Garden Route Surf Trip #30

Unravel Surf Travel was blessed with another awesome beginning to the summer season of 2017/2018, by hosting two Garden Route Surf Trips back to back !!! A glorious summer continued with Surf Trip #30, from 25 November to 8 December.

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We spent the first 10 days exploring the Garden Route while surfing in Buffels Bay and as always Buffels delivered its magic. We scored some awesome waves, perfect for our group to learn surfing!

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We also combined our daily surfing with several excursions and explored all the best adventures the Garden Route has to offer.

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And no Garden Route Surf Trip with Unravel Surf Travel would be complete without visiting The Surfer Kids, a non-profit outreach initiative empowering marginalised children in Mossel Bay by teaching them surfing.

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As an optional extra we also always offer daily Yoga practice with a qualified instructor on all our Surf Trips, to help relieve tired muscles and focus the mind on enjoying every moment.

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Finally we travelled back to Cape Town and finished the trip with an exploration of the breathtaking Cape Peninsula where we visited Cape Point, Boulders Penguin Colony, Kalk Bay Harbour and the world famous Table Mountain.

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Surf Trip #30 was another awesome experience, with an entire group of super stoked people happy with one of the best experiences of their lives!

Enjoy the photos from Surf Trip #30 below and check out our upcoming Surf Trips!

 

Garden Route Surf Trip #29

Unravel Surf Travel was blessed with another awesome beginning to the summer season of 2017/2018, by hosting two Garden Route Surf Trips back to back !!! First up was Surf Trip #29, from 28 October to 11 November.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

We spent 10 days exploring the Garden Route while surfing in Buffels Bay and as always Buffels delivered its magic. We scored some awesome waves, perfect for our group to learn surfing!

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

We also combined our daily surfing with several excursions and explored all the best adventures the Garden Route has to offer.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

And no Garden Route Surf Trip with Unravel Surf Travel would be complete without visiting The Surfer Kids, a non-profit outreach initiative empowering marginalised children in Mossel Bay by teaching them surfing.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

As an optional extra we also always offer daily Yoga practice with a qualified instructor on all our Surf Trips, to help relieve tired muscles and focus the mind on enjoying every moment.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

We also explored Cape Town and no Surf Trip to the Garden Route would be complete without an exploration of the breathtaking Cape Peninsula, where we visited Cape Point, Boulders Penguin Colony, Kalk Bay Harbour and the world famous Table Mountain.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

Surf Trip #29 was another awesome trip, with an entire group of super stoked people happy with one of the best experiences of their lives!

Enjoy the photos from this past trip and check out our upcoming Surf Trips !!!

KwaZulu-Natal Surf Trip #27

This was a special Surf Trip because it was the first time that our eight-month old baby boy Kando joined Unravel Surf Travel for the full duration of a trip. And he loved it!!!

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It was the third time that we returned to KwaZulu-Natal for a Surf Trip and for the third year in a row we traveled with a group of six clients, all eager to learn surfing while exploring the natural beauty of Southern Africa.

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So that’s exactly what we did. We visited the Isimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, the oldest nature reserve in South Africa and home to Africa’s big five.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

We traversed Oribi Gorge hunting for wild adventures !!!

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And we surfed unspoilt beaches with empty line-ups where powerful waves teach progressive surfing skills.

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Also, none of our surf trips would be complete without a daily healthy dose of Yoga, breathing clean fresh air, releasing tension from mind and body.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

All in all, this was another incredible surf trip with Unravel Surf Travel and we’re happy to have sent home another group of stoked surfers, all of whom discovered something new while traveling with us.

CHECK HERE for more information, a detailed description and a day-to-day itinerary of our KwaZulu-Natal Surf Trips.

We’re looking forward to our next Surf Trip to Mozambique, from 30 July to 13 August !!! For more information send an email to: info@unravelsurftravel.com

Garden Route Surf Trip #26

After a very busy start to the season, with two big groups on Surf Trip 24 & Surf Trip 25, things slowed down a bit toward the tail end of summer. A smaller group was on the cards for Surf Trip No.26 at the end of February and into March. And it was a welcome change !!! Bigger groups are busy and super fun, but smaller groups allow for tighter twists and turns, fitting into spaces that normally wouldn’t allow for groups at all…

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For more info on upcoming trips, and to see our different itineraries, check out our Surf Trips.

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!

Umzumbe KwaZulu-Natal Surf Tour St Lucia Surfing Holiday

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!

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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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Garden Route Surf Trip #19

Unravel Surf Travel organized and hosted another awesome SURF & Yoga Tour in March 2015 !!!

We were fortunate to receive another incredible group of travelling surfers and surf-enthusiasts, because, while we organize the Tour, ultimately it’s the people who make the Tour.

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After arrival in Cape Town, we travelled up the Garden Route and based ourselves in the idyllic Buffels Bay, where only a small collection of holiday-beach-houses line numerous quality surf-breaks.

Set in the Goukamma Nature Reserve, Buffels Bay is pristine. It’s protected status not only preserves the beautiful beaches and surrounding nature, but also gives it that unique beach-vibe. The ultimate surfing playground in an unspoilt paradise.

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Our days in Buffels Bay were centred around surfing, surfing and more surfing, under the expert guidance of our resident Surf Instructors !!!

We spent countless hours in the water, enjoying the un-crowded waves. And when we could surf no more, we enjoyed the serenity of this unique setting, truly the gem of the Garden Route.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto StoryTo relieve our tired muscles and we practised Yoga with a qualified local Yoga Instructor. Which helped us to spend even more time surfing! Maximizing whatever energy we could harness, to be spent in the ocean.

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On those days that surfing conditions weren’t ideal we made some time to explore the Garden Route and partake in the finest scenery and adventure this incredible coastline has to offer.

A Safari Game Drive at a beautiful Game Reserve was first on the menu !!!

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And, speaking of menu’s… Eating GOOD food is obviously a very important requirement to keep hungry surfers going, surfing all day every day !!!

We pride ourselves on the quality food we provide on Surf Tour.

We cater for meat-lovers, vegans and vegetarians, and we’re building a reputation for exceptional quality, taste and variety.

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Our only requirement is that you eat as much as you need, to power yourself for the next day’s surfing!

Because on Surf Tour with Unravel Surf Travel there’s one thing we make sure of: you surf plenty of the best waves, the finest selection of what’s on offer !!!

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To add some variety to our board-riding platter, we also tried sand-boarding. And we discovered just how much sand it takes to make the biggest sand dune in South Africa…

Speeding down those dunes were awesome fun !!! … but three days later we were still shaking off the sand… Which, off course, isn’t really a problem if you’re surfing everyday anyway !!!

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We also visited the world’s highest Bridge Bungee Jump, at the Bloukrans Bridge, where the craziest people in the group got their adrenaline pumping…

… by jumping into the 216m abyss below !!!

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To calm things we down a bit, we mellowed out with unforgettable sunset-drumming sessions on the beach, with a local expert drummer! Drumming to the combined rhythm of our hearts and waves breaking against rocks…

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And off course, as is customary on every Unravel Surf Travel Tour of the Garden Route, we enjoyed a day of life-enriching-fun with The Surfer Kids NON-Profit, a local Non-Profit organization, supported by Unravel Surf Travel.

The Surfer Kids NON-Profit makes the dream of surfing possible for a group of marginalised, but dedicated, young surfers from a local rural community. A place where few ever have the opportunity to otherwise follow their dreams…

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We were scheduled to finish the Tour with a visit to Cape Town, to see some of the mother city’s most impressive sights… But before we did, we had one last absolutely incredible surf session…

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And so we took on the long and winding road to Cape Town, eager to return to the Mother City.

It’s a long drive, but off course, travelling with Unravel Surf Travel, there’s never a dull moment on the road!

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story En route to Cape Town we stopped at a wine farm to sample some of the Western Cape’s finest wines. The wine maker took us on a cellar tour and explained all the nuances of harvesting grapes and making good wine. It was a great insight into that delicate process of extracting and balancing tastes.

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The area is well known for having the ideal climate, perfectly suited to growing vineyards. Some of the world’s finest wines come from this particular wine farm. And to compliment their world class range of wines, the wine farm offers a menu inspired by the love of good food. The perfect companion to the perfect glass of wine!

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Once in Cape Town we were eager to explore! With the expert guidance of our resident Tour Guide we set off on foot, walking to explore the inner city, sampling some of Cape Town’s notorious sights, as well as her hidden delights…

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography. Your Foto Story It was almost time to say goodbye, but not until we made one final trip, to experience the full extent of the Cape Peninsula’s awesome beauty.

High up on our list of priorities was the Cape of Good Hope, symbolically the southern most tip of Africa, and aesthetically the edge of a great continent!

And it’s easy to see why…

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We ended the Surf Tour with goodbyes at the airport, but in our hearts and minds we were all still in that happiest of happy places… riding the ultimate wave…

A place where we will always return !!!

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Or email:

hermann@unravelsurftravel.com

Yours in surfing, love and life

Hermann & Jenya