The best kitesurfing spots in Cape Town

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The best kitesurfing spots in Cape Town

Cape Town is the ultimate kitesurfing destination with more than 30 awesome spots nestled in and around the city. With fantastic wind between November and March that reliably blows between 20 and 30 knots, and warm sunny weather during these South African summer months, it is the perfect destination for a year end holiday. The area is home to a variety of spots to suit all skill levels, here are some of our favourites:

The area is home to a variety of spots to suit all skill levels, here are some of our favourites:

Bloubergstrand

Bloubergstrand is without a doubt the most popular area for kitesurfers in Cape Town. In the summer months, hundreds of kitesurfers flock from all over the world to this area. Iconic Table Mountain forms the perfect backdrop for the colourful kites at Dolphin Beach. Here the reliable summer south-east wind blows cross-shore and provides for great downwinder sessions from Sunset Beach to Bloubergstrand with the wind picking up throughout the day to its peak between 2 and 6 in the evenings. 

Langebaan

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Langebaan is without a doubt one of our favourite kitesurfing destinations in South Africa and one of the best places in the world to learn to kite. Located just over an hour from Cape Town in a scenic coastal area, Langebaan boasts a massive flat-water lagoon that is flanked by a nature reserve. The Langebaan lagoon is one of the biggest lagoons in the world, with bright blue waters and a large waist deep section, with very reliable that is channelled between the hills. The super flat water conditions are perfect for beginners and freestyles and a great kitesurf-focussed hotel with onsite centre offers all the latest equipment and great instruction. 

Lagoon Beach

Slightly closer to Cape Town than the beach at Bloubergstrand, Lagoon Beach is the nearest spot to the Cape Town city centre. The beach here has a great shallow area for the first 50 metres and a small lagoon is located at the beach, making it a bit better for beginners and intermediates who want to try some easy wave sailing.

Big Bay

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Just north of Bloubergstrand, Big Bay is a favourite spot with more experienced kiters and plays host to the Red Bull King of the Air competition annually. The area is a favourite with freestyle trick riders but there are also a number of great wave breaks nearby.

Muizenberg

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The little suburb of Muizenberg has been popular with surfers for as long as anyone can remember and is becoming more and more popular with tourists due to an upliftment programme in the area that has seen the development of many quirky shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area. A budding kitesurfing community is also now kicking off here. Here the wind pushes directly on shore, creating messy waves but at high tide, the spot is popular with all skill levels, with beginners, freestylers and wave sailors alike flocking to this quieter Cape Town beach.

Scarbrough

Scarbrough and Misty Cliffs provide the perfect place to kitesurf when the wind is blowing in a north easterly direction. With strong gusts and an extremely powerful reef-break this spot is recommended for experienced kiters only and its recommended you go with a local as you can easily end up on the rocks with strong currents prevelant in certain places.  

Now that you know where to go for the best kitesurfing in Cape Town, you can start planning your trip, however what you also need to know is that there is so much more to Cape Town than just kitesurfing. Whether you are looking to unwind and relax in exquisite nature, explore and enjoy delicious cuisine and wines in the busstling city centre or Cape Winelands, or be entertained with a number of fantastic adventure activities, including safaris, there is so much to enjoy when you’re not on the water or bring the whole family along for an amazing holiday in South Africa!