Cape Town – kitesurfing with Table Mountain view

Overview

Cape Town can be named as one of the absolute top spots for kitesurfing from November to March. The wind is strong and constant. You can have all the comfort that you are used to if you like, have a big city with shopping and nightlife – and also the perfect kite spots. Lot’s of professional kiteboarders spend several month in Cape Town for training for the next season.

Pictures

Check out the pictures from my trip to get an impression of how it’s there. If you go down more on this page you also find some specific pictures for the spots.

Accomodation in Cape Town for kiteboarders

We recommend taking a hotel or an appartement in Table View, Blouberg or Big Bay. This is where all the guys hang out during the day as there are kiteshops/kitebars/restaurants/kiteguesthouses around and from here you can reach the main spots in a few minutes by car.

You can check out your prefered one in this area, thera are a plenty – you can find them here.

Want to stay a long time: Check GumTree
www.thegumtree.co.za
If you want to stay for a longer time, this is the place to go (here is the direct link to the area you might want to look). I once found an appartement myself through this site. It’s aimed at locals for locals so all the prices are pretty much local, they use it for normal rental – so it’s not for short-term-holidays

I want it cheap and quiet

Look or ask for a flat / house / hotel with a view on the ocean on the ridge somewhere around West Beach / Table View. This is a little back from the beach so it’ll be cheaper & quieter. You will need a car to get to the bars and beach though.

I want to live in Big Bay

Look or ask for something in walking distance from the main beach. (look for Cabrinha Kiteboarding on google maps) All the places around here are nice.

I want to be at Table View Kitebeach

The coolest spot here would be a beachfront property just south of “Best Kiteboarding Africa” look on Google maps.  If you can get a beachfront place  there then you are 200m from kitebeach and 400m from the main night life in the area.

Wind, weather & waves

Best months are November to beginning of March, the main direction is SE to S. The wind can get pretty strong. Sometimes you can have up to 30-40 knots. So what you see in the windfinder chart ist just “average”. For a 75kg kiter the best kite range is probably to have 7-12m kites.

Kite-Spots, Map

Big Bay

Big Bay is located in the north of Cape Town. You find lot of infrastructure around the spot. Supermarkets, Bars, Restaurants, Surf Shops, etc. There is enough parking place and the spot is also good for (wave) surfing mostly in the morning. It’s devided in two areas, left there is place for windsurfers and the kiters kite downwind to the right. In peak times it gets crowded, but there is enough place downwind to go. It’s choppy, sometimes medium waves come in. You have a small place with flat water a little bit downwind.

Table View

A bit south of Big Bay, towards Cape Town Center you find Table View kite beach. The beach is huge so there is enough place to pump up your kite without people crossing your lines. Lot of locals come here after work so it can get little bit crowded in the late afternoon, but as the beach is really big it’s no problem moving a bit when you feel uncomfortable or want to practice in a more calm area. The wind is cross on and the beach runs for about 7km. There are waves but they are usually waist high. And if they ever get big (which is rare) they are very friendly. There is a Best-Kiteshop directly at the beach and also a small cafe called carlucci’s where you get the probably most awesome sandwiches in Cape Town. This is also a tip for good breakfast.

Scarborough

Scarborough is a smaller spot in the south of Cape Town (see map). It’s not really getting crowded as it’s some time driving here by car from Cape Town (45min).  You should come here when the wind is not enough in Cape Town. Check the Wind-Forecast especially for this spot as it is possible to get ridable conditions when there is almost no wind at Table View or Big Bay. You have small waves coming in. It’s not a beginner spot.

Other kitespots in Cape Town

These are the 3 major places we recommend to kite in Cape town. The most of the people come here as the conditions are the best. There are lots other spots too where you can have a kite-session. To have a look on all possible places to kite we recommend checking out splocs.com (e.g. the spot Witsand is also something I would recommend checking out)

What about sharks in Cape Town?

There are sharks in the Cape Town Area. However, i have spoken to a local, and in the last 5 years he has been kiting there he has never seen one. And no kiter has been taken by one. There are hundreds of kiters there. Sharks are not a problem. If you go surfing to Muizenberg, talk to locals there about sharks. It’s different there.

Travel / Flight

You have to take a flight to Cape Town and then have your rental car ready or organize yourself some transfer to your hotel (maybe they can organize it for you…)

You can search for a flight and compare flight prices if you want already in our integrated flight compare search.

Car rental

These are the best car rental possibilities I found for CapeTown:

RentalCars
Compare the prices of the major CarRental Companies in CapeTown.
Get new cars in good condition. So this is the normal option compared to the ones below. I am affiliated with RentalCars when you use this link. If you want to use their search it would be great if you use the links i provide here, so you buy me a cup of coffee with that and say a little thanks for putting me together this conent :D

Rent a Cheapie
Their cars being used alot by kiters and surfer.

Acker Car Rentals: Renting also old Mercedes Benz Cars
These are  cool. Sometimes you have the feeling they will have a breakdown every second but its probably the coolest kite-car you can get!  These ones are also used a lot by surfers.

Price-level

Expect to pay little less for food than in Western Europe or the US. Eating in restaurants is also a bit cheaper, but not much. If you want to live at low cost it’s possible to buy the main supplies for little money at the supermarket. Imported stuff is expensive, local stuff is cheap. That’s the rule, as at lot of places. Calculate with what you need at home, you will be on the safe side. Going out is cheaper, a big night out costs about R250-500. A taxi from Table view to the city is about R150-250. Ah, and the currency is South African Rand.

A typical day in Cape Town

Chill, get a breakfast, go surfing, lunch, go kitesurfing, have party. Something like that. Everything is there so you can do everything you want. If there is no wind there is enough to see around. Or you can check out the cable.

Kiteboarding schools in Cape Town

There are lot in Cape Town. Just google a bit, they are all around and not difficult to find. One I can recommend and know is:

RRD Kiteboarding South Africa – School
Contact Person: Donovan O’Neale
Phone: +27 21 554 1729
Email: donovan@rrdsa.co.za
www.robertoriccidesigns.co.za
Physical Address: Shop 53a, Eden on the Bay Mall, Corner Otto Du Plessis & Sir David Baird Drive, Bloubergstrand Cape Town 7441

Kite-shops

It’s like with the schools. There are plenty. You can buy all the gear you want, have repairs etc. One shop is:

Cabrinha Kiteboarding (Same place as RRD School)
Contact Person: Donovan O’Neale
Phone: +27 21 554 1729
Email: donovan@cabrinha.co.za
www.cabrinha.co.za
Shop 53a, Eden on the Bay Mall, Corner Otto Du Plessis & Sir David Baird Drive, Bloubergstrand Cape Town 7441

Crime & Security

Crime is an issue in SA but out in Table View /Big Bay it’s not that bad. It’s nothing like what people make it out to be. Just be aware of where you are and don’t go into any bad areas. The best thing to do is to ask around when you get there. Find a local and ask where’s safe and where’s not (especially at night). There’s alot of petty crime so if you park your car then hide your wallet, phone and glasses. Don’t leave your bags lying around. Don’t leave stuff lying on the beach. Simple things like this.

There are areas in South Africa that are very dangerous but you have to physically drive to them. For example you shouldn’t really go to Townships. This is where the violent crime you hear about happens, it’s quite simple. Don’t go into them. And to get into one is not easy so it’s fine.

General travel information

Must-visit-stuff, nightlife & good-to-know-things

Of course you have to go up to the top of Table Mountain (don’t be afraid, there’s a cable car available ;) and visit the National Park and the Cape of good Hope (Photo!!!! ;) as well as the Winefarms. For some (wave)surfing check out Muizenberg (but check the shark-watcher signals). If you want to go out in the evening, the main party spots in the Table View / Big Bay area are near kitebeach. They are mainly bars where people dance next to them. To name a few: News Cafe, Cubana & Doodles. If you want to have big party you have to try Trinity Club in the center. Oh, and don’t miss the Highway dead-end in the middle of the city. That’s a funny one ;)

Cape Town Kitebeach Webcams

Webcam – Kitebeach, Bloubergstrand: http://www.bestkiteboardingafrica.com/Webcam.php

Do you know another good Cape Town Spot Webcam? Drop us a mail, please ;)

Videos

Below you find a nice movie from the guys doing the Progression kite movies. A pretty good introduction to kiting in Cape Town and whats going on there.

Good-to-know

Always lock your car :)

Note

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