Surf Trip to KwaZulu-Natal

Next available trip:

29 April – 13 May 2017

Email to enquire: info@unravelsurftravel.com

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Travel with us through KwaZulu-Natal, home of the Zulu tribes where the warrior King Shaka once reigned supreme!

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We base ourselves in Umzumbe, 100 km south of Durban, where the coastline is covered with dense sub-tropical forest and life flows slowly, to the rhythm of the sun and the waves…

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Umzumbe is the perfect place to base ourselves for the ultimate surf experience, surrounded by a variety of surf spots, from friendly beach-breaks, suitable for beginner and intermediate level surfers, to point breaks for more advanced surfers!

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Our base is an awesome Surf House in Umzumbe, located right on the beach!

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Everything from the location to the decoration is absorbed in the spirit of surfing! It’s the prefect place to chill out and relax after an awesome day of fun in the ocean.


And, to complement the surfing, we offer daily Yoga sessions on a deck with a view!

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We’ll also visit different beaches and go on trips to neighbouring villages, immersing ourselves in the local Zulu culture. And we’ll explore mountains and waterfalls in the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

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And we’ll spend two days in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest nature reserve in Africa and home to Africa’s big five; elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and leopard!

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iSimangaliso Wetland Park is another highlight of this Surf Tour. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and South Africa’s third largest protected area. It’s the ideal place to look for Hippo and crocodile!

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Approximate Program*

* We don’t work with rigid schedules. This is a very flexible indication only, to give you an idea of what the possibilities are…



Day 1
Pick-up from King Shaka International Airport, outside Durban. Drive to Umzumbe Surf House.

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Day 2
Our first day of surfing Umzumbe. Our Surf Instructor will introduce you to the local surf spot and do a introductory lecture for beginners. This will be followed by lunch and another surf session in the afternoon. We’ll finish the day with a relaxing Yoga session.

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Day 3
Morning Yoga session followed by a surf session. We’ll then familiarize ourselves with the local marine life by snorkelling some reefs. We’ll finish the day with another surf session.

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Day 4
Early morning surf session followed by a cultural tour though the rural villages of Umzumbe. We’ll meet local Zulus and learn more about their culture, while strolling through the village and enjoying the extraordinary natural scenery!

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Day 5
Morning Yoga session followed by a surf session in the morning and another surf session in the afternoon.

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Day 6
Expedition to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. Surrounded by ancient mountains formed millions of years ago, the breathtaking scenery and vast landscape will not leave anyone unaffected! There’s an impressive 165m high waterfall and, for thrill seekers, an awesome gorge swing!

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Day 7
Morning Yoga session followed by a surf session in the morning and another surf session in the afternoon.

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Day 8
Early morning surf session, followed by lunch. We may revisit Oribi Gorge for the Zip Slide, because you can never get enough of a beautiful view and adventure…

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Day 9
Early morning Yoga followed by a surf-photo & video session, which we’ll use for later analysis of surfing technique, to identify mistakes and make improvements!

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Day 10
Morning Yoga followed by a surf trip to a new spot at Banana Beach, or perhaps Durban’s world famous beach-front! After more than a week of daily surf training you will be ready to test yourself at a new surf spot.

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Day 11
Morning Yoga followed by a surf session, lunch and packing. In the evening we’ll enjoy some local music at the Rock Bottom Music Bistro and say goodbye to Umzumbe!

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Day 12
We’ll depart from Umzumbe at sunrise and drive to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest nature reserve in Africa and home to Africa’s Big Five! Well arrive just after lunch-time and spend the rest of the day in the nature reserve, looking for wild animals! We’ll spend the night in St. Lucia, a small town located on the shores of Lake St. Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Day 13
We’ll spend another day exploring Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, in the comfort of our own vehicle, looking for Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and many more!

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Day 14
We’ll spend our final day exploring the iSimangaliso Nature Reserve and surroundings, perhaps spotting the elusive Leopard, and finish the day with a sunset river cruise to look for Hippo and Crocodile.

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Day 15
Drive to Durban and drop off at King Shaka International Airport. If time allows we’ll stop for lunch at Beachbums, where you can eat legendary burgers with your feet in the sand!

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Price: R20,500 (All inclusive – 14 nights)


Price includes:

  • Transfers to and from King Shaka International Airport, Durban.
  • Transport to all excursions mentioned in the above program
  • Beach-house accommodation in Umzumbe (10 nights)
    • Shared accommodation, 3-4 people per room, with shared bathroom facilities.
    • Double rooms available on request
  • Guest-house accommodation in St. Lucia (3 nights)
    • Shared accommodation, 2 people per room / 4 people per chalet
    • Private en-suite options available on request
  • Breakfast and Dinner in Umzumbe (10 days)
  • Lunch in Umzumbe – excluding days with excursions and / or extra activities (6-7 days)
  • Breakfast in St. Lucia (3 days)
  • Daily surf lessons / sessions with ISA & SSA qualified Surf Instructor (including all surfing equipment)
  • 6-7 Yoga Classes
  • Excursion to Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
  • Surf excursion to Banana Beach
  • Surfing video & photo analysis of 2-3 surf sessions
  • Surf-Trip photos taken by professional in-house photographer
  • Gift Package from Unravel Surf travel

Price does not include:

  • Air tickets to King Shaka International Airport, Durban
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in St. Lucia
  • Lunch in Umzumbe on days with excursions and / or extra activities (3-4 days)
  • Optional excursions & extra activities:
    • Cultural Tour to a local ZULU village in Umzumbe
    • Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve
    • Bungee swing at Oribi Gorge
    • Zip-slide at Oribi Gorge
    • Snorkelling
    • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Nature Reserve

For bookings and enquiries email: info@unravelsurftravel.com


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