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Surfing Holidays in South Africa

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English

The soft easy, gentle gradient of Coffee Bay beach makes it the perfect spot to learn to surf or to work on improving your surfing technique and skills. Conditions are often perfect for lessons with super safe, waist deep water for your surf lessons. Coffee Shack uses the best learner-specific soft boards, and as you progress they can also supply more advanced boards for the intermediate surfer. The focus is on you learning to surf quickly, effectively and with style. Secondly, as with everything at Coffee Shack, you should have fun and enjoy the experiences whilst learning something new.


  • Professional instructors
  • Enjoy the pristine beaches of Coffee Bay
  • Consistent waves offering many surfing opportunities
  • Comprehensive lessons for beginner and intermediate surfers
  • Ideal year-round retreat for surfers at all levels
  • Various stunning spots to be discovered
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Right on the beach, Coffee Shack has clean, safe, budget accommodation. The dorm rooms have either 6 or 8 beds. Choose from traditional thatched rondavels on the beach side or stay closer to the action on the main side. Coffee Shack has one 6-bed girls-only dorm on the main side in a traditional thatched rondavel. Use the well-appointed shared bathrooms.


Experience solid 5 days of surf madness. In this package, you will be equipped with the essential knowledge necessary to make a success of your surfing. In the start, you will be taught the basics of surfing which involves exploring the theory, as well as ensuring progression within your surfing at the same time. They will teach you how to catch green waves and make sure you have what it takes to tackle the surfing world. There is nothing stopping you; get your surfing to the next level and take your first steps to becoming an intermediate. Do not forget that you will also have time to hang in the Coffee Shack hammocks and live the surfers dream.


This retreat will take place at Coffee Bay, South Africa.

Nearby places

  • Breezy Point
  • Ebalow
  • Hole-in-the-Wall
  • Lwandile Point
  • Mazeppa Bay
  • Mbomvu Bay
  • Mdumbi Point
  • Mpame
  • Sharks Point
  • Sharpleys Reef
  • Stoney Point
  • Wacky Point



  • Hiking nearby
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball court


  • Beach
  • Caf nearby
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • River nearby


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service
  • Room cleaning

Things to do (optional)

Hole-in-the-Wall hike

An always popular 3-hour walk to one of the regions most beautiful natural features. This 9-kilometer coastal hike takes you through remote rural villages, passing the baby Hole-in-the-Wall before reaching the Mpako River that passes through the Hole-in-the-Wall. Relax under the milk woods or go for a swim while the guide prepares a tasty lunch of sandwiches toasted on the open fire. If the ocean permits, try a daring jump into the hole. Coffee Shack will then drive you back along the scenic gravel road, arriving just in time for a sundowner with a favourite drink.

Mpuzi cliffs and caves

If you enjoy exploration and adventure, this is the day trip for you. A spectacular day spent picking your way down goat paths along the Mpuzi cliff edge. Check out the caverns and the Bat Cave, discover hidden pathways and secret pools and do some mind-blowing cliff jumps! Scramble back up the rocks and teeter across the land-bridge back to the camp for lunch under the trees. Then get the adrenalin going again with a cliff jump into the Mpuzi River before returning to Coffee Shack.

Village walk

Take a walk into the hills with one of the local guides and experience a way of life far removed from yours. The Xhosa people in the Transkei still live a very traditional lifestyle. You will get to see the sacred pools, get your face painted with clay and have a traditional Xhosa meal at a Mamas hut. After a delicious meal youll stroll to the shebeen to sample some maize beer and maybe even get to visit the local traditional healer to test some of their traditional medicine. This is a genuine experience where you will get to interact with the locals, ask questions and learn a lot.

Village dinner

Every friday, you are invited by one of three families to attend a traditional Xhosa meal, singing and dancing and a chance to talk to the locals about life, customs and traditions in the area.

Village overnight

Coffee Shack supports Elvin and his family in opening his home to Coffee Shack guests if they would like to experience and learn more about the realities of life in a traditional rural Transkei village. It is a chance to get involved in family life and learn the traditional roles of men and women in the family, collect water, collect wood, make mud bricks, look after the animals, share a meal and learn the Xhosa language.

Beach day

On beach days, you get a chance to have a surf lesson, play volley ball or soccer, relax in the sun or under the trees and make use of the surf boards after your lesson. If you have already had a surf lesson and just want to use the boards, then you can also join in. If you just want to come and relax on the beach, have lunch and read a book while your friends tackle the waves, then you can also sign up.

What's included

  • 5 breakfasts and dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 7 surfing lessons
  • Board hire
  • Transfers
  • Wetsuits and boards for the lessons

How to get there

Driving directions from Durban

Take the N2 to Mthatha and continue on towards East London. After 20 kilometers, take the Coffee Bay/ Mqanduli exit. Continue on this road for 80 kilometers and you will arrive in Coffee Bay. The road is tarred the whole way, however it has quite a few potholes after about half-way, so drive carefully and plan to arrive in daylight. Keep an eye out for stray animals and pedestrians.

Driving directions from Elizabeth

Take the N2 towards Mthatha. 20 kilometers before Mthatha, take the Coffee Bay/ Mqanduli exit. Off-ramp to the left and then turn right under the bridge. Continue on this road for 80 kilometers and you will arrive in Coffee Bay. The road is tarred the whole way, however it has quite a few potholes after about half-way, so drive carefully and plan to arrive in daylight. Keep an eye out for stray animals and pedestrians.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mthatha Airport (UTT). Coffee Shack will pick you up from the airport. The pickup is included in the price.

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