An action-packed surf adventure.
This 13 week surf adventure combines the best of a comfortable South African city life with an authentic African experience, along with world-class waves and impeccable surf coaching. Whether you're total beginner or well on the road to being a pro surfer, this will be the trip of your dreams, full of heart warming and heart racing experiences from Cape Town to Tofo.
Expect an action packed surf trip mixed in with moments of pure relaxation on pristine beaches.The coastline is packed with uncrowded world-class waves, thanks to incredible swells coming out of the Atlantic Ocean and cyclone swells heading down into Mozambique. With our nine carefully selected locations, each with their own unique character, you're in for an enriching surfing adventure.
The combination of having both top surf instructors and your Trip Leaders who are also accomplished surf coaches, means you'll take your surfing beyond what you imagined possible in three months. Travelling with a group of like-minded multinational people will also give you the friendly competition of surfing with others and the opportunity to make real life-long friends.
To give our bodies a much deserved rest from surfing, your experienced Trip Leaders will show you around any given area and suggest the best activities to maximise your surfing down time. Your Trip Leaders are with you 24/7 to ensure your comfort and safety, and make this more than an ordinary surf trip. They are your knowledgable tour guides, surf coaches, drivers, mentors, and of course, your friends. With our extensive experience of running these trips, we know that local knowledge plays a key role in the way you discover the surfing gems of South Africa and Mozambique.
What to Expect
Take your surfing to the next level. Whether you're at the beginning of your surfing journey or already have some surfing experience, this 13 week adventure offers it all. With qualified surf instructors as Trip Leaders as well as local surf coaches, Riders are placed in groups to suit their ability, meaning there is no such thing as not being good enough or too good at surfing to join this surf adventure course. The surf course outline is as follows:
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
- Full surf mobility
- Coaching from South Africa's most highly regarded surf coaches
- Unlimited additional coaching from your Ticket to Ride Trip Leaders
- Small student to instructor ratios
- Learning on the right equipment
- Discounts on surfboards
- A Welcome braai
- A Surfboard and swell talk
- A leaving dinner party
- Surf rentals for the start of the trip
- Return airport transfers
- Full UK support pre-departure
We also include:
- The opportunity to climb Table Mountain
- A visit to the Cape Winelands
- 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
- An ocean safari
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 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
Additional Excursions And Activities
Optional Food Add On
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
Cape TownSettle in, master the basics of surfing, explore the best of Cape Town and help out in local townships.
Plettenberg BayEnjoy new surfing challenges with the right coaches on hand to help you meet them.
Jeffreys BaySurf world-class waves and get involved in environmental projects. Live life on the beach.
CintsaExperience the wild coast! Get out of the town and into the bush, with great waves on the doorstep.
Coffee BayGo back in time and enjoy simple South Africa. Peace and quiet, some African culture, great food and empty waves.
DurbanEnjoy the buzz of South Africa’s ‘Surf City’ and refine your surfing off the piers amongst the country's best. Staying right on the powerful waves of the Bluff will also set new challenges.
BallitoTake on the North Coast power, or refine your surfing in town. It's time to get the 4*4's ready for Mozambique.
Stopover in MozambiqueAfter a long drive, enjoy a swim in the pool with a cold beer and a delicious dinner.
TofoRelax in a hammock or go fishing in between long surfs in tropical water. Everything now works on 'African time'.
Stopover in MozambiqueAfter a long drive, enjoy a swim in the pool with a cold beer and a delicious dinner.
PomeneProbably the most beautiful place you'll ever go, with perfect sunsets and long running rights.
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
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!
Situated just north of South Africa, Mozambique feels like a totally different world to South Africa. It is much more 'African' if you will, more remote, yet still comfortable enough. It's a surf trip where 4*4's are a necessity! It is also tropical, with coconut trees everywhere and lukewarm water - a mini paradise.
Book your outbound flight to Cape Town International Airport on the start date of the course and your return flight from Durban Airport on the end date of the course (also known as King Shaka International Airport).
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 you will need to apply for your visa extension early on in your trip. 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.
Most foreign citizens require a 30 day visa for entry to Mozambique, costing around £50. You will need to purchase this when in Durban and your Trip Leader will be there to guide you through the process.
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.
Unfortunately not, you don't get a new 90-day visa from travelling into neighbouring countries as too many people were doing this just for the extention. However, you will get a short 1 - 7 day visa unitil your flight leaves.
Yes you can! Just contact us for a quote on a private twin, double or double en-suite.