 hours and 20 minutes outside of Cape Town.

  • Spot Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Water Temp: 16°C
  • Wind Speed: 15 – 30 knots
  • Wave height: 0
  • Wind direction: Sideshore

How to get around in Cape Town

Transport within the Cape Town area is fairly efficient, there are many options for you during your stay in the Mother City. Check out our list below.

Public Transport

As far as reducing your carbon footprint goes, using public transport is hands down your best option. Is it safe? Yes. Is it reliable? Well, that depends. If you’re using the MyCiti bus, then yes. If you are using the metro rail, then not so much. We recommend using the MyCiti bus. For Metro Rail, we recommend exercising caution. Don’t use this service after dark as on some lines it can be a bit sketchy. During the day it’s no problem.

Rental Car Companies

Renting a car is recommended if you’d like to go on long kitesurfing road trips outside of Cape Town. There are many popular car rental companies, we will list our most trusted companies below. If you are planning on visiting Cape Town in the summer months, we would recommend you make a reservation far in advance as car hire companies run out of stock fairly quickly in peak season.

(Click on each car company to be redirected to their page)

Uber

Using Uber in Cape Town is extremely popular, it is a safe and affordable mode of transport within the Cape Town area. Of course, as a kitesurfer it’s not really a viable option when wanting to go for a kitesurfing session, as Uber drivers do not always allow sandy gear in their cars. It will costs you about R100 – R150 to get from  Cape Town city to Bloubergstrand.


Where to stay in Cape Town, South Africa?

When it comes to accommodation in Cape Town, there are many options, some affordable and some extremely overpriced. We prefer the affordable options. After all, what’s the point of spending all your money on a square box to sleep in? Let’s live more sustainably, guys. But don’t worry, we’ll list all the options anyway 😉

Backpackers

For those who are looking after their budget and are comfy staying in dorm rooms, Cape Town has some extremely affordable backpacking option for you.


BIG Backpackers | Greenpoint

BIG Backpackers Cape town

The B.I.G is walking distance from Cape Town’s city centre and only a few kilometers from the pristine beaches of Camps Bay & Clifton Beach. The B.I.G boasts modern, newly renovated, comfortable accommodation, in the relaxed atmosphere that makes Cape Town’s hospitality world famous.

Contact: bigbackpackers.co.za
Camping: No
Dorms: From R260 pppn
Private Rooms: From R880 per night per room
Breakfast included: Yes (plus eggs that you can cook yourself)
Parking: On-street and tricky if you come in late at night
Wifi: Yes
Tours: Yes
Swimming Pool: Yes
Bar: Yes
Braai: Once a week, R120 all in
Credit Card payments: Yes
Key Deposit: R100
Checkout: 11:00
Do they recycle? Yes


Salty Crax | Table View

Salty Crax - Tableview Cape Town

Their “oasis in Table View” has a luscious green garden equipped with a jacuzzi, bonfire pit and plenty of space for you to hang up your surfboard and soak in the African sun. Their accommodation is ideal for us water-sport enthusiasts as they’re situated close to the beautiful white beaches of Blouberg and the famous Kite Beach.

Contact: www.saltycrax.com
Camping: No
Dorms: From R160 pppn
Private Rooms: From R335 per night per room
Breakfast included: No (only on the first day)
Parking: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Tours: Yes
Swimming Pool: Jacuzzi
Bar: Yes
Other meals available: Yes
Braai: Twice a week, R50
Credit Card payments: Yes
Key Deposit: R50
Checkout: 10:00
Do they recycle? Yes


African Soul Surfer | Muizenberg

African Soul Surfer

Contact: www.africansoulsurfer.co.za
Camping: No (but rooftop camping is being planned)
Dorms: From R150 pppn
Private Rooms: From R450 per room
Breakfast included: No (but there’s a breakfast menu)
Parking: No (on-street)
Wifi: Yes
Tours: Yes (but no Shark Cage Diving as the owner does not support this activity)
Swimming Pool: No
Bar: Yes
Other meals available: Yes (different meal available each night)
Braai: Bring & Braai on Fridays (weather dependent)
Credit Card payments: No (EFT and cash)
Key Deposit: R100
Checkout: 11:00
Do they recycle? In the process.


Once in Cape Town | Cape Town

Once in Cape Town Backpackers

A hub for young travellers looking for affordable accommodation combined with authentic and inclusive South African experiences. Enjoy their design led rooms with ensuite bathroom, handmade room amenities and crisp white linen. Plus, they’re a fair trade company.

Contact: www.stayatonce.com
Camping: No
Dorms: From R210 pppn
Private Rooms: From R715 per night per room
Breakfast included: Yes
Parking: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Tours: Yes
Swimming Pool: No
Bar: Yes
Other meals available: Yes
Braai: Once a week
Credit Card payments: Yes
Key Deposit: R140 and R150 for parking remote
Checkout: 10:00
Do they recycle? Yes


Airbnb

From extreme luxury to unique treehouse accommodation to single roomed apartments right next to the beach, Airbnb is an extremely popular platform to use in Cape Town.

Check out their website


Couch Surfing

Couchsurfing is a great platform to reach out to the locals staying in Cape Town, there are tons of helpful people out there willing to offer you accommodation for free in return for a lekker cultural exchange.

Check out their website


Where to eat in Cape Town?

Carlucci’s | Blouberg

Carluccis Blouberg

Carlucci’s is one of Blouberg’s most famous eat out/breakfast destinations for kitesurfers. In the mornings this venue is completely packed with the likes of Kevin Langeree, Ruben Lenten, Nick Jacobson etc., you get the picture. Kitesurfers flock here, as its located right next to Kite Beach and they serve the most delicious food and raw super juices to give you full power before you head out for your kitesurf session.


Jerry’s Burger Bar | Blouberg

Jerrys Burger bar cape town

Okay, this one is situated right next to Carlucci’s, I know, but man, are their burgers next level good. Let me set the scene for you. You’ve just completed a long kitesurf session in Cape Town’s cold atlantic ocean, the sun is setting and you’re sipping on your craft beer whilst waiting for your caramelized onion and avo burger to arrive, all while gazing upon the fading hues set against the iconic picture of Table Mountain. Trust me, visit this place.


Madam Taitou | Long Street, Cape Town

Madam taitou

Madam Taitou is situated on trendy Long Street in Cape Town and specialises in Ethiopian cuisine. This hidden gem has spectacular decor and diners are seated in a tree house style space with mismatched furniture covered in animal skins, potted plants and creepers providing privacy and African animal and tribal statues dotted here and there.


Raw and Roxy | Woodstock

Raw and roxy cafe

Located on the bustling streets of Woodstock, if you are into superfood smoothies and raw juices, Raw and Roxy is for you. In her own words: ‘We create delicious raw vegan meals, gourmet salads, scrumptious guilt-free desserts, super healthy juices, smoothies with superfoods and tonics to boost your immune system, increase your energy levels and combat coffee addiction..’


The atmosphere while kitesurfing in Cape Town, South Africa

Kitesurfing in Cape Town’s most famous spot Kite Beach is more for advanced riders, who are confident enough riding in large waves and, if arriving in the peak summer months, in crowded oceans, too. Kite Beach is a spot where most up and coming kitesurfers practise kite loops and large jumps, so being on the lookout while riding here is a must. I was actually quite shocked by the number of kitesurfers here this summer season in 2020, and found myself cursing under my breath like an old man every time someone cut in front of me. To escape the crowds, have your session in the early morning or during the late evening. The general vibe amongst the kitesurfers here is quite pleasant, I find everyone is more than ready to assist any kiter in distress, it’s like one giant kitesurfing unit! Let’s all continue looking after one another out there!


Average Wind Speed in Cape Town

Average days of wind a month in Cape Town

Please note that the wind speed is shown in the Beaufort scale.

  • 3Bft = 7 – 10 Knots
  • 4Bft = 11 – 16 Knots
  • 5Bft = 17 – 21 Knots
  • 6Bft = 22 – 27 knots

Volunteer Programs in Cape Town

There are various volunteer programs in Cape Town, which we’d recommend. Volunteering is a way to get outside of the kitesurf bubble and give back to the community. Below we will list our top 4 volunteer programs .

Sanccob

International Volunteer Program

Get hands-on experience working with endangered African penguins and other seabirds at the world renowned SANCCOB seabird centres in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

  • You must be 18 years and over
  • No experience necessary
  • Minimum 6 weeks in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth
  • Placements all year round, with the busiest time in Cape Town from November to January for chick season.

As an international volunteer you will become an extension of the team of Bird rehabilitators, helping with most handling and feeding tasks.

Your programme fee for a six week period will include a volunteer T-shirt and a seabird release trip (weather and bird permitting). Further information about the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth international volunteer programme is available in the respective documents below.

Local Volunteer Program

Local volunteers play an important role at SANCCOB’s centres in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape and are needed 365 days a year to perform tasks such as:

  • Assisting with seabird rehabilitation, cleaning and feeding birds
  • Driving/collecting seabirds
  • General centre maintenance and cleaning
  • Answering phones
  • Education/behind the scenes tours
  • Marketing/fundraising

Volunteers must be 18 years or older and reside permanently in the Cape Peninsula (Western Cape) or in the local Eastern Cape surrounds. Half day and full day shifts are available week days and over weekends.

To enquire about volunteering by Sanccob click here.


Haven Night Shelter

There are about 4862 homeless people living in Cape Town. The Haven Night Shelter has branches throughout Cape Town that do a amazing work for the homeless. They offer people from all walks of life the opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community. Volunteers get involved with meaningful tasks at either specific shelters, or the Haven Shelter Head Office.


TEARS (The Emma Animal Rescue Society)

TEARS is a well-respected animal rescue centre in Cape Town. They are based in Sunnydale, and do an incredible amount of good work to help neglected and abused domestic animals. They accept volunteers ages 16 years old and up, including dog walkers.


Scalabrini Centre

Cape Town’s Scalabrini Centre takes more than 2,000 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers each month and assists them with various programmes to help with integration into local society in Cape Town. They work closely with volunteers who assist with all aspects of their work, including welfare, advocacy, development and outreach programmes. They offer part and full time volunteer opportunities, but due to the nature of the work, request that volunteers spend a minimum of three months with the organisation.


Visa Requirements For Foreigners

Tourist Visa

The following countries have free access to South Africa and can arrive without a visa and stay upto 15 days.

  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Russia
  • Switzerland

The following countries will receive a visa on arrival and can stay upto 90 days (Please note: for a complete list of countries allowed in SA without a visa, please visit this website.)

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

What about sharks?

I wrote a blog on this topic some time ago, you can read it here. But just to clarify, there is about 1 shark attack every 2 years on the Cape Peninsula. Yes 1, according to Shark Spotters. You have a better chance of being attacked by a swarm of ants. Check out this cool infographic linking all the shark attacks since 1905 in South Africa.

Shark attacks in South Africa infographic.


I hope you enjoyed this local guide to kitesurfing in Cape Town? I will continuously update the information here to keep you as up to date as possible on all kitesurfing information in Cape Town, South Africa

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