SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL TIPS
Where are we?
Located in a small South African beach town called Umzumbe, we host our office as well as accomodation for our guests at our beach front lodge on Umzumbe Beach. We are situated on the North East Coast of South Africa, 1 hours drive south from Durban International Airport.
We run surf lessons and surf camps out of Durban Beachfront, as well as Umzumbe Beach. Our surf trips begin from Durban all the way to Mozambique, Durban to Jeffrey's Bay and around the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
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Booking & Payment
To book with SA Surfari, a 50% deposit is necessary to hold any reservations. Full Payment is needed 30 days prior to arrival dates for packages and custom tours.
Arriving to South Africa
Upon arrival to South Africa, your SA Surfari guide will greet you outside the baggage claim doors in the designated airport and take you on a scenic route to your accommodation. A brief overview of the itinerary will be discussed and each guest will receive a paper itinerary with information on each stay and activity with opportunity to ask as many questions as you like.
Most of South Africa is Malaria Free. Each tour destination, as well as the Umzumbe Surf House is Malaria Free.
Currency and Exchange Rates
If you are bringing outside currency, you will be able to exchange your bills for South African "Rand" (also seen as ZAR100 or R100) on the first or second day.
Exchange Rates are ever changing and can be checked here before you travel
Search “Currency Converter”
Your credit cards will need to be notified before using them internationally. If you do not notify your credit card company they may refuse the transaction. Most credit cards will charge an international transaction fee. You can contact your credit card company for more information.
ATM’s & Cash Machines
ATM’s and cash machines are located abundantly throughout South Africa. There will be ATM’s in the Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town Airports that will dispense South African Rand at that banks given exchange rate. There are also ATM’s at all Petrol and Gas Stations.
Weather & Clothing
Spring September to October 15-25*C or 60-75*F
Summer November to March 20-35*C or 75-95*F
Fall April to May 15-20*C or 60-70*F
Winter June to August 10-17*C or 50-65*F
Although South Africa hosts a warm summer climate, there can be unexpected change of weather, with high winds or cold fronts, so packing for a few cool days and nights is suggested.
South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Home to a wild array of biomes, we have mountains, beaches, farm land, wine country, dry desert, bushveld, and major metropolitan cities. You will experience each type of scenery on your trip.
Most of the “Big 5”, Rhino, Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, are found in game reserves where they can be viewed by professional game drives and walks. However, monkeys, antelope, zebras and other smaller furred critters are common around most of the country side and urban areas.
Internet & Wifi
Internet is usually a Slow to Medium Speed Wifi. Most places with Wifi will charge per MB or R30-R40 per hour.
Food & Dining Out
The local foods in South Africa consist of meats, poultry, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pizza, etc. As well as, traditional African and Malay food, Indian food, Sushi and Italian food. A casual sit down meal will cost around R100 per person ($12.00 US per person).
What to Bring
Emergency Contact Information
Books and/or music
Beach Towel (or you can buy one here)
A Travel Neck Pillow (for those long flghts and car rides)
An International electrical plug compatible with South Africa’s outlets
A sweatshirt and warm pants (Although South Africa is a warm climate, we have very cool mornings and nights)
Sneakers or boots for walking and/or hiking
On Game Drives
Scarf or Sarong (to protect you from wind and dust)
On Surf Trips
Most surfing equipment is readily available through out SA and in some cases, cheaper then other countries. If you want to save yourself from packing a ton, leave your 10 sticks of wax at home.
Things you should bring:
• Wetsuit (depending on where your surfing and when, inquire if unsure)
• Surfboard (see below)
• Rash Guard or Thermal Top
• Spare leash/s, spare fins, ding repair kits (these items are available in SA but tend to cost more)
• Surfing Etiquette (If you are unsure, we will teach you)
Traveling With Surfboards
Travelling with surfboards is almost always an issue. If you absolutely can not part with your magic stick then we advise you to book your flights around this and pack wisely. Some airlines have a “sporting baggage allowance” which includes surfboards and therefore they fly free, others do not and may charge you up to $200 per flight, international and domestic! Please check with your airlines sporting equipment policies to find out their rules and fees.
Renting or Buying a Custom Surfboard in SA
If you’re looking to try something new, you can save money by buying or renting a board when you arrive to South Africa, as surfboards are less expensive here. We have a full selection of rental boards, beginner to performance as well as a local shaper that could make you a custom board before you arrive.
Where we travel?
On our Surf Trips, we have 3 set itineraries to choose from.
1. The North Coast Trip travels from Durban and North along the North East Coastline up to Mozambique
2. The Wild Coast Trip travels from Durban and South along the Transkei Coastline and to Jeffreys Bay
3. The Cape Town Trip travels from Cape Town and North along the Garden Route Coastline and to Jeffreys Bay
4. On our custom Surf Trips we can travel wherever your heart desires; North, South, East, West, Namibia, Mozambique, ect.