Mozambique Surf Trip #21

Surf Tour #21

We did it again! After our hugely successful Mozambique Surf Tour in 2014, we returned to Tofo in 2015 for another AWESOME Surf Tour with Unravel Surf Travel !!!

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Crossing the border into Mozambique, there’s definitely a change in the air. It’s immediately obvious that you’re in a different place. You’re in Africa.

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Travelling to Africa can definitely come as a shock to travellers from more developed parts of the world. There’s a general lawlessness here that can be daunting, but it also creates a sense of freedom…

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In Mozambique anything goes. Few things happen as or when they’re supposed to happen. It can be scary for some, and there are obvious risks, like corrupt officials and poverty related crimes, but for the more adventurous traveller this is freedom. Unfettered and unhampered. And sometimes untethered…

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Which is why we love the place. In Mozambique it’s easy to experience something completely different. In fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed. If you’ve never been to Africa, then this will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before!

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A big part of our annual Mozambique Surf Tour is a two day visit to the Kruger National Park, one of the biggest nature reserves on the African continent. Travelling through the Kruger is an awesome way to see all Africa’s biggest animals, in their in the natural environment, from the comfort of our own mini-bus!

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And then there’s the surfing part! Tofo is our final destination and that’s where the surfing magic happens! Tofo is ideal for all surfing levels, from complete beginner to super advanced. There are different breaks to suit different levels and it’s one of those places where everyone will be happy regardless of what they’re looking for. Whether it’s fast-paced barrels, friendly foamies, or anything else in between.

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And the beaches are absolutely amazing, with endless stretches of white sand, glorious sunsets and crystal-clear warm water.

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Other highlights included an ocean safari where we saw dolphins, Humpback and Southern Right whales. Humpback and Southern Wright whales migrate between Mozambique and Antarctica every year. They spend the winter in Mozambique, to give birth, and then travel down to Antarctica for the summer, to feed in the cold nutrient-rich water there.

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Mozambique is also one of the best places in the world to swim with Whale Sharks! These gentle giants can be quite shy and sightings aren’t always guaranteed, but we were blessed on our Ocean Safari! We had a great double encounter with a whale-shark and we swam with a manta ray!

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Other highlights included a visit to a local village, on a Cultural Tour, and climbing to the top of an old lighthouse, which is usually off limits, but we got permission and gained special access!

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We also went a kayak-trip to a nearby lagoon island, partied with the locals and cooked some incredible seafood meals!

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And off course we did Yoga on the beach. This is a staple of all our Surf Tours and it’s a great way to relieve tired muscles, worn out from surfing many hours every day…

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And then, off course, we surfed some more! And more… We surfed every day and every surf session was paired with a review, in the company of our surf instructors, so as to learn from previous mistakes. Everybody improved their surfing ability and went home with real stoke!

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But in the end, all good things come to an end. Finally we had to say our goodbyes. We crossed the border into South Africa and returned to Johannesburg, from where we all went our separate ways… But only until we meet again! Because everybody who’s ever been on a Surf Tour with Unravel Surf Travel knows that once you’ve been with us, you’re part of a big family…

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All in all it was another fantastic experience and we’re already looking forward to doing another Mozambique Surf Tour in 2016 !!!

Check www.unravelsurftravel.com/surf-tour for details on upcoming tours!

KwaZulu-Natal Surf Trip #20

Unravel Surf Travel TOUR No.20

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Unravel Surf Travel ventured into new territory with this exciting expeditionary Surf Tour to KwaZulu-Natal! This was our maiden Surf Expedition to this area and it was a great success! We’ll definitely be back for another Surf Tour to KwaZulu-Natal in 2016!

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We met our group at the new King Shaka International Airport north of Durban and drove to Umzumbe, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. There we based ourselves at Umzumbe Surf House and our hosts, Alli and Rich, took exceptional care of us! It’s an awesome spot run by two very cool people!

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

We spent the next week surfing everyday in the warm water of the Indian Ocean and we were blessed with some amazing waves at the friendly Umzumbe beach-break!

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

Everybody had great rides and, off course, our in-house photographer made sure that everyone got some awesome photos of themselves riding these beautiful waves.

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In between surfing awesome waves we went on some great excursions to explore the area. We started with an insightful Cultural Tour, to see the natural beauty surrounding Umzumbe Village and to meet some of the locals who live there.

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, with it’s suspension bridge, gorge jump, zip-slides and overhanging rock was another incredible highlight! We had loads of fun with all the adventure activities on offer there, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of KwaZulu-Natal.

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

And off course there was always more surfing to be done! For an entire week the waves just wouldn’t stop coming! We were blessed with lots of sunshine, offshore winds and plentiful waves!

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

Whenever we had a moment to relax, we took advantage of this perfect location to do some Yoga, taking in the rejuvenating fresh air blown in by a fresh Indian Ocean breeze…

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

After we finally had our fill of good waves, we said goodbye to our hosts in Umzumbe and left for St Lucia where we spent two days exploring the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site, and in particular Lake St Lucia, where we met many families of hippos on a gorgeous sunset boat cruise.

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We also visited the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Nature Reserve and saw spectacular herds of Elephant, Giraffe, Rhino and many more, all living within their unspoilt natural habitat.

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All in all this was another incredible journey, for ourselves and clients on Tour with us! We are very grateful for the friends we made and the experiences we had together! And we’ll definitely return to KwaZulu-Natal for another Surf Tour in 2016!

We hope to see you there!

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