Explore the South African Coastline from Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay.
This four week South African trip is the perfect way to see highlights of the South African coastline. The stretch of coast from Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay boasts loads 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 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. This includes a spot of bungee jumping, a hike up Table Mountain and exploring Cape St Francis, checking out the iconic Bruce's Beauties Surf Spot from the Endless Summer.
What to Expect
Whether you're at the beginning of your surfing journey or already got some surfing skills, our four week South Africa Adventure with qualified surf instructors as Trip Leaders and local surf coaches will see your surfing reach next levels.
There is no such thing as not being good enough or even being too good at surfing to join this unique surf adventure course, as we have the resources to cater to everyone.
Master the basics
- Paddling / wave catching
- Negotiating the lineup to get to the back
- The “Pop Up”
- Speed control & trimming
- Basic turning
- Surf etiquette
- Linking turns and generating speed
- Developing style and flow
- Introduction to different types of breaks
- Introduction to more advanced surfing
- Video and photo analysis
- Swell prediction course
- Beach and ocean safety
- Surf fitness
- Welcome braai
- Surf rentals for the start of the trip (Cape Town)
- Coaching from South Africa's most highly regarded surf coaches
- Additional coaching from your Ticket to Ride Trip Leaders
- Small student to instructor ratios
- Getting coached on world-class consistent waves
- A surfboard and swell talk
- Return airport transfers
- Full UK support pre-departure
- The opportunity to climb Table Mountain
- Visit to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
- The chance to conquer the world’s highest bungee jump
- A visit to the Cape Winelands for wine tasting
- Explore Cape St Francis
Giving something back to the local community is a central part of each Rider’s experience in South Africa and overall adventure with Ticket to Ride. Each project underlines Ticket to Ride’s commitment to leaving a positive lasting impact on the host country, whilst also giving you the chance to do your bit for the local community.
Ticket to Ride Community Projects include:
- Waves for Change in Cape Town
- Volunteering at a children's community centre in Jeffreys Bay
- Regular beach clean ups
Surf Camp Accommodation
Trip Leaders For Duration
Video Surf Analysis
All Surf Lessons
Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches
All Surf Transport
Involvement In Community Projects
Photos Of Your Surfing
Optional Food Add On
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
After getting picked up at the airport, you'll head to your beachfront accommodation and get settled into a big welcoming braai (BBQ). The order of the week will then be daily morning and afternoon surf lessons, with extra activities slotting into your itinerary as and when. Expect to receive the full Cape Town experience, get professional coaching every day and check out the best that Cape Town has to offer with your knowledgeable tour guides.
Jeffreys Bay is a magical place and fully deserves its reputation as the Mecca of surfing with some of the world’s best right hand point breaks on offer. You'll be coached by the best throughout your stay, as the current South Africa surf team coach Etienne Venter, will be correcting and fine-tuning your surfing, during early dawnies or evening glass-offs. When giving the arms a rest, you'll explore Cape St Francis enjoy and have the opportunity to conquer the world's highest bridge bungee jump!
What past riders say
I had a wicked time and even extended my trip by adding on three weeks in Mozambique. The staff are all awesome! Ticket to Ride have a great team and the people we met along the way were all amazing as well. Loved the surf, loved the stops and will miss it for sure!Tia Seymour
I was totally bored of working a normal 9-5 office job in cold, wet England, so I decided to have a look at learning some new skills while traveling. Ticket to Ride seemed to provide me with my dream trip, so I signed up straight away. Traveling a beautiful wave filled country like South Africa has been insane. It didn’t just live up to my expectations, it smashed them to pieces. I made friends with some of the best people (and a few animals) I've ever met.
Along the way, I learnt a lot about the crazy world and myself. This trip has genuinely changed me and given me two new qualifications I never really thought I’d ever have! The guys and girls I’ve met and those who work for Ticket to Ride are beyond incredible and I hope they’re proud of the ‘lekker’ work they’re doing. Thank you!Ryan Webb
The level of coaching was world-class and my surfing improved a huge amount. Thanks!Tim
The team, trip and course genuinely ticks all the right boxes for me. A dream come true.Lily
JBay is such an awesome place. We stayed right on the beach, so we’d just wake up and go for a surf at sunrise, hang out with a few dolphins, head back to the hostel, knock back a few cheeky drinks and then have another surf in the afternoon.
Etienne, our surf coach was amazing! He knew exactly what you needed to do to improve and I found myself standing up on waves that I thought would always be out of my reach.
I definitely want to go back one day, perhaps take on the super tubes with the pro surfers! It was an epic trip and one that I will never forget!Lauren Barlow
The best decision I ever made! A truly amazing experience and now I have a job as a surf instructor in Cornwall.Alex Douglas
After working three jobs for five months, I can honestly say that ten weeks with Ticket to Ride in South Africa was the best way to spend my hard earned money. Starting the trip as a complete beginner was daunting at first but I can't recommend it highly enough now. The trip has it all and I've enjoyed everything from catching the wave of my life at The Bluff (with Ryan Ribbink close by) to getting to know South Africans in the townships and at the backpackers.
Each location had its memories and two stand out examples would be Jeffreys Bay for its partying scene and Coffee Bay for its insane morning surfs. I not only overcame my fear of heights on this trip by jumping from the world's tallest bungee jump, but also learnt valuable life saving lessons as part of the first aid course. While the instructor element of the trip saw us really come together as a group, as we practiced giving each other surf lessons and helped each other through surfing two lefts and two rights.
I've only been back a week and already feel deprived of surfing. I can't wait to get back in the water as a newly qualified instructor! I can't thank Ticket to Ride enough, especially the Trip Leaders, as it really was a once in a lifetime experience. The best ten weeks of my life.Phoebe Tomlinson
The surf was great, food was great and everyone was super friendly. I've definitely come back with a different perspective on South Africa and on Africa as a whole, and if you have the chance to go to Mozam as well, don't hesitate - go for it! I caught this one wave, it was like 100 metres long, and it sounds ridiculously cheesy but that was when I thought, I'm a surfer now!Ronan Collins
I had barely surfed before joining the trip and I can honestly say that I'm now hooked. You can't really describe the feeling of surfing, once you're riding the face - it's unbelievable. It's what gets people hooked and I'm sure you will be if you join the trip too. The trip exceeded all my expectations and even though it may seem like a big decision to head out here by yourself, once you arrive and meet the group, they'll be like your family from day one. Definitely worth doing!Charlie Darby
I'd done minimal surfing before doing the trip and it's actually incredible how fast you progress by surfing every day, visiting different surf spots and waves. It's been hard work but I've enjoyed it immensely. I've loved being in South Africa and while I was a little concerned about safety before coming out here, I can honestly say I never felt unsafe at any point. All the locals were really friends and everywhere we stayed, we were made to feel very welcome.
The Mozambique leg was completely different to the South Africa part, and I'm so glad I decided to do as it definitely enhanced the trip. It had a raw feel to it and a much more adventurous vibe as you're going around in a 4x4s, checking out new surf spots and waves for the final three weeks.
If you're umming and ahhing over whether or not to book on, then don't - just go for it! The experiences you'll have and the friendships you'll make will be just priceless.Ben Howarth
Ticket to Ride is the ultimate experience for everyone who loves surfing, nature and adventures! I've had an incredible time in a stunning country, and enjoyed every single trip stop along the beautiful coastine of South Africa.Jana Keller
I was a little worried about money before I came on the course - you never really know for sure if it's going to be worth it. I had the best time of my life, met some amazing people, did some pretty incredible things and now I can surf. (Still working on it.) No videos or pictures will ever do it justice, you just gotta experience it!Sam Bass
No, we have professional coaches who coach from completely beginner to a budding pro.
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.
Of course! The vast majority of people on any of our trips come as solo travellers. It is a great way to meet people and do the holiday you want.
Yes you can, just contact us directly for a quote.