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KKitesurfing at Bloubergstrand near Cape Town becomes increasingly popular every year, attracting professionals and enthusiasts from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, to name just a few of the most devoted.
Anyone wishing to take up this high-adrenalin activity will easily find an instructor in the Bloubergstrand area and get the hang of it within three or four lessons.
OOne unique feature about Bloubergstrand is the massive coal ship that ran aground off its shores in 2009. The 77m Turkish vessel has, according to local surfers and kitesurfers, enhanced conditions for water sports along this stretch of coastline, because of the way it redirects the waves and provides shelter from the wind.
There are of course many other great reasons besides water sports to visit Bloubergstrand, such as the amazing views across the Atlantic Ocean to Table Mountain, which stands proudly tall in the horizon.
Bloubergstrand is in fact Afrikaans for ‘blue mountain beach’, a reference to the scenery from its sandy beaches.
TThe beach is long and open, with ample space on the sand for beach sports such as touch rugby, soccer, frisbee and so on.
If you are looking for a more relaxing day out, have lunch or dinner at the Blue Peter Hotel, which is situated right next to the beach at Bloubergstrand. The outside deck looks particularly splendid when lit up in the evenings, providing the ideal romantic setting.
Some of the marine life that visitors to Bloubergstrand may catch a glimpse of includes various species of dolphin, Cape fur seals, as well as southern right whales.
Bloubergstrand is also a historic location, having hosted the famous Battle of Blaauwberg, in which British soldiers defeated their Dutch counterparts to gain control of the Cape colony in 1806.
Travel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)861 322 223
How to get here
From Cape Town, follow the R27 north along the West Coast. Bloubergstrand is approximately 20km from Cape Town.
Best time to visit
The summer months (October to April) are the warmest and driest months of the year.
What to pack
The ocean waters of the Western Cape are usually quite chilly, so a wetsuit is necessary for water sports.
Where to stay
Luxury accommodation is offered at the Blue Peter Hotel, which is right next to the beach.
What to eat
Local seafood like mussels are highly recommended.