Watersports are a prominent part of South African outdoor culture and adventurers are spoiled for choice.

Did you know?

  • South Africa has 2 500km of coastline

South Africa offers a wide range of mostly year-round coastal and inland watersports.

Surfing in Jeffrey's Bay, waterskiing at the Vaal Dam, scuba diving in Sodwana Bay, Kitesurfing on the west coast and sailing in Cape Town and Durban, are just a few of the famous watersports attractions the country has to offer.

Because of South Africa's warm climate, watersports are not limited to any particular season.

South Africa's three major coastal cities; Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, all offer a variety of offshore watersports, as do many of the towns in between. Just bear in mind that the waters of South Africa's west coast are a lot colder than those of the east coast and that a wetsuit is therefore advisable.

Any one wanting to learn how to scuba dive will not struggle to find an instructor. Even the landlocked city of Johannesburg has several courses available.

Inland watersports are a part of South African weekend culture and thus equipment and tour operators are not hard to come by.

Waterskiing, wakeboarding, wind-surfing and jet-skiing are all popular activities at major dams around the country. These include Bronkhorstspruit Dam, Sterkfontein Dam, Kwaggaskloof Dam, Rondevlei Dam, Midmar Dam and Albert Falls Nature Reserve, as well as the Vaal Dam of course.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Phone the South Afircan Tourism office on +27 (0)11 895 3 000

Best time to visit

South Africa watersports are performed the whole year round.

Get around

Having your own vehicle will allow you to travel more freely.

What to pack

Sunscreen lotion is essential during the summer months from November to April.

Where to stay

There are numerous beach resorts, hotels and lodges inland where one can enjoy watersports.