Due to the unique habitat of Noordhoek lagoon, kite surfers will be required to find alternative spots for their activities, as stated by the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). The park has officially prohibited kite surfing within the lagoon area. Horse riders have also expressed concerns, citing the unsettling effect the kites have on their horses.
After receiving complaints and conducting consultations, TMNP has implemented restrictions on certain activities within the lagoon. Initially, signs prohibiting kite boarding were erected but later removed. However, TMNP has reevaluated the situation and restated its decision that kite boarding is not allowed at Noordhoek lagoon in a recent statement.
This decision has been thoroughly considered, taking into account SANParks’ conservation mandate and the best interests of all users. The lagoon serves as a rare habitat and sanctuary for roosting birds, which have been displaced from rocky shore roosts due to excessive human disturbances. It also plays a crucial role as a breeding ground for the endangered African Black Oystercatcher, supports breeding pairs of White-fronted Plover, and serves as a significant “commuting zone” for Cape Clawless Otters as they travel between the sea and the Noordhoek wetlands.
There is a risk that the dune ecosystem could be disrupted, leading to erosion if the vegetation is stripped away. TMNP hopes that despite potential resistance from the kite boarding community, they will rally behind the decision in order to preserve this precious ecosystem.
Cape Town has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most popular destinations for kite surfing due to its consistently strong winds.