Have been to CT a few times, and love it. However, to mix it up a bit, I am contemplating a road trip in December along the South African coast for 3 weeks
. Durban - Cape Town, round trip, with a week or so in CT. Plan is to be flexible and just look at the forecast and chase the wind/waves, and see as much of the coast & Garden Route as possible. On the way back, make a detour through the Karoo desert if worth it. Mostly looking for waves, but the occassional flat water lagoon or foil spot are more than welcome as well (bringing all the toys).
So, looking for advice from South African locals, or other people that have done a similar trip!
Potential stops identified so far:
- Durban area
- KZN South coast (Margate area)
- Coffee Bay
- East London / Kenton on Sea / Port Elisabeth (worth a stop? Haven't heard much good about those cities...)
- Jeffrey's Bay (any good kite spots there? or only surfing?)
- Knysna (looks beautiful - kiting / foiling spots inside the lagoon?)
- Still Bay area (East winds from CT reach this area (?) - if I remember the rumors correctly there are some sick waves spots with right-handers to be found?)
- Witsand / Hermanus etc. - been there, know more or less what to expect
?? - feel free to add/suggest any spot along the coast that is worth a stop!
So for these spots:
- Wind wise, what can I expect? Already pumping frequently along the coast, or still too early in the season to score some good sessions? Any local windpatterns that occur but won't show up on the forecasts? What to look out for in forecasts? I know I won't get the Cape Doctor conditions outside of CT, but am happy on my 9m & surf in 17-18 knots (and have foil as backup).
- Any must see/do things that I cannot miss? Especially "off the radar" spots, or local contacts along the lesser known parts of the coast are welcome. And any useful info about the Karoo desert (I remember reading something about a deserted straight high way that runs for miles & miles with quirky farmer-eateries that sell amazing lamb dishes? And beautiful night skies? Sounds worth the detour).
- Non-kiting things to do along the Garden Route - nice wineries/vineyards/places to eat etc.
- Safety issues
(OK to drive some parts after dark? Port Elisabeth/East London areas are safe? Or best to be avoided? Car parking while kiting?)
If anyone has any info, let me know (here, or through PM). Thanks in advance!