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Learn to Surf Camp in South Africa

All difficulty levels

Umzumbe also is known as 'stebel rocks' is a right-hand point break suitable to surfers of all experience levels. This package is designed for the person hungry for surf and prefers a fully self-catering accommodation. Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to advance to the next level, this five-day course of surfing with room and self-catering provisions is the perfect way to spend time on the beach and work toward your goals in the water. There are cool people to hang out with if you want to socialize but the camp is quiet and it's never too busy. It's the perfect environment to relax.

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  • One-on-one instruction
  • Judging and catching waves
  • Beginner to advanced surfboards
  • Professional instruction from a staff
  • Self-catering (the surf house does not sell or serve food)
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Beautiful sea view

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


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  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga deck
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

You will be staying at Umzumbe Surf Camp. The house has 5 bedrooms, an open-plan common area with lounge, dining area and kitchen, all with a sea view. There are 2 toilets and 2 baths inside the house that are shared amongst all. There are two airy outdoor showers to rinse off in, with hot water taps and a cool sea breeze. The outdoor lounge is very welcoming, hugged with couches and pillows for leisurely reading or afternoon siestas. The outside deck and patio were designed for nothing but chilling in the sunbathing lounge chairs, picnic tables, hammocks, or swings under the fig tree.

The Surf Camp property has 2 luxury yet rustic bungalows with kitchens, baths, and outside showers. The property has seen generations of fun in the sun, beach holidays, parties, and honeymoons. There could be nothing better than to share that with more friends and family for many years to come.

The rooms are serviced daily, beds are made with white linens and new towels.


Umzumbe Surf House has five staff members. The receptionist and day manager works in the office daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The surf instructor and night manager lives on the property and is responsible for locking up the house, helping guests whenever needed, and taking care of the dogs. Two cleaning ladies who service the house daily are always happy and willing to assist you with anything you need from 7 a.m. to - 4 p.m. The gardener works every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Kitchen is a shared, self-catering, and fully equipped communal kitchen. They do not offer food or beverages of any kind.

There are some food shops in town and plenty of fridge space inside their seaside self-service kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with most necessities. *There is no freezer for storage but they do provide ice. Please note there is no extra space in the taff freezer for frozen foods, ice, or bait, so these will not be accommodated. There is an ice machine for cold drinks.

Baths and Wash Rooms

All baths and toilets are shared amongst the house but serviced daily and kept impeccably clean. There are two toilets inside the Main House; one shower inside the main house and two outdoor showers. Each bungalow has its own ensuite with an outdoor shower.


There is off-street, secure parking, and private access to Umzumbe beach.


Laundry service is available for 50 ZAR per load and is washed, dried, and folded.

Common Spaces

There is ample space to hang out around the house; inside the common areas or on the outside lounge, the big yoga deck, patio chairs, hammocks, or lawn.

Beach Access

The beach is a few steps from the back door, just a short stumble and you are on Umzumbe's golden sand open to your very own private section of the beach which is perfect for snorkeling and swimming in the tidal pools.


The Surf House allows a select few camping tents inside the garden. There are no camping "sites", no electrical or water hook ups. Campers are welcome to use the common areas of the main house; kitchen, wash rooms/showers, and lounges.


The Surf House has 2 lovely dogs and two cats who are without a doubt, the most popular. They are very friendly with adults, children, and other dogs. However, they regret we can not allow any additional pets as guests.


Your first morning you will hit the beach to go over the basics and fundamentals of your board, where to stand, how to pop up, and getting to know the surf spot. Your coach will take you to the water and position you into the foamy section of small waves while you practice basic techniques.

Take the rest of the day to kick back and relax, read, browse the web, take a long walk on the beach or drive into town.

Umzumbe Surf House does not give refunds on surf lessons in the packages if lessons are not taken for any reason. This could be due to you not wanting to, guest injury, bad weather, or unsafe surfing conditions. You must realize that injury, weather, and sea conditions are out of their control.


Rich Walters


The surf camp is located in Umzumbe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.



  • Surfing


  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga deck


  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet


All meals are self-catered. Please bring your own groceries since there are no stores within walking distance of the house. The surf house communal kitchen has ample fridge space for your groceries. Fully equipped, the kitchen is stocked with all the necessary cooking utensils, stove, microwave, kettle, and crockery to wipe up a smashing meal. Dinners are often spent over the fire, as many guests get together to have a 'South African braai' (aka BBQ) where all of the guest's grill and eat together. But, you are welcome to head out for meals as well.

If you arrive with no groceries, there may be but there also may not be a shuttle available to take you to the store every day. It is important that Umzumbe Surf House knows ahead of time if you are coming by shuttle and if you will require a ride to the store so that they can organize it for you in advance.

Things to do (optional)

There is much to do along the South Coast! Here is a list of the most popular attractions from Umzumbe Surf House's guests and staff:

The Oribi Gorge

The Oribi Gorge is one of the most popular site-seeing and adventure destinations on the South Coast. You can drive through the park, walk, hike, picnic, bungy-swing, abseiling; with so much to do as well as a restaurant, you can spend the entire day in the beautiful reserve, only 30 minutes from the beach.

Lake Eland Game Reserve

Lake Eland Game Reserve is a nature reserve with a variety of facilities and activities to choose from, such as game drives, horse rides, walking and cycling trails, paintball, the challenging 4x4 track, and a thrilling walk across their 80 meters suspension bridge, a children's playground, everyone will have a fun-filled day.


If someone is not available to teach yoga at the Surf House, there are local yoga studios in Umzumbe or Hot Yoga just a few towns over.


Golf is another one of the South Coast's main attractions. San Lameer Golf Estate is one of the most sought-after courses, an 18 hole professional course and only 20 minutes drive away. Hibberdene Golf Course is only 5 minutes away, a 9 hole Par 3 course, ranging from 55 meters to 125 meters.

African Township Day Tour

Safe reliable fun sightseeing tours of the rural hinterland and off the beaten track areas surrounding Umzumbe. The day trips are designed to benefit all parties involved.

Wild 5 Adventures

If adrenaline is what you're after, Wild 5 has bungy jumping, zip lines, white water rafting, abseiling, slides, a suspension bridge, and paintball all located at The Oribi Gorge.

Other Local Attractions

  • The Waffle House Restaurant
  • Mac Banana Farms
  • African Dive Adventures
  • Pure Venum Snake Park
  • Riverbend Crocodile Farm
  • Splash Water World
  • Beaver Creek Coffee Farm
  • The Cellar Boutique Restaurant
  • The Outlook Post
  • Uvongo Flea Market
  • Burlesque Cafe Restaurant
  • South Coast Shopping Mall
  • Shelly Beach Shopping Center

What's included

  • 4 days surfboard rental
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 surf lessons

What's not included

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Transport
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Durban

  • Take the N2 South toward Port Shepstone
  • Take Exit 72 , Go Left to Rt 102 to Hibberdene
  • After Hibberdene, Go over the Umzumbe River Bridge
  • Turn right after the bridge at the Umzumbe/Pumula Hotel Sign
  • Take your first Left toward the Pumula Hotel
  • Take your second Left onto Green Lane (Across from Pumula Woods)
  • It is important that you take your first right. There is a post sign in the road to Umzumbe Surf House
  • Go down the 2-tack hill, over the rail way tracks and toward the right
  • The house has a long wooden fence and black driveway gate.
  • Hoot or beep the car´s horn at the gate and someone will let you in
  • You can park straight ahead facing toward the deck or toward the right

Driving directions from Margate

  • Take the R102 North toward Hibberdene
  • Drive 30 kilometers (approximately 26 minutes)
  • Turn right at the sign for Folly Fields Nursery & Umzumbe.
  • Continue along Station Road, go past The Rock Bottom Pub (on your left)
  • Make your next right onto Green Lane (you will see a Church at the corner)
  • Umzumbe Surf House
  • Go down the 2-tack hill, over the railway tracks, and toward the right
  • The house has a long wooden fence and black driveway gate.
  • Hoot or beep the car´s horn at the gate and someone will let you in
  • You can park straight ahead facing toward the deck or toward the right

Arrival by airplane.

Please book your flight to arrive at Umzumbe Surf House highly recommends renting a car to stay in Umzumbe. If you need to hire a taxi, to go to the stores, this may not be possible every day, so please keep this in mind when booking.

Arrival by shuttle

If you are not renting a car, you will need a shuttle to Umzumbe. Please inform Umzumbe Surf House if you need this and they can help to book it for you.

There is nothing to walk to in town other than the beach. There are no stores, nothing. So they recommend that you come in a rental car. If you come with a shuttle, you need to understand that Umzumbe is a very quiet town with no village and nothing within walking distance. Taxis to town are not available every day so this needs to be discussed in advance.

In order to book a shuttle, please only use Southern Shuttle From King Shakka Airport to Umzumbe Chapel. This can not be booked on their website. You can email them to book this or inform Umzumbe Surf House in advance. Please send Umzumbe Surf House your shuttle booking itinerary with dates and times as well as your flight information for arrival and departure. Should your incoming flight be delayed, they can check on it and let the shuttle company know.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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