Going to Africa means heading off on an adventure and preparing to be fascinated time and again as you find yourself absorbed with child-like wonder, gazing around at the never-before-experienced things surrounding you. Africa is exotic and other-worldly......it is a land of mountains and deserts......of both haunting and vibrant music and dance ….....of incredible wildlife which most will only be able to access through their TV screens. And what's more it is home to some of the finest barrels you will find anywhere on the planet.
Africa is surf rich - not surprising really, surrounded as it is by 3 different oceans. Our African surf trip options base you in South Africa's Jeffreys Bay, North African Morocco or West African Senegal, all offering completely different experiences but all equally rich in culture, color and wave riding fun.
J bay is home to super-long, super-fast Supertubes – wave names don't come more iconic than this – and a further fat bunch of named breaks which will keep all levels of surfers happy, from total beginner to world champion pros. Senegal boasts some of the most photographed beaches in the world and a land where warm welcomes are guaranteed - hospitality is considered part of the national identity here.
Morocco is a marvelous melting pot of tribal, dynastic and colonial cultural influences; a country full of hilltop gem-like cities, mosaics and mosques, ragged peaks and markets which spill exotic smells, sounds and color.
On offer here is everything imaginable - funky, affordable surf camps, which make up the bulk of Africa surf trips, penthouse suites overlooking Supertubes, luxury resorts designed to appeal to sophisticated, discerning surfers and self-catering options for the free-spirited traveling surfer.
Africa' surf conditions, as you might expect in such a vast continent, vary enormously depending on where you are based. J Bay is the land of very consistent point breaks, the most famous of which is Supertubes. This is actually made up of several different named sections which join up when the surf gods smile and also the venue for the halfway point Pro ASP World Tour. This east/south-east facing coast has high consistency thanks to S-SW swells produced by the Antarctic's Roaring Forties which are common from March to September, peaking in July and August when there is the best chance of the Supertubes sections joining. During this time offshore conditions are frequent although April to June can see NW-NE winds chopping up the barrels.
Senegal surf options include beach, reef and point breaks and offer all year round tropical conditions with the added bonus that in 50 years of surfing there hasn't been a single shark attack here.
With one of the largest swell windows on the entire planet (260°), Senegal picks up everything going – north, west and south - making for very consistent surf.
Morocco based surf trips typically see you at either Taghazout or Tamraght with their plentiful supply of predominantly right-handed points along with many reefs and beachbreaks. Surfing is possible year round but the best conditions are found from around October to March when the biggest swells arrive, ensuring all the reefs are working. These surf regions have a fairly large amount of spots crammed into a relatively small area with many named breaks ranging from beginner level mellow to powerful and hollow. Some of these can hold truly big swell but also many start working with only minimum swell.
Due to a geographical quirk, Taghazout faces south-west on a north-west facing coast so when everywhere else is cross-shore, here will be offshore winds, helping shape the high quality waves for which the region is known.
There is a wide range of options when it comes to deciding where to lay your head each night and spend your downtime on an African surf holiday. Accommodation options range from beachfront comfortable and affordable to opulent luxury and from shared dorm to private family rooms, with the majority of choices falling in the budget to medium range brackets.
Africa surf holidays are particularly popular with groups who are drawn by the budget friendly, social vibe surf camp options but the high quantity of medium range choices also appeal to families, couples and solo travelers.
All surfing ability levels are welcomed on Africa based surf trips with total beginners through to advanced surfers all equally catered for and even plenty on offer for the hardcore pros too. Professional surf coaching is almost universally offered by our operators to get you standing up for the very first time or helping you move your surfing level up a notch or two while guiding and spot transfer services are also common offerings.
Whether you are looking for a package which offers self-catering, bed and breakfast or something all-inclusive you will find it here. Many of the surf Africa trips allow you to custom-build your own package for complete budget choice flexibility or offer up specific focused deals such as surf+yoga for example.
If you would like to head off on an African surf adventure but are not really sure where to start then simply contact us and put yourself in the expert hands of the LUEX team. We know each and every one of our options personally and just love leading our customers to their perfect trip.