African Safaris and wildlife
, beautifully diverse cultures, great nightlife in the cities and spectacular, uncrowded, sandy beaches, with great wind are what make kiteboarding in South Africa the draw card it is. So its no coincidence Aaron Hadlow and Reuben Lenten choose
South Africa as their premier kiteboarding training ground over the summer months, November to March.
Check out the Annual Destination Kiteboarding AFRICAN KITESURF SAFARI
Under the spectacular Table Mountain,
is a great place to start your kiteboarding South Africa trip. A hot summer season from October to March - and super-consistent (blowing almost every day) 'South Easterly' winds throughout the summer season mean you will not be disappointed. As an indicator your 12m would definitely be your light wind kite, you're better off on a 9m or 7m. Bring your surfboard too - waves are where its at for kitesurfing South Africa.
Winter (May - September) also offers some good kiting but is generally in more gusty North Westerly/ South Westerly conditions in Cape Town. The right hand point breaks that begin moving East of Cape Town tend to work better on these winds.
For pure flat water kiteboarding head up to well known
about 1.5 hours drive north of Cape Town.
Moving east from Cape Town along the coast, the Garden Route is a great place to discover - again lots of options on many great beaches from
to Still Bay to Buffels Bay and many more - be sure to check out 'Knysna' (NiceNa) as a cool coastal town to relax, enjoy some oysters and a locally brewed beer.
About 800 kilometers east of Cape Town, with plenty of really good spots in between, you reach the world famous surf Destination - Jeffreys Bay, and then on through the Wild coast of the Transkei and up to the Durban area.
Durban is better known for its great surfing, but kitesurfing Durban's great waves is really big here too. The subtropical climate and ocean temperatures all year means no wetsuits. It does have a reputation for sharks, and all beaches around Durban are protected by shark nets. Best time for wind here is August - December, though you can get wind at any time of year - the prevailing NNE wind is a cross onshore in Durban. Go further south of Durban for excellent right point breaks and uncrowded wave conditions.
Kite rentals are available from big brand schools and shops in almost every known kiting location in SA. So you are in excellent hands if you are wanting to learn or get more kiteboarding gear.
Car rental is also easily done from any of the major airports and cities; and the best way to travel in South Africa on a good road infrastructure.
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