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A Guide to the Best Surf Spots in Africa

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Africa finds itself at the crossroads of two major oceans. And for millennia, visitors have been drawn to its pristine shores.

 

That’s why surfers from around the world come to Africa each year. It is considered to have some of the best breaks around, primarily in two locations: South Africa, and Morocco. Both countries offer something entirely different to visitors, with distinct cultures and sights that will make these trips much more than just surfing getaways. And with flight tickets as cheap as ever, there’s practically no excuse to not go below the equator for surf, and sun.

That’s where FlightNetwork comes in. We’re on the hunt to discover where the best spots to surf are in the world, and that has taken us to Africa. Now, we’re proud to present our latest guide, which really has something for everyone. No matter your experience or preference, there’s a tide for you to ride on. Keep scrolling to find your next getaway.

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South Africa

1. Son Surf Jeffreys Bay  |  2. Gary’s Surf School  |  3. Surf Emporium Muizenberg

4. Stoked School of Surf  |  5. Umzumbe Surf Camp

 

Morocco

1. Surf Berbere  |  2. Original Surf Morocco  |  3. Mirage Surf

4. Azrac Surf Morocco  |  5. Surf Maroc  |  6. Mint Surf 

7. Salt Surf Taghazout  |  8. Moroccan Surf Journey 

9. Pro Surf Morocco Yoga & Surfcamp  |  10. Easy Surf Maroc Surf & Yoga Villa |  11. Dfrost Almugar Surf & Yoga

12. Spot-M Surf Camp

 

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South Africa

 

1. Son Surf Jeffreys Bay

Location: Eastern Cape

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

Jeffreys Bay is already a Mecca amongst surf lovers. And for very good reason: it’s home to one of the most serene surfs, not only in Africa, but also, the world. Beyond that, it has a local culture that is equal parts creative, and cool, with a diverse offering of craft breweries, and renowned restaurants. That might explain why Billabong has its offices here, or why it’s racked up awards from surfing organizations and magazines around the world. So you might be staying for a while. (Okay, fine, for a few weeks.)

 

 

With that being said, Son Surf Jeffreys Bay pays tribute to that with an assortment of affordable surfing lessons, offered at all skill levels. Prospective surfers can choose between one-off lessons, and full camp packages. For more information on pricing and timing, check out the Son Surf website here.

 

2. Gary’s Surf School

Location: Cape Town

Best Time to Go: All-Year

 

They call it Cape Town for a reason: located on a peninsula, this scenic South African center is able to experience surfs from two separate oceans: the Indian, and the Atlantic. What does that mean for you? No matter what the wind situation is, there is always a good surf somewhere. Which means that Cape Town is really open year-round to surfing, wherever the tide takes it. Not to mention everything else Cape Town is known for: culture; cuisine; and a seemingly endless supply of natural beauty.

With a good surf always at its fingertips, there is practically a surf for everyone. As one of the first surf schools in the area, Gary’s Surf School, which sits along the famous Muizenberg beach, caters to beginners, who may be relatively new to surfing and finding the right swell to hang loose. But if there was ever a place to get your start in surfing, then it’s here, on the cape. Lessons are only given on the low tide, and reservations in advance are recommended. Pricing starts at $50.

Interested? Then head to the Gary’s Surf School site here.

 

 

3. Surf Emporium Muizenberg

 

Location: Cape Town

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

 

The idyllic Muizenberg beach is one of Cape Town’s most famous, namely because of its location: smack dab in the center. As a result, the beach is home to all types of different breaks and tides—be it beginner, intermediate, or advanced—which are constantly crashing, and breaking at the shore. Surfers are encouraged to take their pick at what’s been called “South Africa’s surfing nursery.”

That’s where the Surf Emporium comes in. This bounty of selection offers the surf school and shop prime access to the pristine tides. Surfers of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds should feel so obliged to take them up on that. Classes begin at R240 per person.

Ready to ride? Then make sure you’re all booked up here.

 

 

4. Stoked School of Surf

 

Location: Cape Town

Best Time to Go: Summer Months

 

We’re not leaving Cape Town just yet, not before at least we pay a visit to Stoked School of Surf. The mobile surf school is a perfect example of what Cape Town has on display with its two coastlines—it takes advantage of the many breaks here, by offering classes at all skill levels. While other classes are less costly, the two-day ‘Surf n’ Stay’ (which costs 170 euros) is a must if you’ve made surfing your reason for coming here: you’ll not only have enough time to hit the waves whenever you should desire, but also, you’ll have a front-row seat to Cape Town itself—which isn’t all surf (although we wouldn’t be upset if it was). Rather, there is a wealth of activities, from trying five-star eateries to tasting the wines of the region, that are available. You just have to go out and find out.

 

 

Start here, at the Stoked School of Surf website.

 

5. Umzumbe Surf Camp

Location: Umzumbe

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

We don’t leave South Africa without first making a pit stop in Umzumbe, which sits at the mouth of the Umzumbe River, on the country’s southeast shores. And in fact, the Umzumbe Surf Camp is a perfect perch to see the beach town, acting like a ‘Surfer’s B&B.’ The hostel-like setting provides common spaces for travelers and locals alike, where guests have access to the golden sands just outside. Surfing skill levels of all types are welcome; a dorm room can be procured for R200.

 

Ready to escape for a while? We are, too. Head to the Umzumbe Surf Camp site then.

 

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Morocco

 

1. Surf Berbere

 

Location: Taghazout

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

Taghazout is often considered Morocco‘s capital of surfing. And outside of the country, it’s recognized as a premier surfing destination amongst die-hards. Its breaks are legendary, and its views, extraordinary. Hash Point is on the center of the map there, with year-round breaks and sun that surfers from across the world come to enjoy. That’s where you’ll find Surf Berbere, a surf shop, camp, and cafe, where you’ll have everything at your disposal to take in the ocean breeze—and surf it, too.

 

 

The lessons start at 50 euros, but full packages, with yoga included, go for higher, at 450 euros. For all ticketing information, you can find details at the Surf Berbere website here.

 

 

2. Original Surf Morocco

 

Location: Agadir

Best Time to Go: October to April/May

 

Not far from the small beachside town of Taghazout is the city of Agadir, which also sits along the ocean, and has a surfing community all of its own. If you’re a lover of right hand point breaks, then this is your destination—a diverse selection of waves and breaks to fit your expertise, whether it’s your first time, or fiftieth. It’s here that Original Surf Morocco enters the picture, as a surf camp for surfers of all shapes and sizes. You’ll learn quite quickly why Morocco is such a perfect destination for sun, and surf.

Prices start at 68 euros for lessons, and close to 450 euros for full stays. To inquire further, head to their website here.

 

3. Mirage Surf

Location: Agadir

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

Why is Morocco such a perfect place to surf? For a few reasons. First is its location: it sits at the break of the North Atlantic Ocean, offering it some of the best right hand waves in the world, as we mentioned. Secondly, it’s incredibly proximate to Europe, making it all too easy to get to. And third, it’s Morocco—this is a land with an incredibly diverse culture, a renowned cuisine, and natural beauty, from the ocean to the scenic mountains. What else do you need?

Not much, it turns out. Mirage Surf, which sits along the shores of Agadir, is another great option for front-row access to both Moroccan surf, and play. The surf camp is home to qualified instructors who get to know each student, and their appropriate skill level. Surfing lessons and package prices vary. For pricing details, head to the site here.

 

 

4. Azrac Surf Morocco

Location: Agadir

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

While this guide is about the best surfing destinations in Africa, it would be a shame to get that far south, and not live a little. At FlightNetwork, we’re all about exploring the land or culture that you’ve stepped into, and engaging with the people who call it their home. And we can’t think of a better place to do this than Morocco, as we’ve said before in this post.

With that being said, Azrac Surf Morocco is great for this—run by a UK/Moroccan husband and wife, the surf camp is for experiences both intimate, and daring, with smaller surf groups, home-cooked meals by a Moroccan local, and surf spots that only the locals know about. Sound good? We know it would. Hit the website for more information on pricing, and packages.

 

 

5. Surf Maroc

Location: Taghazout

Best Time to Go: October to March

 

For Europeans, Taghazout is a gem. Only two to three hours away from most cities, the Agadir International Airport is a short, 40-minute ride from some of the best surfs in the entire world. And it’s really the only place near Europe that one can get year-round surfs and sun like this.  It’s no wonder then that this small town is considered a sanctuary for surf lovers, yogis, and other visitors throughout the year. As we’ve mentioned before, the surfs are just right for all skill levels, and there’s plenty more to do than just hit the waves.

Surf Maroc caters to that crowd with all-inclusive packages, that include lodging, food, lessons, and transport, for as little as 82 euros. Their coaches are trained to assess your skills, and come up with the best regiment to get you out on the water safely, and comfortably. For more information, head to the Surf Maroc site now.

 

 

6. Mint Surf

Location: Taghazout

Best Time to Go: September to May

 

There’s a reason why we haven’t left Taghazout just yet. Its irresistable surf and cultural destinations make it such a unique place, that it’s no wonder that a number of surf camps have set up shop here. Mint Surf is another must-see; the surf camp and school says the immense selection of waves here in Taghazout make it a “surf playground” for both amateurs, and seasoned veterans. It’s also a yoga retreat, for those looking to unwind and namaste a little. All you have to do is show up.

The prices for rooms start at 20 pounds a night, and lessons go for 40 pounds. More long-term package prices vary. If you plan on staying a while—which we highly recommend—then you can glean some more details off the website here.

 

 

7. Salt Surf Taghazout

 

Location: Taghazout

Best Time to Go: September to May

 

Taghazout has long been cherished as a destination for lovers of surf, and yoga. As a result, there are some more surfing institutions that have been around for a while—many of which we’ve listed here, as schools that deserve their due respect for reaching and teaching generations of surfers. But there is also a newer breed that are just now calling the famed Moroccan surf capital home, and that includes Salt Surf Taghazout. Its two rooftop terraces give visitors an incredible panoramic view of five different surfing spots, all at once. It’s from there that you can watch hundreds of surfers jump into the water at once, looking for the Next Big Wave to hit. And that includes you.

Yogis on retreat will wake up to a healthy breakfast, and escape into Paradise Valley, a natural retreat not too far away. Surfers can stay behind for lessons starting at 25 euros each, and individual coaching lessons. Both parties can come back together at night for tagines that you cannot leave Morocco without trying. That’s a compromise that we can get behind. Here’s their website for more information.

 

 

8. Moroccan Surf Journey

Location: Tamraght

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

In between the city of Agadir and the surfing capital of Taghazout—both of which we’ve gone into great detail about with this post—lies another surfing secret: Tamraght. With the North Atlantic ocean in front of you, and the mountains right behind you, this natural space is unique like the other two spots, insofar as offering a diverse palette of breaks for all skill types, and a welcoming culture that begs to be explored.

Moroccan Surf Journey is the place for all of that. Beginners and professionals alike can join together for surfing lessons, authentic Moroccan meals, and stunning sunsets. You just have to make sure you actually leave at some point. The surf camp is 63 euros a day, and 391 euros a week. Ready to escape for a while? Head to the site now.

 

 

9. Pro Surf Morocco Yoga & Surfcamp

Location: Tamraght

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

The key to Moroccan surfs is proximity: how close are you to where you need to be? Luckily, the answer is often ‘Right in front of it.’ Pro Surf Morocco Yoga & Surf Camp is a good example of this. Another Tamraght standout, you’re only 5 minutes away from the 5-minute bus to Taghazout, and 20-minute bus to Agadir. So both of those surfing destinations are at your fingertips. But also, the beach of Imourane is only a 10-minute walk away, offering famous surf spots with names like Devils Rock, Spiders, and CroCro. In other words: take your pick.

When you’re ready, there are 5 double twin rooms, one 4-bed room, and another 6-bed room, with shared bathrooms and WiFi in each. If you’re anxious to book your next getaway, the site is only a click away.

 

 

 

10. Easy Surf Maroc Surf & Yoga Villa

 

Location: Taghazout

Best Time to Go: September to April

For years on end, surfers have come to Morocco because there are very few places on the planet where you just have this many top-notch surfing destinations within arm’s reach. Take Easy Surf Maroc Surf and Yoga Villa, for example. Literally within a 15-minute drive, you can access over 20 surf spots. And not only just ordinary surf spots—these are considered some of the most cherished in the world. What’s better than that?

Easy Surf itself is located in an argan tree forest, with a swimming pool and newly opened yoga shala, offering pristine views of a banana beach. Surf package prices start at 60 euros. We’re not sure what else we need to say here, aside from… get going. Here’s the website.

 

 

11. Dfrost Almugar Surf & Yoga

Location: Taghazout

Best Time to Go: September to March

 

Our final destination in Taghazaout is Dfrost Almugar Surf & Yoga, which, like the other spots we’ve mentioned, boasts a remarkable closeness to some of the best surfing spots around. Within 10 km, again, are 20 surfing spots, just waiting to be shredded, and at Dfrost, you’ll be able to hit the waves fast with all-level lessons and trained coaches to get you started. Once you’re out of the water, jump back in with the beachside jacuzzi, or breathe out with a rooftop yoga shala, offering 180-degree views of the ocean. If this isn’t paradise, then we don’t know what is.

 

Share a room at 34 euros a night, and look into longer packages for a true vacation. For more details, hit the website here.

 

 

12. Spot-M Surf Camp

Location: Mirleft

Best Time to Go: All-year

 

We didn’t want to end this guide to Africa’s best surfing destinations with all of the Moroccan spots being in just one place—although we do not deny that they’re amazing in their own right. But before we go, we’re headed down south, to Mirleft, considered by some as one of the “last true frontiers” of surfing in Morocco. That’s because here, you’ll have instant access to untouched beaches with less crowds, and another Morocco must-see: the Sahara.

And if you’re in Mirleft, then find your way to Spot-M Surf Camp, where you can learn to surf, grow your surfing skills, or even join an expedition into the Sahara Desert for the day. There are surf and wellness retreats to tap into, as well as in-house meals and catering that offer authentic cuisine. If you’re landing nearby, airport transfers make it all too easy to get here. The lessons start at 25 pounds, and fuller packages for 325 pounds. Check the website for more details.

 

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Jump back to the best surfing spots in Africa:

 

South Africa

1. Son Surf Jeffreys Bay  |  2. Gary’s Surf School  |  3. Surf Emporium Muizenberg

4. Stoked School of Surf  |  5. Umzumbe Surf Camp

 

Morocco

1. Surf Berbere  |  2. Original Surf Morocco  |  3. Mirage Surf

4. Azrac Surf Morocco  |  5. Surf Maroc  |  6. Mint Surf 

7. Salt Surf Taghazout  |  8. Moroccan Surf Journey 

9. Pro Surf Morocco Yoga & Surfcamp  |  10. Easy Surf Maroc Surf & Yoga Villa |  11. Dfrost Almugar Surf & Yoga

12. Spot-M Surf Camp

 

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