The Surflodge South Africa is located on the south coast of South Africa, in the Garden Route region, whose climate is shaped by the Indian Ocean. The summer months are moderately warm and the winters are mild. The warmest travel time around the Garden Route are the South African spring and summer months (September / October to April / May). In the winter months it can get cold and damp. However, stable high-pressure weather conditions can often be found in winter too, with nice, dry weather and mild temperatures. Basically you will always find a surf spot along the Garden Route; You have constant swell in the South African winter months (June to August). The best conditions in Jeffrey’s Bay can be found from March to September, especially in July and August. Then the barrels pump here and there is an offshore wind, which ensures the best conditions.
Air and Water Temperature
The average water temperature in South Africa in January, February and March is around 22 ° C. In April it gradually begins to sink and in August the water is usually only 18 ° C. Fortunately, only one month is affected, because the water temperatures rise again in September. Despite the slight cooling of the water, there is the possibility of surfing, snorkeling and swimming in South Africa all year round.
Water and air temperature are crucial for the strength of a wetsuit. When surfing in South Africa, we always recommend wearing a wetsuit, because this not only protects against cold and sunburn, but also against abrasions. In winter, a 4/3 mm or 3/2 mm thick wetsuit is recommended for surfing in South Africa. In the summer months, a wetsuit with 2 mm or a shorty is enough. In our Pure Surflodge South Africa you can also borrow the right wetsuit.
Surf Spots in South Africa
On the west coast of JBay is one of the best surf spots in the world - Supertubes. This reefbreak produces epic right waves and should only be visited by advanced surfers. This surf spot runs best at North, SouthWest, NorthEast Swell and Mid Tide. The waves can reach a length of 300 m to 500 m here. The Billabong Pro surf contests take place in Supertubes in July.
Kitchen Windows (JBay)
Kitchen Windows is an ideal point break (reef break) that creates left and right waves. This surf spot is suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers. Even a small swell is enough to be able to surf great here. In the winter months the waves are much bigger than in summer and you often have the line-up all to yourself.
Salad Bowls (JBay)
In JBay is the surf spot Salad Bowls, which is known for small fun barrels. This surf spot on the south coast of South Africa is a point break that generates waves breaking to the right. South West, South Swell and Mid and High Tide are ideal.
Cape Saint Francis (30 Minutes from JBay)
Cape Saint Francis is a world class point break (reef break) suitable for beginners and advanced surfers. For this permanent point break, you need North, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, North East Swell, which runs at all tides and generates waves breaking to the right. Every surfer can catch a wave here, because this surf spot in South Africa is not yet very busy.
Seal Point (30 Minutes from JBay)
Seal Point is a point break that should only be surfed by advanced surfers. This surf spot on the south coast of South Africa produces beautiful right waves at West, South West and South and only at High Tide. The line-up is not yet crowded here.
Bruce's Beauties (30 Minutes from JBay)
Bruce's Beauties is located south of JBay and should only be surfed by experienced surfers. This point break creates waves breaking to the right at South East and East Swell. You should visit this surf spot at low or mid tide.
Hullets Reef (30 Minutes from JBay)
Hullets Reef is also further south of JBay and is a great surf spot for advanced surfers. This reef rocky break creates left and right waves. Best time to go is at South West, South Swell and Mid and High Tide.
Buffels Bay (2,5hrss west from JBay)
Buffels Bay is a point break that conjures up mega right waves. This surf spot on the south coast of South Africa should only be visited by advanced surfers. Buffels Bay needs an enormous South Swell to run. The best waves for surfing arise at mid and high tide. If you catch a wave here, you can surf it up to 500 m.
Victoria Bay (3hrs. west from JBay)
Victoria Bay is a well known point break for both beginners and advanced surfers. In Victoria Bay there are beautiful long right waves at every tide. With a little luck, you can also surf a barrel or two at this surf spot in South Africa.
Stillbay (halfway between Cape Town and JBay)
Still Bay is one of the many bays in South Africa with a constant point break that creates right waves. This surf spot in South Africa runs best at South West Swell and Mid to High Tide. A perfect spot for advanced surfers to let off steam in the almost empty line-up.
discover the diversity of South Africa
The following airlines fly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to South Africa, where you can comfortably take your surfboard with you: With KLM you can take your boardbag within the baggage allowance without additional fees if it is no longer than 3 m and heavier than Is 23 kg. At South African Airways you can take your boardbag, less than 2 m in length, for free; everything that goes about it must be shipped as cargo. If you fly to South Africa with Lufthansa, then you have to pay 100 euros for a 2 m boardbag with a maximum weight of 32 kg.
You need a valid passport to enter the country. This must be valid for at least 30 days after the trip. For short-term tourist visits to South Africa, as a German, Austrian or Swiss citizen, you do not need a visa before entering if you have a valid passport and a valid return ticket with you. As a rule, you will be issued a visitor's visa for the period of the planned trip, but with a maximum validity of up to 90 days.
To be able to enter South Africa, you need proof that you have already been vaccinated against yellow fever. You will be sent back directly without a vaccination certificate. It is also recommended that you get vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio (polio), mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) and influenza.
Malaria is widespread in South Africa, but generally not on the coast of J-Bay, but rather inland. Depending on the travel destination (Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Buffalo Hills Game Reserve), it still makes sense to carry a prophylaxis (tablet intake) against malaria. It is recommended to take a sufficient supply with you, but all medicines can also be obtained in good quality on site. To additionally protect yourself against malaria, you should wear long trousers and long shirts in the affected regions, apply insect repellent to all free parts of the body and sleep under a mosquito net. To avoid diarrhea, you should only drink water of safe origin, e.g. bottled water, never tap water. You should also use drinking water to do the dishes and brush your teeth. You should definitely keep flies away from your food. When swimming in freshwater in South Africa, there is a risk of transmission of schistosomiasis, a worm disease. You can find the affected areas on the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office.
In South Africa you drive on the left and road signs often have a different meaning than in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For example, At 4-way-stop intersections, the car that stopped at the intersection first can start again. But don't let that stop you, because it's worth renting a car or camper in South Africa to explore surf spots, the Garden Route and safaris.
With debit and credit cards, you can withdraw money in South Africa as normal, but you should go to those in shopping malls, supermarkets and banks to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Mobile phones with German SIM cards and roaming functions can be used in South Africa. Alternatively, you can also get a cheap South African SIM card to be reachable.
In South Africa, possession, consumption, import and export and of course the trade in drugs are punishable. The penalties provided by law range from a fine to up to 25 years in prison, depending on the nature and seriousness of the crime. So stay away! In South Africa you should also not bathe naked, as this is punishable by law.
Further current information is available from the Federal Foreign Office, click here.
To make your surf trip to South Africa with Puresurfcamps a complete success, here are a few tips:
Do's In addition to world-class surf spots, South Africa also offers other highlights such as safari tours in the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, where you can experience giraffes, tigers, zebras and many other animals in the wild.
Another hot tip is the Buffalo Hills Game Reserve, where you can see antelopes, wildebeests, rhinos and buffalos. You should be curious about the evening program in the reservoirs, which consists of barbecues around the campfire and overnight accommodation in rustic safari tents. It is also a recommendation to drive the Garden Route along with the camper or rental car. You can find numerous surf spots, remarkable views and accommodation from surf camp to comfort hotel here. Many places invite you to swim, surf, linger and even watch penguins, whales and dolphins. Driving a car on the Garden Route in South Africa can get winding, but the roads have only recently been expanded and extended, making it a safe place to explore. Many rest areas offer a view of the interior with great flora and fauna - it is not for nothing that the Garden Route bears this name.
Further towards Cape Town you can take the cable car up to Table Mountain, South Africa's landmark. With a bottle of sparkling wine in your luggage, for example, you can then enjoy an unforgettable sunset with a view of Camps Bay and the coast.
The best way to experience the South African way of life is in one of the numerous markets that take place every week. Live music, eating, drinking, handicrafts - there is everything your heart desires. Particularly recommended are the Neighbor Goods Market - a gourmet market in the trendy Woodstock district (Saturdays), the Hout Bay Market - colorful market activity in the port of Hout Bay (Friday-Sunday). On First Thursdays (every first Thursday of the month), the city center around Long Street turns into a colorful art event.
Don'ts Despite the well-developed transport networks, you should not underestimate the distances and travel times - but it is said that the way is the goal.
South Africa is often windy, so you often don't notice how strong the sun is. So don't forget sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn.
April weather is known for South Africa, so do not leave warmer clothes or a jacket at home as the weather can change quickly. You can forget stress and haste on your surf trip to South Africa, because punctuality is not so important in here.
South Africa combines everything that makes for a perfect surf vacation with our Worldwide Surf Camps, because in addition to the world-class waves and white sandy beaches, the southernmost country of the African continent has a fascinating culture and a unique flora and fauna to offer! So you can not only surf the world's best waves, but also experience lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and many other fascinating animals in the wild on safari. There is also the highest bungee jump in the world in the middle of nature. South Africa's culture is exotic and diverse. Depending on the region, you can see the influence of Indian, Dutch, English or French culture. The population also reflects this. The "Rainbow Nation" consists of 80 percent black Africans, plus white, colored and Asian people. You can get an insight into authentic South African life, for example, in one of the markets or in the "Community Projects". Here you can spend half a day with African children, which will be a wonderful experience and an enrichment for both sides.
Learn to surf in South Africa
JBAY is known for the best right-hand point break in the world. It is not for nothing that this renowned spot has often been among the venues of the ASP World Championship Tour. Jeffreys Bay has a multitude of different waves. Seven point breaks run side by side. There are not only the best waves in South Africa, but also surf spots for every level - from beach breaks that are ideal for beginners to slow points for good intermediates to waves for the pros, there is something for everyone. For the complete surfer lifestyle you can stock up very cheaply in the outlet stores of the big surf brands. To round off the perfect surf day, the numerous bars offer a great location.
The best right-hand pointbreak in the world
Surf Lodge in JBay
Surf Lodge South Africa
Are you ready for a surf adventure, the best barrels in the world and the magic of the wild? Then off to South Africa, to our Surf Lodge South Africa! show me the Surf Lodge! The east, west and south coasts get swells regularly and consistently - perfect surfing in South Africa is guaranteed! We not only offer you fantastic waves and adventures in Jbay, but also a great surf lodge that is divided into a suite, double and multi-bed rooms. Many of the rooms have sea views and allow you to see the sunrise from your bed. The living room and the open kitchen are available for all guests in the Pure Surf Lodge South Africa. Every day there is a delicious breakfast in the Pure Surf Lodge South Africa with fresh regional fruits to start the next surf session.
Every week you can take part in the typical South African BBQ and get to know other surfers. On all other days you can prepare delicious dishes yourself or together with the other guests in the kitchen. After a successful day of surfing, you may not want to cook. Then you can go to the nearby restaurants and bars. With the surf courses you can choose between a basic or medium course and a surf guiding, which differ in terms of duration.
In the surf course, you will receive solid basic training in small groups and with individual support, consisting of paddling, take-off and first turns. Our top trained surf guides are at your side with tips and tricks. You can also opt for surf guiding, in which J-Bay surf spots are approached by our surf guides depending on swell, tide and wind.
All of our surf guides are very familiar with the local conditions and point out all the special features. The nearby surf outlets invite you to shop for new surfing equipment and the bars tempt you with a cool drink as a reward after the surf day. Of course, other leisure activities are also available, such as an adventurous trip to a safari park or a bungee jump from the highest bridge in South Africa.
South Africa is exceptionally different and for everyone: surfing, adventure, romantic walks or a party - everyone will find their own experience here that you will not soon forget. Pure surf camps do everything they can to prepare you a dream surf holiday with the beautiful South Africa surf lodge!
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