Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa. The city received its name after the Cape of Good Hope, a cape dreaded earlier among sailors. Cape Town is famous for, among other things, the Tafelberg, and although the city is often advertising for being the only city in the world to be on two oceans, that's not quite true. Also the city has made a name among kitesurfers. This is partly because the kitespots are very close to the city and you will find everything you need there and on the other hand because of the good wind conditions. That is why it is not surprising that professional kitesurfers live there to train for several months, year after year.
Best wind months in Cape Town
Cape Town is the home of the Cape Doctor. Yes, the wind has been given its own name by the residents! Why? Because he is unique! They value him not only for its cleansing effect on the city air but also because he is perfect for kitesurfing. It's a famous southeast wind that comes across the ocean for thousands of miles without any obstacles, just to provide you with a steadily powered kite!
The Cape Doctor occurs mainly during the summer months of the southern hemisphere, starting from August to April. So the best months for kitesurfing in Cape Town are from October to March!
The temperatures can reach a maximum of pleasant 24 degrees to 25 degrees during this time. Also the summer is very dry, which makes rainy days a rarity. Unfortunately the water temperatures do not go over 18 degrees, which makes a wetsuit indispensable.
Best kitesurf Spots
Cape Town isn't for nothing a meeting place for the world's best freestyle and wave kitesurfers. In addition to the good wind, the area offers countless kitespots and a huge variety of riding!
|1||Big Bay - home of the KotA, sandy beach, wave spot with flat water between waves
|2||Kite Beach - wide sandy beach, great wave spot
|3||Dolphin Beach - same conditions as Kite Beach
|4||Sunset Beach - sandy beach, nice waves, generally smaller than in Kite Beach
Best airlines to Cape Town
For cheap flights we recommend Skyscanner! On Skyscanner you can compare different airlines and different airports to guarantee that you will find the cheapest price for your flight. The sooner you look for flights the cheaper you can find them!
Most airlines charge immense prices for carrying sports baggage. Nevertheless, there are also airlines that may not be cheaper at first look, but at second look they are much cheaper. To carry your kite luggage as cheap as possible we recommend the following airlines
Lufthansa - you can carry kite luggage up to 32 kg free of charge in addition to your normal luggage
Turkish Airlines - similar to Lufthansa you can also carry your kite luggage free of charge in addition to your normal luggage
Ethiad - you can carry two luggages free of charge with Ethiad and can use one of them for your kite luggage (up to 30kg)
Having a car in Cape Town is a must to be mobile. You can look for the rental car of your choice on different comparison portals e.b. Check24, Sixt or Rentalcars. We recommend to look for an accommodation in Table View, Blouberg or Big Bay. These are the places where all kitesurfers hang out during the day. There are kiteshops, bars, restaurants around and from there you can reach the kitespots in a few minutes by car.
If you want to stay for a longer time we recommend thegumtree! This is site for accommodations from locals for locals so this is not just for a short trip. Usually they use it for normal rental - so it's not for short-term-holidays.
As usual we also recommend providers such as Airbnb and Booking. If you want to look for an accommodation on your own, these sites will help you. There you can find private accommodations and maybe cheap hotels directly at the spot!
No wind activities for kitesurfers
Cape Town is a very diverse city where you can do many incredible things. Safari, wildlife and tours in nature reserves, Kayaking in the sea and on lakes, Paintball, Mountain Biking, Sandboarding, Tandem skydiving or Surfing are just a few of the many activities you can do there. Just have a look on Tripadvisor to get a good overview of the activities you can do!