Surfing

Affordable Adventure in South Africa

South Africa is a paradise for those travellers with a thirst for adventure! There are plenty of outdoor activities in South Africa which will get the heart racing, but won’t break the bank. You can hike a mountain, surf a wave, dive with sharks, take on South African mountain bike trails or even jump off the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at The Big Rush.

When visiting South Africa there is no excuse not to take a good long walk. No matter where you are staying there is ample opportunity to get out there and get moving. In Mpumalanga, some of the best hiking on offer is in and around the scenic Blyde River Canyon and along the Panorama Route (which offers lots of great adventure activities too). The Free State is another great place for hiking and there are several world class trails on offer in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. If you’re in the Western Cape then hot-footing it up Table Mountain is always an option – with a cable car offering amazing views of Cape Town you could always treat yourself on the way down! Another great hiking option is the Garden Route’s Dolphin Trail with its gorgeous views of the coastline and mountain ranges.

Mpumalanga Trail

Image source: SA-Venues

Surfing is an integral part of South African culture. From the colder Cape waters to the tropical warmth of the Indian Ocean, young and old mingle at popular surf spots from early morning until sundown with a single goal – to pick the best wave of the day and ride it all the way to the beach. Big wave surfers should try their skills at extreme surf spots such as Kalk Bay Reef on False Bay and Dungeons in Hout Bay. Such sections of water should, however, only be attempted by those who know what they are doing.

For the beginners, South Africa offers a choice of surf schools that will have you out there in the breakers, learning to surf and making new friends in no time at all! If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing.

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Image source: TNT Magazine

The Big Rush Rope Swing asks adventurous travellers to take a leap of faith by stepping off the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Big Rush is listed in the Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! Those brave enough to take the leap will face a 60 metre free-fall at a speed of over 120kph. If you’re travelling with people who don’t share your taste for adventure, they can watch your jump from the comfort of the Base café in the Big Rush Stadium Shop – so don’t forget to smile for the cameras! The stadium jump will set you back $74 (AUD) and takes place daily from 9am – 5pm, weather permitting.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime and go shark cage diving on the Great White Trail. Great White sharks are seasonal animals so get yourself to the Cape in June, July or August where you’ll not only have an excellent chance of seeing them, but also to watch them breach and hunt. SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences. The White Shark adventures take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town and is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and as well as getting close and personal with these sharks in their natural habitat you’ll be able to witness the power of the Great White Sharks as they launch themselves out of the water to catch their prey safely from the SharkExplorers boat. Prices start from $158 (AUD).

Great White Shark Diving

In South Africa, mountain biking has become a tremendously popular sport, and there are new trails opening up all the time. There are some timeless classics though, in glorious surroundings. The Cederberg Mountains and the Drakensberg within sight of whales at De Hoop or in the forests of Knysna. Mountain biking in South Africa offers options for all skill and fitness levels. Some trails and tracks are as short as 10km, while others, like the magnificent Cederberg Mountain Bike Trail in Clanwilliam, can take you over 170 km of the most dramatic rocky terrain you could wish for!

These affordable adventure activities are bound to make your South African trip a memorable one.

Affordable Adventure in South Africa

South Africa is a paradise for those travellers with a thirst for adventure! There are plenty of outdoor activities in South Africa which will get the heart racing, but won’t break the bank. You can hike a mountain, surf a wave, dive with sharks, take on South African mountain bike trails or even jump off the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at The Big Rush.

When visiting South Africa there is no excuse not to take a good long walk. No matter where you are staying there is ample opportunity to get out there and get moving. In Mpumalanga, some of the best hiking on offer is in and around the scenic Blyde River Canyon and along the Panorama Route (which offers lots of great adventure activities too). The Free State is another great place for hiking and there are several world class trails on offer in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. If you’re in the Western Cape then hot-footing it up Table Mountain is always an option – with a cable car offering amazing views of Cape Town you could always treat yourself on the way down! Another great hiking option is the Garden Route’s Dolphin Trail with its gorgeous views of the coastline and mountain ranges.

Mpumalanga Trail

Image source: SA-Venues

Surfing is an integral part of South African culture. From the colder Cape waters to the tropical warmth of the Indian Ocean, young and old mingle at popular surf spots from early morning until sundown with a single goal – to pick the best wave of the day and ride it all the way to the beach. Big wave surfers should try their skills at extreme surf spots such as Kalk Bay Reef on False Bay and Dungeons in Hout Bay. Such sections of water should, however, only be attempted by those who know what they are doing.

For the beginners, South Africa offers a choice of surf schools that will have you out there in the breakers, learning to surf and making new friends in no time at all! If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing.

south-africa-surfing

Image source: TNT Magazine

The Big Rush Rope Swing asks adventurous travellers to take a leap of faith by stepping off the roof of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The Big Rush is listed in the Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! Those brave enough to take the leap will face a 60 metre free-fall at a speed of over 120kph. If you’re travelling with people who don’t share your taste for adventure, they can watch your jump from the comfort of the Base café in the Big Rush Stadium Shop – so don’t forget to smile for the cameras! The stadium jump will set you back $74 (AUD) and takes place daily from 9am – 5pm, weather permitting.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime and go shark cage diving on the Great White Trail. Great White sharks are seasonal animals so get yourself to the Cape in June, July or August where you’ll not only have an excellent chance of seeing them, but also to watch them breach and hunt. SharkExplorers in Cape Town offer a range of cage diving experiences. The White Shark adventures take place in False Bay, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town and is a Great White Shark hotspot. The tour starts out before dawn and as well as getting close and personal with these sharks in their natural habitat you’ll be able to witness the power of the Great White Sharks as they launch themselves out of the water to catch their prey safely from the SharkExplorers boat. Prices start from $158 (AUD).

Great White Shark Diving

In South Africa, mountain biking has become a tremendously popular sport, and there are new trails opening up all the time. There are some timeless classics though, in glorious surroundings. The Cederberg Mountains and the Drakensberg within sight of whales at De Hoop or in the forests of Knysna. Mountain biking in South Africa offers options for all skill and fitness levels. Some trails and tracks are as short as 10km, while others, like the magnificent Cederberg Mountain Bike Trail in Clanwilliam, can take you over 170 km of the most dramatic rocky terrain you could wish for!

These affordable adventure activities are bound to make your South African trip a memorable one.

Surfs up in South Africa: Best surf spots

South Africa’s coastline has points and bays which provide surfers from all around the world with quality waves. We’ve narrowed down the best surf spots in South Africa to catch that perfect wave!

Jeffrey’s Bay is the surf capital of South Africa, and a top 10 rated surf spot worldwide. Located in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s drive southwest of Port Elizabeth. Commonly referred to as J-bay, it’s known in the local and international surfing community as having the perfect right-hand wave. What makes J-Bay special is that the wave runs for up to 800m, giving surfers an unbeatable ride. Its main beach, Dolphin Beach, is made for chilling, tanning, surfing and shell collecting.

Jeffrey's Bay

Jeffrey’s Bay

Durban Waves

If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing!

Bay of Plenty is a consistent surf spot frequented by local and international guests. The surf is fairly consistent however, winter is the optimum time of the year for surfing this spot.

Cave Rock in Durban churns out epic waves which pick up large swells! This spot has a reef bottom; therefore only experienced surfers should apply.

Durban

Durban

Cape Town Waves

If you’re looking to catch your first wave, The Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg is a popular learning spot. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre and there are plenty of coffee shops nearby to warm up post-surf.

The Cape Peninsula which is at the northern end of Cape Town gives surfers waves all year round. This surf spot is the perfect combination of swell size and direction of the wind, making this a favourite with locals and international surfers.

Long Beach in Cape Town, located on the Atlantic side of the Southern Cape Peninsula in Kommetjie boasts the best consistent shore breaks in the Cape, after Durban. The swell is small to medium on the south east side. If you’re a strong surfer and you’re looking to ride a westerly swell, the Outer Kom will be sure to thrill!

Cape Town Surfers

Cape Town Surfers

Secret Spots

Located in-between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Victoria Bay or Vic Bay as it’s known to the young local surfers is a local surf spot. The shape of the bay ensures consistent waves throughout the year and is great for surfers of all levels.

If you’re an experienced surfer, Glen Beach is located five minutes away from the city centre churning out powerful, hollow waves. It’s nestled between Clifton and Camps Bay Beach and is a local favourite. This is a picturesque location with the Twelve Apostles visible from the surf.

Western Cape

Western Cape

Who to contact for surf lessons

Learn2Surf
Visit the Learn2Surf website here.
SMS hotline: +27 (0)83 414 0567
Email: info@learn2surf.co.za

Surf Emporium
Visit the Surf Emporium website here.
Muizenberg, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 788 8687
Mobile: +27 (0)82 562 8687/(0)725860905

Surfs up in South Africa: Best surf spots

South Africa’s coastline has points and bays which provide surfers from all around the world with quality waves. We’ve narrowed down the best surf spots in South Africa to catch that perfect wave!

Jeffrey’s Bay is the surf capital of South Africa, and a top 10 rated surf spot worldwide. Located in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s drive southwest of Port Elizabeth. Commonly referred to as J-bay, it’s known in the local and international surfing community as having the perfect right-hand wave. What makes J-Bay special is that the wave runs for up to 800m, giving surfers an unbeatable ride. Its main beach, Dolphin Beach, is made for chilling, tanning, surfing and shell collecting.

Jeffrey's Bay

Jeffrey’s Bay

Durban Waves

If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing!

Bay of Plenty is a consistent surf spot frequented by local and international guests. The surf is fairly consistent however, winter is the optimum time of the year for surfing this spot.

Cave Rock in Durban churns out epic waves which pick up large swells! This spot has a reef bottom; therefore only experienced surfers should apply.

Durban

Durban

Cape Town Waves

If you’re looking to catch your first wave, The Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg is a popular learning spot. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre and there are plenty of coffee shops nearby to warm up post-surf.

The Cape Peninsula which is at the northern end of Cape Town gives surfers waves all year round. This surf spot is the perfect combination of swell size and direction of the wind, making this a favourite with locals and international surfers.

Long Beach in Cape Town, located on the Atlantic side of the Southern Cape Peninsula in Kommetjie boasts the best consistent shore breaks in the Cape, after Durban. The swell is small to medium on the south east side. If you’re a strong surfer and you’re looking to ride a westerly swell, the Outer Kom will be sure to thrill!

Cape Town Surfers

Cape Town Surfers

Secret Spots

Located in-between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Victoria Bay or Vic Bay as it’s known to the young local surfers is a local surf spot. The shape of the bay ensures consistent waves throughout the year and is great for surfers of all levels.

If you’re an experienced surfer, Glen Beach is located five minutes away from the city centre churning out powerful, hollow waves. It’s nestled between Clifton and Camps Bay Beach and is a local favourite. This is a picturesque location with the Twelve Apostles visible from the surf.

Western Cape

Western Cape

Who to contact for surf lessons

Learn2Surf
Visit the Learn2Surf website here.
SMS hotline: +27 (0)83 414 0567
Email: info@learn2surf.co.za

Surf Emporium
Visit the Surf Emporium website here.
Muizenberg, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 788 8687
Mobile: +27 (0)82 562 8687/(0)725860905

Reconsider South Africa:  The Video

 

videoFrameThe latest ad from South African Tourism highlights what makes a trip to South Africa so compelling by highlighting the authenticity and friendliness of the South African people.

Join traveller James O’Driscoll as he experiences the warmth and hospitality of his South African hosts and builds genuine connections with the people, places and experiences that make up a truly unforgettable holiday.

Reconsider South Africa: The Video

 

videoFrameThe latest ad from South African Tourism highlights what makes a trip to South Africa so compelling by highlighting the authenticity and friendliness of the South African people.

Join traveller James O’Driscoll as he experiences the warmth and hospitality of his South African hosts and builds genuine connections with the people, places and experiences that make up a truly unforgettable holiday.

Fun in the Sun – Beautiful Cape Town

What to do in beautiful Cape Town when the sun is shining and the ocean is oh-so-blue.

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Fun in the Sun – Beautiful Cape Town

What to do in beautiful Cape Town when the sun is shining and the ocean is oh-so-blue.

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J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

Definitely ticked off a solid player on the old bucket-list today! 4 foot perfect right-handers at J-Bay!!

They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I’d say anyone would be jumping through the roof if they experienced what I did today!

The rides just went on and on and on for what seemed like forever, and the best part was sharing perfect waves with all the friendly locals!

There are few places on earth where locals will happily leave the set waves for a visitor but here it happened constantly.

It’s going to be pretty hard to rip myself away from this magical spot!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Driving to J-Bay

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting the gear

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surf Shop

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Early bird catches the wave

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Gone surfing

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting our feet wet

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Finding the perfect spot

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surfing a rainbow

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Killer!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Rip Curl

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite beauty

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Magical Sunset

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

Definitely ticked off a solid player on the old bucket-list today! 4 foot perfect right-handers at J-Bay!!

They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I’d say anyone would be jumping through the roof if they experienced what I did today!

The rides just went on and on and on for what seemed like forever, and the best part was sharing perfect waves with all the friendly locals!

There are few places on earth where locals will happily leave the set waves for a visitor but here it happened constantly.

It’s going to be pretty hard to rip myself away from this magical spot!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Driving to J-Bay

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting the gear

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surf Shop

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Early bird catches the wave

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Gone surfing

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting our feet wet

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Finding the perfect spot

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surfing a rainbow

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Killer!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Rip Curl

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite beauty

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Magical Sunset

Top 5 Surfing Spots in South Africa

If you’re after some fun in the sun while on your trip to South Africa, why not try your hand at surfing? And if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll be sure to find our top five surfing spots all the more enticing.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

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Named affectionately by locals as J-Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned for having one of the best waves in the world since 1960. With picturesque scenery set as your backdrop, there is no better place to hop on a board and be one with nature. If you come in July, be sure not to miss the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Surfing Tour!

 

4. Cape St. Francis

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Situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Cape St. Francis shot to stardom with the release of the 1966 documentary film ‘The Endless Summer’. Each year, millions of both professional and casual surfers brave the waves to relive the scenes from the film. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.

3. Victoria Bay

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A small beach tucked away on the South African coast, Victoria Bay is a hidden gem perfect for not only surfing but body surfing (if you’re that way inclined). If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip after a rigorous day on the surf, you can also find a tide pool off to one side of the bay.

 

2. Eland’s Bay

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Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Eland’s Bay encompasses the laid back lifestyle that the West Coast of South Africa is famous for combined with a westerly swell fit for fans of Jeffrey’s Bay. If you enjoy the idea of surfing the waves in the middle of what feels like nowhere, Elands is right up your alley!

 

1. Muizenberg

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Home to the popular swimming beach Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg is a hot-spot in the summer that is reputed to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. A tip would be to get there early before the crowds emerge!

 

Do you have any surf stories from your South African holidays? Leave a comment and let us know.

Top 5 Surfing Spots in South Africa

If you’re after some fun in the sun while on your trip to South Africa, why not try your hand at surfing? And if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll be sure to find our top five surfing spots all the more enticing.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

Photobucket

Named affectionately by locals as J-Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned for having one of the best waves in the world since 1960. With picturesque scenery set as your backdrop, there is no better place to hop on a board and be one with nature. If you come in July, be sure not to miss the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Surfing Tour!

 

4. Cape St. Francis

 Photobucket

Situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Cape St. Francis shot to stardom with the release of the 1966 documentary film ‘The Endless Summer’. Each year, millions of both professional and casual surfers brave the waves to relive the scenes from the film. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.

3. Victoria Bay

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A small beach tucked away on the South African coast, Victoria Bay is a hidden gem perfect for not only surfing but body surfing (if you’re that way inclined). If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip after a rigorous day on the surf, you can also find a tide pool off to one side of the bay.

 

2. Eland’s Bay

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Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Eland’s Bay encompasses the laid back lifestyle that the West Coast of South Africa is famous for combined with a westerly swell fit for fans of Jeffrey’s Bay. If you enjoy the idea of surfing the waves in the middle of what feels like nowhere, Elands is right up your alley!

 

1. Muizenberg

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Home to the popular swimming beach Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg is a hot-spot in the summer that is reputed to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. A tip would be to get there early before the crowds emerge!

 

Do you have any surf stories from your South African holidays? Leave a comment and let us know.