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South Africa

South Africa



South Africa has a generally temperate climate, due in part to being surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides, by its location in the climatically milder Southern Hemisphere and due to the average elevation rising steadily towards the north (towards the equator) and further inland. Due to this varied topography and oceanic influence, a great variety of climatic zones exist. The climatic zones range from the extreme desert of the southern Namib in the farthest northwest to the lush subtropical climate in the east along the Mozambique border and the Indian Ocean. Winters in South Africa occur between June and August.

The extreme southwest has a climate remarkably similar to that of the Mediterranean with wet winters and hot, dry summers, hosting the famous fynbos biome of shrubland and thicket. This area also produces much of the wine in South Africa. This region is also particularly known for its wind, which blows intermittently almost all year. The severity of this wind made passing around the Cape of Good Hope particularly treacherous for sailors, causing many shipwrecks. Further east on the south coast, rainfall is distributed more evenly throughout the year, producing a green landscape. This area is popularly known as the Garden Route.

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Port Elizabeth

Harbour protected by a breakwater. Algoa Bay yacht club walk ons, resturant and pub great meeting place for old salts. very protected bay from the ocean great playground for all sizes of yachts and boats never overcrowded, fishing excellent good winds for sail.
13 Jun 14

East London

Port .
12 Feb 12

Mossel Bay

Port protected by a breakwater.
12 Feb 12

Cape Agulhas

Border between Atlantic ocean and Indian ocean.
8 Jan 09

Saldanha Bay

Harbor protected by a breakwater.
12 Feb 12

Dassen Island

Magnifique réserve naturelle et une zone protégée abritant plusieurs colonies de pingouins.
31 Jul 11

Cape Town

Harbor protected by a breakwater.
12 Feb 12


12 Jan 08


Small port protected by a breakwater.
12 Feb 12

Durban Bluff Yacht Club

Tout au fond du port de commerce, le Bluff Yacht Club.A good stop over spot for running repairs or just to unwind clear the salt. Great bunch of members ever willing to help with what ever. public transport is non existing, can be a problem but then the live on board members ...
13 Jun 14


Large harbor protected by a breakwater.
23 Jun 14


...Marina dans le port de commerce de Durban y a un autre "club de voile" tout au sud... "Bluff Yacht Club"
27 Nov 13

Richards Bay

Harbor protected by a breakwater.
12 Feb 12


12 Feb 12


Lüderitz is located on the only part of the Namibian coast with a rocky shore not far from the old town of Kolmanskop. A peninsula with numerous coves, locally called fjords and bays, juts out of the coast at an angle to form the bay proper. Three small islands -- Penguin, Seal and ...
22 Jul 14

Shark Island (Namibia)

Shark Island, or German Haifischinsel, is a small island off the coastal city of Lüderitz in Namibia which is used as a campsite for tourists.
16 Jan 09


The Namibian coast of the Kalahari desert stretches for more than 400 kilometers. There are many beaches filled with sand dunes.
22 Aug 15


Port pour Ferry.
14 Feb 12

Walvis Bay

12 Feb 12

Pelican Point Lighthouse

Pelican Point is the northern end of a long, low-lying peninsula of barren dune sand that forms the western side of Walvis Bay, protecting the bay from the Atlantic Ocean. In 1915 a small lantern was mounted on a wooden pole to mark the extremity of the peninsula. The present cast-iron ...
15 Jan 09

Swakopmund Lighthouse

Swakopmund was founded in 1892, by Captain Curt von François.On 4 August 1892 the crew of a gunboat named Hyäne (German for Hyena) erected two beacons on a large dune, probably in the vicinity of the present lighthouse. This is regarded as the founding date of Swakopmund. 
15 Jan 09

Cape Cross

En 1486, l'explorateur portugais Diego Cao, premier européen à fouler le sol de la Namibie, dresse une croix en hommage au roi Jean 1er du Portugal. D'où le nom de Cap Cross.
Aujourd'hui,  Cap Cross est réputée pour sa colonie d'otaries à fourrure. Leur nombre fluctue ...
17 Jan 09


14 Feb 12
Local Area

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, ...
6 Apr 12


1 Jan 70

NW Madagascar

Cette côte qui a toujours ressenti l'appel du large, déroule ses plages et ses criques le long d'une mer où se détachent des semis d'îles de bout du monde.
Sur cette côte du NW, également appelée Côte Des Îles Vierges, la mer et le climat sont favorables à la navigation ...
27 Oct 10


La République de Madagascar est un État insulaire, situé dans la partie occidentale de l'océan Indien, au large de l'Afrique de l'est dont il est séparé par le canal du Mozambique, large de 400 km. Sa capitale est Tananarive (Antananarivo).La grande île de 1600 km de long et ...
6 Apr 12


Située dans l'hémisphère sud, entre l'équateur et le tropique du Capricorne, à l'entrée du Canal du Mozambique, à mi-chemin entre
Madagascar et l'Afrique, Mayotte est à environ 1500 kms de La Réunion, 8000 kms de la métropole et 400 kms de la Tanzanie. Petit archipel ...
7 Apr 12


Les îles Crozet (352 km²) sont composées de cinq îles volcaniques. La plus élevée culmine à 1050 m. Le climat est typique de la zone subantarctique, particulièrement venteux (les vents dépassent les 100 km/h cent jours par an) et pluvieux, avec une température moyenne de
5°C.L'archipel ...
6 May 14
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