Power Boating in South Africa

South Africa’s extensive rivers, dams and coastlines provide an excellent playground for power boating enthusiasts.

The roar of the engines as you power across the waters surface is a feeling that has attracted a huge following. South African power boating offers fantastic opportunities to view whales, dolphins and seals that grace South Africa's shores. The combination of mountains, sea, rivers, wind and fantastic climate is the complete recipe for power boating in South Africa.

Did you know? Simon's Town is the main base for the South African Navy with its modern fleet in clear view. If you're lucky you may even see a Frigate or Strike-Craft leaving the harbour.

Regardless of the location you choose to enjoy power boating in South Africa, this beautiful country promises a fantastic and relaxing time with magnificent views. Enjoy the day soaking up the sun, sipping on a cold drink and admiring the stunning scenery with friends and family.

With numerous fantastic sandy beaches, Cape Town is a magnificent spot for power boating. From power boating trips out to the historically fascinating Robben Island, to power boating in the dams near Franschhoek, your South Africa power boating experience will be a combination of excitement and awe at the stunning scenery around you.

The best time to go power boating is during the whale season. Every year, the magnificent Southern Right Whales migrate to the coastline to mate and calve. Power boating gives you the perfect opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in all their glory up close and personal (see whale watching).

Knysna boasts picturesque scenery and an abundance of estuaries and lagoons perfect for power boating. Observe the indigenous forests and shimmering waters. Be adventurous and travel up to the magnificent and wild ‘The Heads’. If you do not own your own power boat, Knysna has a few power boating trips that travel along the beautiful lagoon up to ‘The Heads’.

East London is South Africa's only river port and is set on both the broad Buffalo River and Nahoon River with the Gonubie River flowing around it. It is a power boating enthusiasts playground and has fantastic views as well as ideal settings for some power boating fun.

For those who enjoy power boating races and shows, be sure not to miss the trans Agulhas Challenge in Cape Town and the annual National Boat Show in Gauteng.

Bird lovers will love the Barberspan Bird Sanctuary - a massive 2000 ha body of water located between Delareyville and Sannieshof. It is a sanctuary to over 365 different species of birds. Come and observe magnificent pelicans, flamingo, grebes, terns, herons, cranes, ibis and bitterns to mention a few.

South Africa is a power boating mecca with so many beautiful and exciting locations to choose from. Make sure to include South African power boating in your next South African holiday.

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