31 May 2014 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Yachting in South Africa

With its beautiful stretches of coastline, enjoying a yacht trip in South Africa is a great idea.

View at Gordon's Bay harbour, near Cape Town. Image courtesy of Randall Langenhoven, aka WITHIN the FRAME Photography

With fabulous views of coastal cities and the chance to get a little closer to some of our fantastic marine life, a yacht trip is a great way to experience South Africa – whether you take a charter trip or own your own yacht.

In Cape Town's Table Bay harbour you will find the exclusive Royal Cape Yacht Club (pictured below). Here you can enjoy delicious local cuisine at the private 'Galley' dining area before heading out to discover the Cape. The Royal Cape Yacht Club is a members' only club, but you are welcome to visit the club as a friend of a member, or you can take out a short-term membership while visiting Cape Town.

In Durban you'll find the Royal Natal Yacht Club (below). It is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Africa and the southern hemisphere and was constituted in the 1850s when it was known as the Durban Regatta Club. The club's history and the history of Durban are intrinsically linked and make for great conversation while relaxing on 'The Lawn' at the club after being out at sea or while enjoying a meal. Other activities at The Lawn include volleyball and a children's play area.

There's also the Point Yacht Club in Durban, whose facilities include Charlie's Bar (which is open to club members and guests), a swimming pool, braai (barbeque) facilities and a coffee shop offering free Wi-Fi for patrons.

Image courtesy of Paul Mack, aka Paulie M2010, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

During the sailing season, the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in Port Elizabeth offers competitive sailing every weekend, while Wednesdays are open to those who want to try their hand at sailing. Membership is open to anyone who actively participates in sailing and would like to join the club. The Chartroom (the club restaurant) is open to the general public as well as members, but a booking is required at least 24 hours prior to arriving for lunch or dinner.

In the scenic area of Knysna along the Garden Route you can enjoy magnificent views out on the water through a yacht charter with a local tour operator. Here you can go on sunset cruises, or even lunchtime trips. While in Knysna you can also enjoy an Oyster Tour in the Knysna lagoon (pictured below) with Knysna Charters – the tour received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

On the Knysna lagoon. Image courtesy of Stuart Parker, aka CapturingAfrica Journeys shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

Whether you choose to set sail for or from South Africa in your yacht, or whether you wish to spend some time on a yacht while in South Africa, there are a number of options to accommodate you. Sail on over and share your photos with our Love South Africa Flickr group – we can't wait to see what you experience.

Category: Adventure, Attractions

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