5 Reasons why you should try Watersports – and where to go to find a Unique Aqua Adventure

Watersports are a hugely popular pastime for many South Africans who make the most of our warm climate to get out there, have fun, make memories, and get wild and wet.

A few reasons why watersports are so popular include the fact that they’re great fun, they’re good exercise out in the fresh air (making it good for the mind and the body), they’re a great activity for all ages (with something on offer for almost everyone), they offer a sense of freedom, and you can find places to do watersports inlands and at the coast – anywhere that offers rivers, dams, and of course, the ocean.

If you have always wanted to try watersports but are unsure of how, or where, to get started, or if you are already a watersports fan but wondering where to go to enjoy your next memorable aqua adventure then look no further than Velddrif in the Bergrivier region – the Adventure Capital of the West Coast.

This beautiful area – right on Cape Town’s doorstep and known for its open spaces and dramatic landscapes – boasts some of the most pristine and untouched nature reserves, wetlands, lagoons, rivers, mountain landscapes and more. The hugely popular West Coast town of Velddrif, which hugs the banks of the beautiful Berg River, is a watersports mecca!

Some of the watersport activities on offer here include fishing – both ocean and river; stand up paddling; skiing; wind surfing; surfing at Dwarskersbos; canoeing and kayaking – either with your own equipment or with Canoe & Kayak World or Berg River Kayaks; paddle boating in the Port Owen Marina; sailing with Port Owen Sailing Charters; or river cruises up the Berg River with Cracklin’ Rosie River Tours or Knot Xtreme Bergrivier Boat Cruises.

Places to stay in Velddrif that offer access to the water to engage in your favourite watersports include Happy Campers on the Berg River with campers enjoying their own private jetty’s; the Kliphoek River Resort with a slip way to launch your boat; Knorvarkie, another gem on the banks of the Berg River; Kuifkopvisvanger, also on the banks of the river; the Stywelyne Beach Resort in Laaiplek right next to the beach; as well as the Dwarskersbos Beach Resort, right on the beach in Dwarskersbos.

This lovely town is also one of the most popular bird-watching sites in South Africa, with the tidal mudflats and salt marshes presenting more than 220 species of birds – including rare waders seldom seen elsewhere. Top bird watching spots in the area include Rocher Pan, the historic Bokkomlaan, Rooibaai, and Laaiplek harbour. Take a cruise on one of the local boats and go further up the Berg River for the best bird watching experience.

When it comes to watersport options in the Bergrivier area, visitors are truly spoilt for choice and there is a reason that the area has been dubbed as the Adventure Capital of the West Coast. For more information on the Bergrivier regiom and where to go for your next watersport adventure, as well as other things to see and do, visit https://bergriviertourism.co.za/

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