Cape Town, one of the windiest and most extraordinary places in the world. Maybe it is the thrill of standing at the edge of the world, maybe the way the oceans pound the obstacles in their path, but there is something about the Western Cape that sparks wanderlust. A last gasp of land, framed by sea. Rumbling and rippling, the waves move above the rising floor of the deep sea, from dark-blue water into a troubled green. On our second day of the road trip along Cape Town’s rugged coastline, we spent hours watching surfers chasing waves and filling their lungs with sea spray.
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In Table View – a beach famous for the view on the iconic Table Mountain – we fell in love with a group of kite surfers performing incredible freestyle jumps suspended between sky and sea. In the Langebaan Lagoon, an hour north-west of Table View, we learned the first steps of a wanna-be kitesurfer. With its bright blue shallow waters, Langebaan is one of the biggest lagoons in the world and the best place to learn to kitesurf.
If you are not a sporty person you can enjoy a swim (water here is much warmer compared to the ocean) and a visit to the West Coast National Park, South Africa: the raw, authentic side of the Western Cape. This wilderness area surrounds the lagoon and is home to a variety of animals including elands, mountain zebras, steenboks, African wild cats and different kinds of antelopes. In August and September, the rugged scrub of the West Coast National Park erupts into a rainbow of colourful wildflowers.
Insider tip: stop by the Seeberg viewpoint, for the best vistas in the park.
Park entrance fee: R80 adult / R40 child.
A blood red horizon highlighting the black silhouette of a kite. To soak in this last breath-taking view we headed to Big Bay – the best spot to see the huge African sun dropping into the deep wild ocean.
Insider tip: stop for a sundowner – happy hour – at the laidback Blue Peter and sit on the grass enjoying the sunset while listening to some amazing live music.
Visitors often ask about safety on the road in South Africa. If you don’t feel comfortable renting a car in Cape Town, you can hire a private guide, joining a small specialist tour and ordering Uber taxis. If you want to know more about driving in South Africa check out our article >>
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