5 Perfect places to surf South Africa

If you're a beginner and want to surf South Africa, then look no further. We put together a list of the top five aweseome places to surf South Africa.

With sea temperatures that never drop below 15°C, excellent waves for all levels of surfers, exciting cultures, diverse landscapes, delicious food, surfing schools, surf camps and every adrenalin activity you can think of, South Africa has it all.

South Africa is a country that, around every corner, will surprise you with another stunning natural landscape, from the deserts of Kalahari to urban Cape Town, where you can see the native flora creeping up the slopes of Table Mountain from the various surf line-ups as the sun sets.

To get the most out of your time in the water, we have listed the top 5 best beginner surf beaches in South Africa below, allowing you to make the most out of your surf holiday of a lifetime, stress free and able to enjoy this country to the fullest.

1. Coffee Bay, Wild Coast

From April to August, enjoy two types of waves. A point break and the main beach break that offers both left and right peaks.  In the town of Coffee Bay you can surf South Africa easily. The town of Coffee Bay is in the Eastern Cape Province.

A town located along the Wild Coast of South Africa. This area is known for their amazing views and beaches. It's also on the radars of surfers interested in wanting to surf South Africa. When you're not surfing you are able to hike scenic trails through the village. You also have the chance to find your own secluded beaches.

The beaches are known for the epic rock-faced cliffs, sweeping green hills which flow into white sand beaches.

2. Dolphin Beach, Jeffreys Bay

From April to September in advanced surfers visiting Dolphin Beach can have the chance to surf South Africa in the legendary tubes.

However, beginners aren't left out Dolphin Beach also has the best beginner surf beaches in South Africa. As a beginner surfer you can enjoy a slow left and right waves forgiving enough for a beginners.

Located in the Eastern Cape Provence, Dolphin Beach in the heart of Jeffreys Bay. Widely popular not only for surfers, but for those who appreciate epic views. The beach is a wide stretch of soft white sand, hit by consistent waves generated from uninterrupted swells of the Indian Ocean.

3. Nahoon, East London

In the town of Nahoon, East London, Eastern Cape, you'll find yourself in the wild and beautiful surf destination.

When you're not surfing be sure to checkout the Nahoon Fossil Prints which are the oldest Homo Sapien footprints in the world, dating back 200,000 years.

Nahoon's white sand beach is another great beginner place to surf South Africa. With two main waves to take note of. The main beach break which has both lefts and rights that are beginner friendly. For intermediate and advanced surfers, check out Nahoon reef, a right hand point that packs a bit more energy than the beach.

The best time to surf South Africa here is from April to September.

4. North Beach, Durban

Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province, Eastern South Africa.

This area has perfect waves for all surfers. Think of Durban as the capital of the South Africa surf scene. Durban is a great place to surf South Africa if you want to enjoy more restaurants and have more places to stay. When you're not surfing you can go on safari in the Kruger and Kalahari Gemsbok national parks.

Found on Durban’s spectacular ‘Golden Mile’, North Beach has beginner friendly waves and great swimming.

From March through June you can surf in North Beach. Which has multiple peaks. Notably, a heavy left towards the pier and right that breaks across the sandbar.

5. Muizenberg, Cape Town

From February to June, Muizenberg in False Bay, Western Cape is a great place to surf South Africa.

One of the best beginner beaches in South Africa serves up, with gentle walling left and rights, the perfect spot to learn and home of long boarding in this area of the cape.

Muizenberg Beach is a beautiful beach that is roughly a mile in length, but is part of the epic 25 miles stretch reaching Gordon’s Bay. This quaint suburb and neighborhood has all the amenities you would expect from a beach. Showers, bathrooms, coffee shops, an restaurants.

Final thought on where to surf South Africa

The nature heavy scenery and landscapes of South Africa also have so much more than just surfing. This area of the world is perfect for any active outdoor person. Offering a scenic backdrop for enjoying things like an try bungee jumping, rock climbing, sky diving, hiking, cycling and many other activities.

South Africa has many epic sights and activities. From visiting the national parks to visiting wineries in Cape Winelands, venturing along the forests along the Garden Route, then hiking the mountain ranges of Cederberg and Swartberg.

One of the best attractions to South Africa is the wildlife and is something you should definitely experience whilst you are there. South Africa is arguably the best safari destination in the world, offering the ‘Big Five’; lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino and many others in accessible parks and reserves. You can drive yourself and stay in the epic wilderness at Kruger, Kgalagadi and other parks on your own. To take things a step further you can take a guided drive and walk with adventurous rangers who protect the parks.

Book Your Surf Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book your flight
Find a cheap flight by using Google Flights. They are our favorite search engine because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know you're getting the best flight.

Book your surf hotel or surf accommodation
You can book a really unique and local place with AirBnB anywhere in the world. We used it recently in Sri Lanka to book a place withing a 3 minute walk to a surf break. If you want to stay somewhere other than an AirBnB, use Booking.com, as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, surf gear theft, and cancellations. Basically, you get protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a surf trip without it. We’ve been using World Nomads for close to ten years now.

Protect your personal data
When you travel, you're constantly logging into public Wi-Fi. VPNs are designed to protect all of your Internet traffic. This includes email, streaming music and video, voice calls, and anything else you can think of. We use ExpressVPN when we're on a surf trip.

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