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Overview

Ride the peak swell season in the surfing Mecca of South Africa

This six week South African Road trip, situated in peak swell season, is the perfect way to see all that the South African coastline has to offer. The stretch of coast from Cape Town to Durban boasts hundreds of world-class waves, some right on the road and others off-the-beaten-track. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced surfer, you'll leapfrog your surfing to a new dimension and gain a deeper insight into this wonderfully diverse country. The epic combination of world-class waves, seasoned local guides and professional surf coaches make for an unbeatable South African road trip experience. 

However, it's not all about the surf, as you'll also have time to explore the best of what each location has to offer travellers, including a spot of bungee jumping, a hike up Table Mountain or a safari game drive. 

Riders also help out with several carefully selected projects, meaning you'll get the chance to give something back to the local community and gain more insight into South Africa at the same time. Rest assured that Ticket to Ride always supports sustainable projects, with a focus on the long-term benefits, so expect to get involved with schemes for the underprivileged youth in South Africa, as well as pressing environmental and medical issues. 

What to Expect

On this trip the main focus is surfing! July through to August is the best time for swell in South Africa, as there are big groundswells that march up the coast. You'll get coached by some of South Africa’s best coaches, including two national coaches, ensuring that your surfing continuously improves. The coaches will use both in-water and beach coaching, and the range of perspectives you get from the different coaches will help to ensure that all aspects of your surfing are covered.

This trip is not exclusive to surfers with experience, as you'll always be coached to your ability thanks to our deep pool of resources in South Africa. 

Master the basics

  • Paddling / wave catching
  • Negotiating the lineup to get to the back
  • The “Pop Up”
  • Speed control & trimming
  • Basic turning
  • Surf etiquette

Rapid Progression

  • Linking turns and generating speed
  • Developing style and flow
  • Introduction to different types of breaks
  • Introduction to more advanced surfing
  • Video and photo analysis

Ocean Awareness

  • Swell prediction course
  • Beach and ocean safety
  • Surf fitness

Also included

  • The opportunity to climb Table Mountain
  • Time with the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
  • The chance to conquer the world’s highest bungee jump
  • A tour of a surfboard factory
  • The chance to ride the Flow Rider
  • Safari game drive
  • Wine tasting tour

What's Included


  • Airport Transfers

  • Surf Camp Accommodation

  • Trip Leaders For Duration

  • Video Surf Analysis

  • All Surf Lessons

  • Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches

  • All Surf Transport

  • Surf Hire

  • Welcome Meal

  • Involvement In Community Projects

  • Photos Of Your Surfing

  • Additional Excursions And Activities

  • Shared Accommodation

  • Optional Food Add On

  • Free WiFi

Trip Timeline

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Cape Town

    Settle in, master the basics of surfing and help out in the townships.

  • Jeffreys Bay

    Surf world-class waves all day and help with environmental projects.

  • Cintsa

    Get out of the town and start to explore the fringes of the Wild Coast with its many waves and breathtaking scenery.

  • Coffee Bay

    Go back in time and enjoy simple South Africa.

  • Durban

    Enjoy the buzz of South Africa’s ‘Surf City’ and its invitingly warm waters.

  • Ballito

    Enjoy the raw power of the North Coast, refine your surfing for the future and start to reflect on your trip.

Course Video

What past riders say


FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

Book your flight to Cape Town International Airport and leave from Durban Airport (also known as King Shaka International Airport).

The surfboard hire is included for the first couple of weeks (i.e. Trip 1 - Cape Town). After this the group goes to Lifestyle Surf Shop and purchase boards (please budget £200-£300 for this). By this point the team have seen you surf and can help with the choosing process, to ensure you're on the best board for you.

Surfboards are much cheaper in South Africa, so worth buying out there with the team. If you don't want the board at the end of the trip, you can probably sell it for around the same price you bought it as it's worth more at home. However, most people get quite attached :)

When we get to Durban we also have a tour (included) of the Clayton Surfbard Factory, including a talk with shapers, it's really interesting and you learn a huge amount about boards.

Wetsuits are included in Cape Town as well, but we reccommend bringing your own (3:2mil will be best). Wetsuits are cheaper at home (so the opposite to boards). If you need one then I'd suggest looking on www.surfdome.com. Having your own is far nicer than using a rental as well.

Minimum a week and maximum two weeks, long enough to start to feel at home, but short enough that you'll wish for a few more days at each stop!

The South Africa Rand (ZAR), which is a relatively stable but weak currency means that drinks and eating out will be cheap for most people.

As with anywhere in the world, and worse than some, South Africa has its fair share of crime. That's why you have your Trip Leaders with you, as they know the ins and outs of all the areas we visit to ensure your safety. Once in South Africa it won't even cross your mind.

This of course varies from trip to trip, with the maximum being 25. Saying that we generally have around 15 people including two Trip Leaders, which means you can really get to know each other and don't crowd out the surf spots at the same time!

This also varies from trip to trip, as we have quite a few people who are on their gap years, as well as various people in their twenties and up to their early 30's, who are looking to improve their surfing and travel around South Africa.

For most countries South African immigration will issue you with a holiday visa on arrival. This visa is free of charge and valid for 90 days. If you will be staying longer than 90 days, please inform us early on so we can help you apply for your extension in Cape Town. The 90 day holiday visas are only issued on the grounds that you have proof of return/onward travel out of South Africa. Please do double check with your embassy before departing for South Africa and check out the latest Foreign Travel Advice by going to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Before you leave for South Africa please go and see your local GP, to get the appropriate vaccinations. It is important to do this in good time and we would suggest sorting this at least four weeks before you leave. For more information, please check out the following websites Fit for Travel – www.fitfortravel.nhs.co.uk and The World Health Organisation – www.who.int. If travelling to Mozambique you will need malaria medication.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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