I jumped a flight from Lusaka Zambia to Cape Town via Windhoek, Namibia. I arrived in Cape Town late evening and was met by my prearranged shuttle to my guest house in Bloubergstrand. Blouberg is about 20 to 30 minutes north of the airport along the coast and is a mecca for surfing, windsurfing and of course, kitesurfing… the whole reason I was heading to the Cape. I got a really good deal through booking.com for the Sir David Boutique Guesthouse which is only a short walk kite beach. The Sir David provides full breakfast and its very good. My first morning, I walked along the beachfront down to the Cabrinha shop to buy some products and get a feel for the lay of the land. Cabrinha South Africa is situated in the Eden on the Bay plaza right on the beachfront. I bought some products including my first WOO device and got all the information I needed about kiting. Cabrinha has a compressor and a customer locker for your stuff, as well as situated in the middle of all the restaurants and pubs. I was able to kite 4 of the 6 days in the Cape on my 10m which is pretty awesome considering I went at the end of windy season.
There are lots of excursions to do in the Cape and I was able to do some of them when not kiting. I did book shark cage diving which is a 2.5 hour out of the city, but unfortunately the winds were more in favour of kiting and when I arrived at Shark Lady very early in the morning we weren’t able to dive. We turned around and went back to cape. Considering we had wasted 5 hours of driving in the wee hours of the morning, the drive back redeemed itself as the clouds were flowing over the peaks of the mountains like dry ice and made for the most beautiful scenery.
Since I couldn’t go shark diving I chartered a chopper to take me around the city one morning. We took off at 7am and got to fly around the city as the sun peaked over the mountains. It was pretty awesome because considering all the flying I do, I have only been in a chopper once before. After the chopper I hired my driver to take me down to Simons Town to Boulder Beach, which is famous for penguins. This was pretty awesome as well because typically I associate penguins with snow and not chillin’ out on the beach.
Cape Town is known for its wineries and although I didn’t get tire to go visit them, I did have my fair share of drinking SA wine. I want to go back and check out the wineries as well as some other things, but it’s very hard to do when it’s windy and you are hauling 30kg of gear around the world specifically to kite!
Here is a teaser video of my trip to Cape Town: