Surf Trip – Cape Town to Durban

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This trip is for real surf enthusiasts. Three provinces of South Africa, eight different towns and cities, and up to sixteen different surf spots, all under the guidance of experienced surf guides!
This is a truly unique opportunity to see South Africa from several different perspectives. From the modern urban center of Cape Town, to the most rural Transkei, ending with the subtropical KwaZulu-Natal, this trip has it all!
Anyone who’s been with us on a trip  in the past nine years will know: “This is gonna be epic!”


This trip is designed for those who do not require physical assistance in the water, surfers who are already surfing at the back-line and generally feel comfortable in the ocean.


This surf trip is also designed for those that have an express desire to travel as far as possible, to see as many different places as possible, and who do not want to linger too long but would rather move and explore!


This is Cape to Durban, west to east, covering an entire coast-line and different two oceans. A surf trip where we move with the tide and only stay in one place long enough to surf, eat sleep and surf again, before we move on and repeat. Surf, eat, sleep, surf.


Approximate Program*

* While this program does define certain basic aspects of our itinerary, other parts of the itinerary are flexible and will be determined by surfing conditions, forecasts and group consensus.

Day 1
Arrival at Cape Town International Airport.
Located near the southern-most tip of Africa, where two oceans meet, Cape Town is nestled in between the cold Atlantic and the majestic Table Mountain.
The fresh ocean-breeze, the smell of the rich Atlantic, and the taste of world-famous South African wines, this is the mother city of South Africa.
Visit to the top of Table Mountain, one of the new 7 wonders of nature.
Stay overnight in Cape Town.

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Day 2
First surf session at Muizenberg, one the most iconic surf spots in South Africa, famous for being the birth-place of surfing in South Africa, where surfers first rode waves in 1919!
Travel to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, including a visit to Boulders Beach Penguin colony.
Cape Point is also called the Cape of Storms, as more than a hundred ships have sunk off its shores, while boulders beach is so called because of the massive granite boulders that dot the coastline around Simon’s Town. Here there are specially laid pathways along which you can walk through the colony of African penguins.
Stay overnight in Cape Town

Day 3
Morning surf at a surf spot in Cape Town.
Cape Town historic walking tour through colorful streets, gorgeous mountain views, unusual cafes and restaurants, and through the blend of cultures that make up the mother city.
Visit to a wine farms located in Cape Town, including a wine tasting and specialty lunch.
Stay overnight in Cape Town

Day 4
Early departure to Mossel Bay, a picturesque town on the shores of which Europeans first stepped foot on South African soil guided by the Portuguese navigator Bartolomeo Diaz.
Stop at a Aloe farm en-route to Mossel Bay where this miraculous plant is used to produce various health and skin-care products.
Afternoon visit to The Surfer Kids, a non-profit social development and youth empowerment program that has been operating for over 9 years. A children’s surf center works with children in non-privileged areas. The goal of The Surfer Kids is to broaden the horizons of young people and teach empowering life-skills. More details on The Surfer Kids can be found on their website.
Stay overnight in Mossel Bay.

Day 5
Morning surfing in Mossel Bay.
Departure for Knysna, a coastal town famous for its estuary, which is protected from the ocean by two mighty cliffs “heads” Here there is an observation deck with incredible views of the estuary, ocean and cliffs. There is also a traditional souvenir market with merchants from all over Africa selling hand-made goods.
Afternoon surf session in Buffalo Bay, near Knysna.
Stay overnight in Knysna.

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Day 6
Morning surfing in Buffalo Bay, near Knysna.
The Garden Route, as this stretch of coastline is called, due to it’s perennial greenery, is a world famous paragliding epicenter. Paragliding flips are available with experienced tandem pilots around the towns of Sedgefield and Wildernis. The view from a bird’s eye-view is unparalleled.
Stay overnight in Knysna


Day 7
Early departure for the surfing mecca of South Africa – Jeffreys Bay, home to one of the best right-hand pointbreaks in the world. This is the venue of the annual JBay Open, stop number 6 of 11 on the World Surf League Championship Tour.
En-route to JBay the world’s highest Bridge Bungee lies in wait at Bloukrans Bridge. As they say, fear is temporary, but regret is permanent, and this is a chance not to regret by jumping from a height of 216 meters!
Stay overnight in Jeffrey’s Bay

Day 8
Morning surf session in Jeffrey’s Bay followed by a visit to the Surf Village. This is an area in Jeffrey’s Bay dedicated to the sale of surf equipment and surf fashion.
The cafe’s and the sidewalks are decorated with everything related to surfing, with a good mix of international and local brands sold in many different shops.
Second surf session in the evening.
Stay overnight in Jeffrey’s Bay


Day 9
Morning surf session in Jeffreys Bay.
Departure for Port Elizabeth and afternoon surf session in Port Elizabeth.
Departure for Addo Elephant National Park, to enjoy one of the most striking and amazing sights in Africa.
Stay Overnight outside Addo Elephant National Park.

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Day 10
Early morning safari game-drive in Addo Elephant National Park.
The main inhabitants of the park are herds of elephants, but various antelopes, buffalo and zebra also live here. Baboons, warthogs, hyenas, and rhinos are also common.
In 2006, a pride of lions was introduced to the reserve and they quickly adapted in favorable conditions. The first half of the day is spent exploring the park with the guidance of an expert ranger.
In the afternoon we depart for Chintsa.
Stay overnight in Chintsa.


Day 11
Morning surf session.
Explore Chintsa, a small coastal town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, located away from busy roads and big cities.
Second surf session.
Stay overnight in Chintsa.

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Day 12
Morning surfing in Chintsa.
Visit a local Xhosa village, get acquainted with the traditional way of life of the local population and meet a local shamanic healer, known as a Sangoma.
Visit a local brewery.
Stay overnight in Chintsa.


Day 13
Chinsta early morning surf.
Depart for Mdumbi, Transkei.
The road in this direction is in itself already a serious adventure. This is Africa. The villages and inhabitants around here are closer to the their ancestral origins than anywhere else in South Africa.
Stay overnight in Mdumbi.

Day 14
Surf in Mdumbi.
Walk to Mapuzi Caves with a local guide. These caves were used to hide rebels fighting against the Apartheid Government in South Africa.
Bonfire dinner with fresh seafood.
Stay overnight in Mdumbi.

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Day 15
Surf in Mdumbi.
Visit to Coffee Bay, famous for the unusual rock formations known as Hole in the Wall.
Overnight in Mdumbi


Day 16
Early morning surf in Mdumbi.
Departure to Umzumbe, a small coastal settlement 100 km south of Durban, South Africa’s largest port city.
This is the Hibiscus coast, with endless summers and dense subtropical vegetation, where life flows to the rhythm of the rising and falling tide.
Stay overnight in Umzumbe.

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Day 17
Surf in Umzumbe.
Visit a crocodile and coffee farm.
Stay overnight in Umzumbe.

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Day 18
Surf in Umzumbe
Trip to Oribi Gorge, a canyon cut through the Mzikulvana river, with a height of about 400 meters and a length of about 3 km.
Walk along the suspension bridge and jump from the area’s highest mountain bungee – a swing 165 meters high, located atop a waterfall.
Stay overnight Umzumbe

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Day 19
Depart for King Shaka International AIrport, Durban.
Local airline flight from Durban to Cape Town.
Departure from Cape Town.

Price R 38 000

Price Includes:

  • Transfer from / to Cape Town and Durban Airport.
    A comfortable mini bus for the entire trip.
  • A guide to the three provinces of South Africa.
  • Shared accommodation for 2 people (18 nights), level 3 stars in the immediate vicinity of the main surf spots.
  • Continental breakfasts throughout the trip.
  • Surfing on 16 surf spots, ISA accreditation coaches.
  • All necessary equipment (including a variety of surf boards, wetsuits (long / short), boots).
  • Cape Town City Tour.
  • Visit to the city of Knysna.
  • Participation in the social surfing program The Surfer Kids.
  • Excursions to Coffe Bay and Hole in Wall.
  • Visit to the Oribi National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Photo analysis based on 2 surf photo shoots.
  • “Gift package” from Unravel Surf travel.

Price does not include:

  • Air Tickets
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Entrance fees to parks and nature reserves
  • Excursions

For more info and bookings contact:

Jenya Zhivaleva