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Surf camp South Africa is located in the surf resort town of Jeffreys Bay in South Africa's Eastern Cape region.

The town used to be a quiet fishing village until its sandy warm beaches and perfect surfing bays were discovered. Today it is touted as the surfing Mecca of South Africa and is home to the one and only ASP-stop on the world surf championship tour on the African continent.

The area receives consistent swells from the Indian Ocean and provides great surfing all year round for both beginners and more experienced surfers. The waves just go on and on in perfect right-hand point-breaks, which are said to be some of the world's best.

South Africa is not only famous for its amazing surfing. It is also the land where you can meet lions and elephants in their own backyard. We wouldn't want any of our guests visiting this amazing country to miss out on these stunning experiences. Therefore, one guided visit to a safari game drive is included for all guests.

Jeffreys Bay is situated just 35 km west of the gateway city of Port Elizabeth, where airport pick up is included for all guests. With its unique combination of beautiful beaches, endless summers and relaxed lifestyle, Jeffreys Bay has a true surf atmosphere. After a great day of surfing you can hang out at many of the local surf bars or stroll on the beach and comb for rare and beautiful shells.

Temperatures are moderate all year round along the coast with rain scattered throughout the year. The summers (October to March) are warm with a very temperate humidity level. Winters are mild and pleasant with good surf year round.

Surf school

The surf school has some of the best surf instructors in South Africa. Head coach Etienne Venter has been the selector of the national South African springbok surf team for many years.

In general, beginner lessons are run at Main Beach, a very safe, gentle beach break and intermediate lessons take place at Kitchen Windows, a gentle reef break with easy lefts and rights. But the surf school is also completely mobile, meaning that you at least once per week (depending on weather conditions) will visit other breaks

Depending on your level of surfing, the surf instructors will guide you and help you to improve your surfing skills. We guarantee that after one week of surf school the complete beginner will be able to surf and the experienced surfer will have improved greatly.

The following is included for students attending the surf school:

  • Pick up / drop off at Port Elizabeth airport
  • Accommodation - standard or upgraded
  • 2h surf school on every day of your stay
  • All surf equipment needed
  • Breakfast everyday of your stay
  • One guided visit to a safari game park
  • A visit to a local Jeffreys Bay board shaper
  • Internet access

If you have arranged your own accommodation, you can also book surf school only. This includes 2 hours of surf lessons, all equipment needed and pick up from your hotel in the J-bay area.


Surfari is a great option for more experienced surfers. Every day there is a different swell, a different wind etc. This doesn't matter if you book a Surfari with us. Every day you will be accompanied by a professional local surf guide who will show you the famous waves from the movie Endless Summer, including legendary Bruce's beauties, Seal point, Cape Saint Francis etc.

Your surf guide will tell you all about the spots, how to get in and out, the currents, type of wave, etc. You will also receive feedback on how to improve your surfing skills. As most Muslims go to Mecca, surfers should come to this area once in their life!!!

The following is included in the surfari:

  • Pick up / drop off at Port Elizabeth airport
  • Accommodation - standard or upgraded
  • Surfaris with a local guide every day of your stay
  • Transportation to the best waves of the day
  • All surf equipment needed
  • Breakfast everyday of your stay
  • One guided visit to a safari game park
  • A visit to a local Jeffreys Bay board shaper
  • Internet access


The accommodation we offer is a great deal. Depending on your preferences we can offer you two different types of accommodation, standard or upgraded.

The standard alternative means you will get your own bed and locker but share a room with others surfers and guests in a backpacker style hostel.

If you are traveling as a couple or in a group, we can also offer you accommodation in double rooms with Satellite TV, private bathroom and stunning sea/surf views on the legendary Jeffreys Bay Supertubes break (upgraded accommodation).

Both the standard and upgraded alternative include breakfast and the standard option also includes dinner. There is also free use of the fully equipped kitchen and all facilities like pool table, lounge, balconies, garden, bar, Satellite TV and DVD. All rooms are Spacious, clean and serviced daily with linen and duvets included.

For larger groups it's also possible to book accommodation in self catered apartments next to the camp.

The surf camp is located only 25 meters away from a beautiful beach with rock pools, dolphins, collector's seashells, and superior waves. The atmosphere is relaxed, laid-back and has a home-away-from-home feeling. You will wake up to the sound of waves pounding the shore, a fresh sea breeze revitalizing the travel weary body, stirring within the anticipation of a "dream day" of surf.

If you, or someone in your party, don't plan to surf, you can choose 'Accommodation only', which includes accommodation and breakfast.


Arrival to the area is usually done by air through the gateway city of Port Elizabeth (airport code: PLZ). When you arrive at the airport one of the staff members will meet you and give you a ride to the surf camp. Upon departure you will get a ride back to the airport.

The airport pick up is included for all guests booking a full surf school or surfari package. For guest only booking accommodation the pick up costs 80 EUR (both ways)

Port Elizabeth has many daily flight connections with Cape Town (airport code: CPT) and Johannesburg (airport code: JNB) which are served by several international companies including, Iberia (via Madrid), Air France (via Paris), British Airways (via London), United Airlines(via New York),KLM (via Amsterdam), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), South African Airways (via Frankfurt) etc.

This camp is rated 4.6/5

Based on 16 surfing experiences

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I loved staying in Jeffreys Bay, SA. I was suppossed to stay for only 2 weeks to learn how to surf, but i extended my stay for a month more :) The people here are so nice and the surfing is just so addictive. I love it. Thank you very much! Female, age 20, from United States
September, 2015
I had an excellent stay in J-Bay, great hostel with lovely people. Etienne is a great surf instructor, he really took care about everybody from the camp. I will definitely plan to go back. Male, age 27, from Switzerland
March, 2015

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