South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
From the excitement of its incredible cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg to the wild beauty of its stunning wilderness, South Africa is a destination of incredible diversity and history. It is also a huge country – as big as Spain and France put together. But South Africa’s real charm is in its variety: from the jaw-droppingly beautiful Garden Route to the sprawling deserts and national parks. The rich cultural experiences you will find in every part of this proud nation also marks it out as a special place to visit.
But South Africa is also known for its spectacular coastline. The mesmeric waves that crash relentlessly onto the beaches around this country make it one of the world’s great surfing hotspots. But if you are planning to join the throngs of surfers who flock to this beautiful country every year, where should you go? Here are our recommendations for the three best surf spots in South Africa.
We have made our choices with all ability levels in mind, so there’s something here for everyone.
1. Big Bay – Beginner level
This is one of the best beaches in South Africa for people who are learning how to surf, with plenty of surf schools and a designated training area on the beach. Statistics show that learning to surf is very safe with only 2.2 injuries suffered per surfer for every 1,000 days. And that is certainly the case in Big Bay itself. Situated between Melkbosstrand and Blue Berg Strand, this vibrant town is dominated by surf culture and surfers. So, enjoy the nightlife and relish the fantastic conditions that will allow you to learn quickly and really begin to savour the sport.
2. Elands Bay – Intermediate level
Only a drive away from the magnificence of Cape Town, the 3-hour road trip will be worth it once you get to Elands Bay. The town itself is charming and full of things to do. And the beach has a great atmosphere among the surf community, who always seem to know how to enjoy themselves more than most. The lack of rocks here make this beach very safe for surfers. The magical mountains provide a beautiful backdrop and all in all it is a brilliant place to build on your surfing technique and become an expert.
3. Jeffrey’s Bay – Advanced level
Voted the second-best wave on the planet by CNN, Jeffrey’s Bay ranks behind only the iconic Pipeline in Hawaii. This town has been a surfing mecca since the 1960s when surfers discovered it and word began to spread. The surfing area, known as The Point, was taken for granted for a number of years before a community group known as the Supertubes Surfing Foundation came together around the turn of the century, to clean up the beaches and preserve the sand dunes. Rides here will run up to 800m. It is easy to see why world-class surfing competitions are held here.
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