Explore this amazing country
You will quickly adapt to the South African ease. Nevertheless most of us enjoy staying active during the holidays – doing sports and some sightseeing. SUNSET LOFT is the perfect hub for a wide range of activities – better think about staying for at least six weeks to try every possibility offered around! :-)
The focus lies of course on water sports but Cape Town is also a paradise for golfing, running, paragliding, yoga, cycling horseback riding and much much more!
Lets talk about windsurfing
For sure one of the most interesting spots in the world with:
- constant wind (we love the famous southeaster!)
- waves for beginners as well as waves for pros
- a flat water lake behind the house
- and a flat water lagoon an hour drive away!
In general the area around Cape Town offers superb wind and kitesurf spots with conditions that vary from spot to spot.
In order to surf a spot down at the Cape you should start early, sometimes the wind becomes quite strong later in the day. The most popular of these spots is “Platboom” because of its superb conditions for wave riding amidst its amazing setting.
The area between the City of Cape Town and Melkbos is called Table Bay. In its center is Sunset Beach where SUNSET LOFT is situated. The wind blows sideoff to sideonshore from the left. The waves vary according to how far they have travelled and you will get a swell between 1 and 5 meters, very seldom there is no wave at all. Sunset beach is normally the first spot that works when the southeaster starts blowing. Here you find some very clean but short waves – perfect for wave riding.
The waves brake rather close to the beach and are therefore easier to predict. If the wind gets too strong you should travel further north where the wind decreases and the waves become bigger. Big Bay is a good option if you are looking for a spot that offers great conditions for both waveriding and jumping. At the Van Riebeck beach near Melkbos (15 min. drive from the house) you find nice and steep waves and a lot of space.
An other option is Langebaan, a beautiful lagoon about 100 km north of Cape Town. Here you surf in quite warm and shallow water with no waves at all, perfect for beginners and freestyle action. This is only a small selection of what South Africa has to offer in terms of windsurfing. There are many more spots so bring enough time to see them all.
Some useful facts about windsurfing in South Africa: Most of the time we surf small waveboards and sails between 4.0 and 5.3. The mixture of cold water and hot air makes a 4/3 surfing wetsuit a good choice.
Let's talk about Kitesurfing
The good thing about sunset beach is that the beach is not just big but it is huge! An ideal place for a downwinder…
Like everywhere else Cape Town has undergone a massive growth in the kitesurfing population and it´s no wonder, Cape Town offers superb conditions. Most of the kitesurfers are at dolphin beach about a 5 min drive from the house. There are nearly no windsurfers, the wind blows constantly and slightly sideonshore. The far stretched beach offers space for everybody.
Novices are normally a bit further upwind whereas the cracks surf right in front of the parking. The standards are quite high in South Africa, as a lot of professionals come here in the European winter for training purposes. There is always a spot where the wind is strong enough for kiting.
Lets talk about Surfing & Standup Paddling
It´s the best thing to start a day with! Easy waves or bigger waves are waiting for you and your boards. It is a perfect warm up for the windsurf or kiting session later in the day…
Surfing is a national sport in South Africa, everybody does it: young, old, male and female everywhere and all year round. The waves are generally at their biggest between April and October. During these months the swell can become huge.
During the summer months between November and March the swell is normally a lot smaller and less consistent but still very often superb and there is always a wave running somewhere. From October till November and March till April you often have very good big but not too chaotic conditions.
Lets talk about Yoga
You are already an enthusiastic yogi or want to start practicing Yoga? Yvonne de Kock teaches at Sunset Beach Yoga Center – she is certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and absolutely amazing, amazing, amazing. Wether you are a beginner or addicted to yoga for years – her classes will make a difference in your practice. Only a 5 minutes drive!
The list of things to do and places to visit is endless and you might already have an idea what you really want to see. However, SUNSET LOFT is the ideal hub for all activities listed below.
Within 50 meters
TO-DO’s WITHIN 50 METER
Sunset Beach is a world class kite- and windsurfing spot. So if there is wind, there is a big show going on and you are invited!
- world-class surfing at Sunset Beach
- walks or runs on the endless white beach
- enjoying stunning views onto Cape Town and the Table Mountain
- sitting in the front row for the amazing sunsets – no wonder why it’s called Sunset Beach ;-)
- yoga or your own fitness program on the beach or in the garden
And if you are lucky you might also catch sight of a group of whales or dolphins!
Within 5 kilometers
TO-DO’s WITHIN 5 KILOMETER
- learn Windsurfing or work on your freestyle skills on Rietvlei, a sweet water and flatwater lake at the Milnerton Aquatic Club
- Milnerton Golf Club next to the house is a first class 18 whole golf course
- for those who still haven’t had enough workout with all the sports on the water or on the beach – the Fitness Center Virgin Active Health Club is a 5 min drive away
- Yvonne de Koeck teaches amazing yoga classes at Sunset Beach Yoga Center
By the way: With all this sporty activities you might maybe need to see a real good physiotherapist – we can highly recommend Fransien Rossouw! Here practice is just around the corner here at Sunset Beach!
Within 50 kilometers
TO-DO’s WITHIN 50 KILOMETER
Let us list here some of our favourites…
- A hike on Table Mountain on of the various trails (our favourite way up is the India Venster route) is a must! You could also use the cablecar to get on the top or down! A nice thing is also to watch the sunrise and begin the day with a breakfast on Table Mountain.
- Lion’s Head with it’s stunning views over the city and the ocean should also be on your list!
- A little secret tip from us: As Table Mountain and Lion’s head are sometimes a bit busy and crowded (mainly on the weekends) think about climbing Devil’s Peak, the characteristic “left side” from table mountain. Here you are mostly almost alone and can enjoy a 360 degree view over the Western Cape!
- A trip to the Cape of Good Hope is just amazing! In addition to the stunning scenery you can meet some baboons and ostriches very close. When you go up early you can link this trip with a drive along the coast of false bay and visit Simonstown with the famous penguins on Boulder Beach, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg…
- The South African wines are superb! Go on a wine tour and take the chance of a wine tasting that is offered from all of the wineries around Franschoek, Stellenbosch or Constantia. Most of them have also outstanding restaurants – we hope our restaurant guide will help you a little bit with your choice.
- If you feel like discovering the vibrant megacity of Cape Town park your car at Long Street or Kloof Street and stroll around the shops and cafés in the city center.
Also watch out the Capetownmagazine providing some real good information about Cape Town and upcoming events.
And please don’t hesitate to ask us everything you want to know! We are always happy to help you!