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South Africa

Postby ral » Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:04 pm

Has anyone been to South Africa, in particular Cape Town and Langebaan? We are flying into Cape Town and have two weeks and thinking of visiting both. Are there any other spots worth visiting in that area? Would spending a few days in Cape town and majority of our time in Langebaan be a good idea bearing in mind my girlfriend isnt too confident in waves yet.

Can anyone recommend some accomodation in langebaan? Close to the kite-able beaches etc.


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Re: South Africa

Postby Hong Kong Phooey » Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:16 am

Just got back from doing the same (SA trip number four)

Good plan. For langebaan we quite like Friday island - right on the beach (Mykonos bay); but there were a couple of duff rooms when we were there - probably sorted out by now.

Certainly for novices, it is worth driving round to Shark bay, in which case the b&bs/SC round that way might be a better option..

The Geelbek restaurant is highly recommended for lunch - it is at the southern end of the lagoon inside the reserve. Also book a lunch at die Strandloper - fantastic, and an experience! Langebaan might get a bit boring for more than a week, although with a car, there's lots of options, eg the Cederberg for climbing or Porterville for paragliding.

I cant recommend a week in CT highly enough. Blouberg can be a bit daunting if its big, but has no real traps. CT is just a really cool place to hang out (be security conscious as you would in most parts of the world)

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Re: South Africa

Postby JFB » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:30 am

Lucky Bastard! :)
In langabaan we always stay at the Smarties, small colored houses right on the kite spot and 3 minutes drive to Sharky bay, cross the road from Pearly's and other restaurant pubs.
In Cape town, blougberg, you have a lot of options, last year we stayed in a guest house 30 sec walk ( cross the street) from Big Bay! it was a blast! I will try to find you the contacts.

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Re: South Africa

Postby mutant » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:54 am

Just finished 2 months in Langebaan. The wind is so consistent you wont belive it. Many days of 25 to 35 knots at main beach. the water is generally choppy.
Shark bay is always less but provides warm shallow water. The sharks there are sand sharks, small and harmless.

For a quality meal go to Froggies, worth booking. For something cheaper try Pearlys, right on the beach. The nightlife is not much to speak of but after a days kiting in 30knots then a good braai (bbq) with a few beers is ample.
Large Peroni = R18 Bottle of local beer @ R12 Steak meal @R80

For surfing drive 1.25 hours North to Elands bay. For local information, try Cape sport Center and speak to Antony, very helpfull with good facilities. Accomodation can also be found through cape sport center.

Cape town is much livelier but the wind is not so consistent as Langebaan.

Windiest time is January. Enjoy your trip

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Re: South Africa

Postby raoul » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:56 am

Just out of interest:
- Is there any danger of sharks in these areas? I am not familiar with the sand sharks – are they really safe?
- What is the water temperature like?
- Which months are the best for kitesurfing there?

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Re: South Africa

Postby mathieu leheilleix » Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:03 pm

Hey there,

Best months: well whenever between Oct to March or April. 8)
We got wing last year until May but the best / safest months are probable Nov to Feb.

Sand sharks are no pb Dude: They are friendly and cannot harm. :P

Wetsuits / water temp: The water is freezing' in Cape Town (kite beach / sunset / big bay) therefore you will need a 4/3.
Langebaan is quite a bite warmer but I'll still recommend a 4/3 through.

If your girl friend is uncomfortable in waves, avoid kiting at kite beach where the swell can be very rough (with loads of kites on the water). :angryfire:
Big Bay has a section (close to the rocks) which is more sheltered from the swell therefore it could be worth a look.

Langebaan: No pb to kite there, no hazard (watch out for the out-coming tide in SE winds at main beach through).

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Re: South Africa

Postby Celine » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:36 pm

I would give windchasers a try in Langebaan. Just over the road from friday island - so you can still use their awesome baech bar - but windchasers just feels nicer, better value and more friendly.

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Re: South Africa

Postby zorgy » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:59 pm

You have puza moya lodge also, just in front off windchasers...

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Re: South Africa

Postby gipseysurfer » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:03 pm

watch out for rolling blackouts, the South African power grid has recently become completely overburdened.
the western Cape is not doing too well with this.
lot of the better restaraunts and hotels have emergency generators.
This is a recent occurence and the power is normally off for 2 1/2 hours in the evening every few days.

shud not affect kiting.


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Re: South Africa

Postby waiting4wind » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:38 pm

Stayed in" onclick=";return false; last November, on Honeymoon (!) and it was great. Right on the beach. You can launch 20-30 yards in front of your room (which look on to the Lagoon). Fabulous breakfast and the hosts are really friendly.
Shark bay definitely recommended for the inexperienced. Main area can be a bit choppy with very strong wind.

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