Donkey Bay kite spot in Erongo
Africa kitesurf spot in Namibia
Donkey bay aka Skeleton bay in Namibia is a wave spot for advanced kitesurfers only, with cross offshore wind and pumping swell in the middle of the Namibian desert. You’ll need a 4x4, and a local guide is helpful to find your way to Donkey bay without getting stuck in any sand dunes. Once you arrive on the beach you’ll find a surfing and wave kitesurfing paradise, with peeling left handers and strong wind, and most likely not many other people in sight. As it’s a remote spot you’ll definitely want to be comfortable with self rescue, as you are on your own if something goes wrong while kitesurfing. The waves generally are medium sized and are fast and powerful, so you’ll want to be confident riding in waves before you venture out kitesurfing at Donkey bay. It can also get really big on occasion, so on those days really be careful.
Kitesurfing wind conditions in Donkey Bay
The wind here blows nearly year round, but the strongest wind tends to be around September and October, when the speed kitesurfers and windsurfers descend on the nearby Walvis bay speed strip. It can get up to 45 knots here at times, so definitely a kite spot where you’ll want to have a small kite in the bag, but watch the forecast and check with the locals if you aren’t sure about conditions. The water here is generally a bit colder than in the lagoon at Walvis bay, so a decent wetsuit is definitely needed to keep toasty warm. The waves can get pretty large here with the right swell and wind, and they barrel in multiple places so definitely not a beginner friendly place to kitesurf, but advanced wave riders will love the challenge. As the wind here is difficult to forecast it’s well worth contacting the local kite schools and checking with them for their recommendations depending on the conditions.
Be aware of surfers here and give them right of way when riding waves, don’t be a dick and cut them up, as us kitesurfers can always get out and catch another wave quickly.
Wind Forecast for Donkey Bay
Wind Stats for Donkey Bay
in the afternoon, midday
long neo, short neo