5 Days Surf Camp in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • 11 Green Lane, 4225 Umzumbe, KwaZulu-Natal

Surf Camp in South Africa

Umzumbe also 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 a delicious breakfast spread. Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to advance to the next level, this 5 day course of surfing with room and breakfast is the perfect way to spend time on the beach and work toward your goals in the water.


  • One-on-one instruction
  • Judging and catching waves
  • Beginner to advanced surfboards
  • Professional instruction from a staff
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Beautiful sea view
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay at Umzumbe surf house. 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 was designed for nothing but chilling in the sunbathing lounge chairs, picnic tables, hammocks or swings under the fig tree.

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.

Lunch and dinner are self-catered. 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, 'South African braai' style where all of the guests grill and eat together. But you are welcome to head out for meals as well.

  • Rich Walters

    Rich grew up in Durban, but spent his weekends and holidays on the South Coast, crawling around his families Surf House. Lucky enough to score epic surf for most of his life, surfing is now everything to Rich. When he isn't surfing around South Africa with guests or showing them Africa's bush life, he is teaching surf lessons and running his surf camp.

  • Diving nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Surfing
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area

There are plenty of activities and tour to do along the South Coast. Here is a list of the most popular attractions from guests and staff:

  • African dive adventures
  • African township day tours
  • Beaver creek coffee farm
  • Burlesque cafe restaurant
  • Lake Eland Game Reserve tour
  • Life music bistro at local pub
  • Golf
  • Mac Banana farms tour
  • Pure venum snake park
  • Riverbend crocodile farm
  • Shelly beach shopping center
  • South coast shopping mall
  • Splash water world
  • The cellar boutique restaurant
  • The Oribi Gorge site-seeing tour
  • The outlook post
  • Uvongo flea market
  • Wild 5 adventures
  • Yoga
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 days surfboard rental
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 surf lessons
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookSurfCamps.com reviews

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    Review by Zamambo Mkhize from South Africa

    Amazing experience and wonderful people.

    PROS Pros: The surf instructors were super friendly and super professional. There is great comraderie amongst the guests, which are internationally diverse groups.

    2017-May-04 14:03:32


  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Amber and Derek (day & night managers) were helpful from the get-go. Welcoming, friendly and helpful -- it was easy to feel at home right away. Beautiful, casual location good for quiet relaxation including a massage if you like."

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  • Review by Joanna V. from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing time with Ali and Rich. They are so friendly, they took care of me. We had great time surfing and Braai with everybody. The backpackers is so nice with a big garden, we are in the water with 2 min walking. It's really clean, we have towels and they clean the bed every morning ! Perfect..."

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  • Review by Francisco Ffarrell from Argentina
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great stay in umzumbe surf house, the house is super clean and comfortable. Right in front to the beach, beatiful garden. Rich and ali tooked care uf us making braai and taking us out for surfing! Great time, i will be back"

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  • Review by A traveler from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "I absolutely loved it, the Surf house has a very homey feel. Thank you for the kind assistance. The weather may not have been in our favor but we still made the best out of our little getaway, the oceanic view was remarkable and absolutely breathtaking. I will definitely be back."

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  • Review by Justin
    10 out of 10

    "We combined a work/surf trip at Umzumbe for a week and the Beach House served as an ideal spot to do so! Awesome coastline and super friendly staff/team made for an ideal environment - if you're heading to Umzumbe, point your steering wheel in this direction."

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  • Review by Lucia Paul
    10 out of 10

    "This place was one the highlights of South Africa. We had a great time staying here. Surf and yoga, what else can you need? "

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  • Review by Stephen
    10 out of 10

    "My son and I went on a skateboarding and surf holiday in Kzn. We stayed at Umzumbe Surf house. The place is brilliant, plenty to do, great relaxed vibe and my boy laughed and smiled the whole time. Our hosts ( Rich and Ali) have been fantastic. For a well priced, relaxing and wonderful kid friendly place I highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Jonathon Matthysen
    10 out of 10

    "Incredible stay. A true home away from home with epic surf right in front of the house. Ali and Rich are wonderful hosts and Ali cooks up a storm whilst Rich catches fresh seafood with his "live off the land" mentality. If you looking to rejuvenate your soul and switch off from the electronic world. Umzumbe Surfhouse is your place."

    "Cannot wait to return to this hidden gem on the south coast."

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  • Review by Barry Hauser
    10 out of 10

    "An absolute gem of a place, felt like home away from home, met the most awesome people, great hosts, came back feeling like a new man, can't wait to go back, highly recommended!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I spent 10 days at this very special place last February and I hesitated about writing a review until now just for one reason: It would be such a shame if it turned into a crowded, run over retreat which usually goes hand in hand with a slight loss of quality because of quantity. Allie and Rich were the perfect hosts, the place felt like home right from the moment I walked in and sharing the house with other guests was more like sharing family life.Surf was good and Rich was motivated to take me any time of day, though he preferred the early morning. Allie offered Yoga workouts on the deck and took us food shopping for our "family" dinners. Breakfast after surf was always a healthy treat and because the days started early, there was enough time to read, nap and just chill out. I cannot imagine returning to SA and not revisit this marble of a place. Loved every minute of it."

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  • Review by a traveler from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    "The Surf House leaves a special place in your heart when you leave. As you arrive you can immediately feel the stresses of life leave your body making it the ultimate place to go on holiday. The vibe is amazing and the laughs are in abundance. Many, many great memories have been made here and every time you go you cannot wait to get back. Cannot recommend enough. The entrance to the beach is on the property and the gardens are lush. The house is well maintained and Rich and Ali are the perfect hosts. Do yourself and your soul a big favour a book yourself as long a stay as you can here. You won't regret it."

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  • Review by Jene Rowe
    10 out of 10

    "A small piece of paradise! We had the most amazing stay. Richard and Ali were the best hosts we could have asked for. The surf lessons were amazing, best experience ever! Ali makes an amazing breakfast. The house is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your amazing place with us. We will definitely be back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Dublin
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great weekend at Uzumbe surf house. It's a beautiful set up- a large property with plenty of space right on the beach. The house itself is lovely with great airy rooms, a large clean kitchen, and plenty of places to sit and hang out. Plus a lovely deck where you can sit and listen to the sea! Allie & Rich were very friendly and made us feel right at home. We went for walks & swims at the beach, had a nice dinner nearby, and a great surf lesson with Rich & Ben also. Highly recommended."

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Umzumbe, South Africa

Umzumbe Surf House offers a unique beachfront surf house and surf camp with clean, affordable accommodation and big surf vibes.

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5 days / 4 nights


This surf camp is available from March to January 5, please select an arrival date below.

Normal season
  • March - November 30
Peak season
  • December 1 - January 5

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