Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, has gained its fame in the kite community as  early as in the late 90ies when there were already many kiters at blouberg beach. The red bull king of the air has turned it in one of the world’s greatest kiteboarding hubs for the southern hemisphere. There are many spots with various conditions from flat water to huge waves. When the clouds are hanging over table mountain, count 10 to 15 minutes and you ll be on your 7m. The strong Cape Doctor winds like they call it blow out of the southeast almost every day from october till may.

The majority of kiting around the Cape Peninsula happens in Table View, north of the city, where the wind blows from the left. Sunset Beach is the closest to Cape Town city.  Here the southeaster wind kicks in first and it can take while before it reaches the other spots further downwind. 


Ross-Dillon Player (RSA) in action on Day One of Red Bull King of the Air 2019. Image credit: Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool.

Further north passed the bay you will come to Dolphin Beach and then Kite Beach, where the wind blows cross-shore. Dolphin Beach is a nice spot to start a downwind because there are many spots up north, all the way up to ‘Big Bay’ and beyond. 

Round the corner at Big Bay there’s a pleasant grassy área next to the beach with some bars, restaurants and shops, what makes it a nice pit stop if you re traveling with your wife or family. Expect to share the spot with windsurfers and sharks, but don t worry, there has not yet been registered a shark attack on a kiter in those areas. And the windsurfers: most kiters tend to ride slightly downwind from the windsurfer. Do so at Kamers, First Stone or Eerste Steen, Derde Steen and Horse Trails but these spots are much less crowded!

Further up there is an advanced wave spot called Haakgat. Even further up you ll see Melkbos which is the last spot on this stretch of coastline. General rule is if it is too strong south: head up further north for less wind.

WIND & CLIMATE

It blows generally reliable and strong during south african summer (December and January being the peak). There is mostly no Wind during the morning, but  30+ knots by mid-afternoon.

Summer has very pleasant temperatures of 25 -35 C in contrast to very cold atlantic water temperatures averaging 14 C. Head southeast of the city to the Indian Oceans to get up to 19 C. You’ll have to suit up, sometimes even a 4mm with booties and gloves.

OFF THE WATER

Plenty of things to do beside kitesurfing in and around capetown. Go hiking or mountainbiking in the beautiful mountains around Capetown. Visit the winefarms or go for a safari in the national parks. You can go see the pinguins at the cape, or go cage diving and see the great white shark from up close.  

Capetown is famous for its great food at cheap prices. It `s a great place to go healthy with lots of juice bars, fresh seafood restaurants etc. For accommodation most kiters prefer to stay around Sunset Beach / Table View / Big Bay (but also Muizenberg, southwest of the city) where there’s plenty of choice, from guest houses and hostels to luxury self catered homes. Around camps bay you can rent a 4 or 5 star villa for a reasonable price and you will be close by, to crash one of the many fashion parties in that neighbourhoud. To go shopping there are many options with many shopping malls spread over the area.  

It is easy to get around with a rental car, beware to drive on the left though. Crime can be an issue, so stay alert, and don `t drive into the townships.     

Dakhla, Marocco

La Dune Blanche by Marilou Beteta

Season: March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November

Located at the edge of western Sahara, the Dakhla península is separated from the Atlantic ocean by 45km long lagoon which offers great kiting. But the Dakhla surraoundings offer world class wave riding as well for example at Foum La Bouir and a number of other spots along the coast. The GKA Kite-surf World wave Tour will be held this year at Foum La Bouir for the second time in a row.

     The lagoon Works both at high and low tide. Picture ideal conditions for freestylers and freeriders for beginner kiters with waist deep and flat water during low tide. Most of the action happens around the kite camps.

     Winter swells deliver the best waves and this is when the schools organise transfers to the wave spots. Downwind lovers will embrace the ride from the kite camps all the way to Dakhla town.

     WIND & CLIMATE

     Dakhla has great conditions all year round. The wind generally blows out of the northeast around 17-25 knots during winter,  up to 30 knots in the summer months. At the wavespots the wind is often a bit weaker than at the lagoon. Thermical winds gain in strenght throughout the day untill sunset when it dies out again. 

     Dakhla has a very pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 20-30 C dropping to a fresh 12-15 C at night. Bring just boardshorts for the summer, and a shorty or a 3mm will do for most of the year. 

     OFF THE WATER

      Dakhla has great kitesurf to offer but is still very quiete off the water. Staying at a kite camp will make your trip more social and the camps offer transfers to town and back. They usually include rescue boat cover too (if you aren’t staying with them you can buy a voucher). If you stay in town it is best to rent a car.

     The small souks and spice markets in town are a nice excursion. Try the restaurant at the oyster farm or the local food on the water’s edge on the way  to town.

Paje, Zanzibar

Pwani Mchangani Beach

 

Paje is a small village and a great kitesurf spot in Zanzibar which is still not too crowded. You’ll find butter flat sea lagoons and a fun little wave out on the reef all in tropical blue waters.

     Undergoing the tide, conditions chance drastically. Low tide is flat inside the reef, and as tide comes in, so does the chop and the kickers. There are bouys showing you where there are safe passages, and where not to go at low tide. There are also seaweed farms and áreas with sea urchens marked by bouys. 

     WIND & CLIMATE

     The two windy seasons go from January to February and June to August but there’s a breeze on most of the days outside this periods as well. Especially with a foil, you will have fun on most days. The wind blows cross-on from the left in the winter season and cross-on from the right in summer. During summer it blows an 13-25 knots, during winter months up to 20 knots. Zanzibars climate is pretty hot, around 30 C with warm water temperatures of more or less 27 C. 

     OFF THE WATER

     Paje is small but it has a good variety of hotels and guest houses, most of them close the kite spot. Eight quilometres south of Paje you’ll find a large sea lagoon protected by a sandbank.

     If there is no wind you can choose out of many excursions. Zanzibar has a pretty well developped tourist infrastructure. Visit the spice plantations and visit the colourful markets of Stone Town. Zanzibar has great diving, or you can go fishing or go on a boat tour.

     Paje is pretty quiete at night but there are some parties at nearby Uhuru Beach on the weekends. There’s a small supermarket in Paje for basic groceries. Local food is cheap but hotel restaurants are more expensive.

     Getting around is easy as taxis are cheap. Crime is minimal but use common sense. 

 

Mauritius – Indian Ocean

Le Morne by the Sky in Mauritius

Spots: Le Morne Lagoon, Inner Reef, Manawa, Chameaux, One Eye, Kite Lagoon, La Prairie, Baie du Cap, Riambel / Pomponnette, Blue Bay Reef, Point d’Esny, Belle Mare Lagoon, Belle Mare Reef, Ile aux Bénitiers, Les Salines, Petite Rivière Noire, Cap Malheureux, Anse de la Raie.

Season: April | May | June | July | August | September | October

 

     The epic conditions, incredible surroundings and amazing hotels have put Mauritius on just about every kiteboarder’s bucket-list.

     The corner of the island Le Morne is a wave kiters dream. Trade winds blow from the left over a reef that lies half a km off the beach, with flat water on the inside. Passed that protective barrier there are a few reefs that create ideal waves for kiters: ‘Small reef’ is a fun, easy wave close to the beach. ‘Manawa’, 1 km inside, works best at high tide and is bigger and better shaped. The notorious ‘One Eye’ lies to the right, and is only for experienced kiters.

     At the same lagoon but 15 minutes drive up wind from Le Morne is Belle Ombre with some high standard hotel and less kite crowd. 

     At Mauritius’ east coast you can kite as well, especially around Belle Mare. The winds are cross-onshore and less strong than in Le Morne.

     Anse Le Raie is 45 minutes further towards the north with a large protected sea-lagoon. The waves passed the reef are generally smaller as in Le Morne. Ask the locals or the kite club for advice how to get passed the reef. 

     WIND & CLIMATE

     Best winds are from April till November when it blows average between 15 and 25 knots. July, August and September are the windiest months. There’s less wind and chances of rain between December untill March. The biggest swells role in between July, August and September when it can get epic for wave riding.

     Mauritius has pleasant temperatures of 20 C – 25 C in their winter (july, August) and up to 30 – 35 C during their summer (January – February). The water doesn t go below 20 C in winter and is around 28 C in summer.

     OFF THE WATER

     The hotels in Le Morne are quiete luxurious but you can find some affordable all-inclusive hotels. If you are more on a budget head to nearby village La Gaulette which has plenty of self catering rental options. 

     Most fancy hotels have restaurants.  You can find local food in the villages like La Gaulette or Belle Mare. Renting a car is easy but not a must since there are many buses and fairly cheap taxis around.

     Tired of kiting, but still with energy, there’s good SUP and surf conditions. You can also go skydiving, or go hiking up the Le Morne Brabant mountains.  Other attractions are swimming with dolphins,  visit  waterfalls, to name a few. 

South Africa

Aaron Hadlow – The Red Bull King Of The Air, Big Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Spots:

West Coast  Langebaan, Mulzenberg, Silverstroomstrand, Yzerfontein, Peraly’s Beach, Cape Sports Bay, Shark Bay, Hobie Beach, Swartriet, Shelley Point, Elands Bay, Jojo’s;

Cape Town – Melkbos, Hagkat, Big Bay, Kitebeach, Dolphin Beach, Rietvlei, Sunset Beach, Milnerton, Whitsands, Misty Cliffs, Scarborough, Platboom Bay, Glencairn, Fishhoek e Muizenberg;

Overberg – Macassar, Strand, Pringle Bay, Stony Point, Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hawston, Maanskyn Baai, Brandfontein, Suiderstrand, Struikbaai, Plaat, Kassiersbaai, Witsands;

Durban – Palm Beach, Scottburgh, Warner Beach, Durban Bluff, Bayhead, Vetch’s Beach, Durban Kitebeach, Umdloti South Side, Umdloti North Side, La Mercy Lagoon, Tinley Manor Beach, Richards Bay, Pelican Island Sodwana Bay.

Season: October | November | December January | February | March

 

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Namibia

Spots: 

Swakopmund Rivermouth, Tiger Reef, Cape Cross, Guns, Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay Speed Strip, Donkey Bay, Paaltjes, Lagoon 2, Guano Bay, Great Bay

 

Season: August | September | October | November | December

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Senegal

Spots: St Louis

Season: November | December | January | February | March | April | May | June

Madagascar

Spots: Babaomby

Season: April| May | June | July | August | September | October

 

Tanzania

Spots: Zanzibar

Season: June | July | August | September | October | December | January | February | March

Kenya

Spots: Galu Beach, Galu Reef, Diani Beach, Diani Reef, Tiwi Rivermouth, Tiwi Beach, Nyali Beach, Nyali Reef, Shanzu Beach, Kilifi Creek, Watamu Beach, Watamu Reef, Malindi Town, Malindi Bay, Mambrui Beach, Lamu Island.

Season: June | July | August | September | October | December | January | February | March

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