For an entirely novel experience, locals and visitors alike are invited to try their hand at sailing on the pristine waters of the Theewaterskloof Dam, just outside Cape Town in the Western Cape Province. As one of the largest freshwater dams in the country, this is a significant attraction in its own right.
Its magnificent positioning, spectacular surrounds and close proximity to the cultural hub of the Mother City, as Cape Town is often known, only make it an even more irresistible tourist attraction.
The Theewater Sailing Academy provides training for all age groups and fitness levels. They also provide formal, long-term classes for local residents or once-off tours for international tourists and corporate groups. The wind and water conditions are varied enough to provide a range of experiences, depending on the day of your excursion. Dinghies are used as they are safe and provide the best sailing experience.
Formal tours are conducted for day tourists through the lovely Winelands for which the Cape are so acclaimed on a global scale. Being nestled within the Riviersonderend (River Without an End) Valley, it is ideally situated for visitors to explore the farmlands and mountains from the tranquillity of the water.
Learning about the first settlers, how the soil and climate affects the vines, and the exceptional wine labels that come out of this part of the world will complete the South African experience for any local or international tourist.
Nearby accommodation is plentiful, ranging from country-style B&B’s in the surrounding areas of Grabouw, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Riviersonderend, to trendy boutique hotels in Cape Town, and everything in-between.
Those with an addiction to adrenalin will, no doubt, relish the opportunity to head out into 20-knot winds on the Hobie Cats. These are high performance boats that, while small, are powerful, and can achieve speeds of just over 60 kilometres an hour, which is no small feat on the water. Adventures include being suspended from the mast cable by a trapeze harness, parallel to the water. Prepare to get very wet!
Team building initiatives usually require something novel and exciting to keep the members of the team engaged. Theewater Sailing Academy has put together packages that are tailored to the needs of their corporate clients, while always keeping it fun and dynamic. Team building through sailing has had proven success. This is not surprising, as sailing requires team work, effort, initiative and accountability – all qualities of an efficient, cohesive team.
The Theewater Sports Club is an affiliate of the Sailing Academy, making its facilities available to them. Therefore, other water-based sporting activities can also be part of the experience. These include canoeing, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, angling, kite surfing, and so on.
Sailing on the Theewater Dam is a memorable experience for friends, families, couples and even individuals that want to get the most out of the natural South African beauty without having to travel very far from the city centre. The Cape Town International Airport is less than an hour’s drive away, and the entire region is abundant in restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, lodges, historical attractions, and much more.
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