South Africa’s Mother City is one of the best destinations and one the most beautiful places for sea kayaking. Kayaking in Cape Town offers an amazing opportunity to explore the lovely creatures that inhabit the deep blue waters including penguins, whales, dolphins, and dozens types of fish species from a kayak. Of course, there is an abundance of excellent places to paddle in and around Cape Town and here are our top picks.
1 Hout Bay
A lovely secluded bay surrounded with picturesque mountains, Hout Bay is an ideal place for travelers who are new to kayaking. You will have an opportunity to explore the Sea Island where seals and playful dolphins can be easily spotted. You may even run into a few whales. Travelers can also visit the Sentinel, a surfer’s paradise where waves are up to 20 feet high.
Vacationers who are interested in paddling across the sparkling waters in a kayak and admire the charming sea cliffs and sea life should definitely head out to Hermanus. Hire an experienced guide and explore the waters of the Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary. In case you are visiting between June and December, you will surely see dozens of southern right whales here in Hermanus. Sightings of seals, penguins, and dolphins while kayaking are quite frequent.
3 Simon’s Town
Paddling in a kayak is one of the best ways to experience the lovely False Bay coastline. The Boulders Beach with its colony of South African Penguins is definitely one of the highlights here and instead of searching for a good viewing spot on the coast among hundreds of other tourists; you can simply admire these cute little creatures from the comfort of your kayak. Besides the popular Penguin Trip, you also have the Full Moon Rising Paddle Trip tour available in Simon’s Town.
4 Cape West Coast
Cape West Coasts boasts dozen of excellent places for kayaking including the charming open beaches close to the Berg River Mouth, the picturesque gardens of Paternoster, and Langebaan. Saldanha Bay is also a good place to paddle in a kayak, especially for beginners. This terrain also offers an abundance of amazing bird life, as well as fishing opportunities.
5 Eastern Cape
Kayaking in Cape Town is an unforgettable experience, but a visit to the Eastern Cape is also something that you should consider on your vacation. Head out to the Tsitsikamma and Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route to find over 200 km of lakes, lagoons, and forests. These beautiful terrains can be easily explored from a kayak and there is a chance you will spot southern right whales, as well as seals and dolphins.