Located at the southern end of the African continent, South Africa spans 1.22 million square kilometers from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in the south, and Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the north. It is a beautiful country, with its wide open spaces, breathtaking panoramas, national parks where you can see African fauna like nowhere else, dynamic cities undergoing transformation and beautiful beaches.
On the surfing side, South Africa's reputation is second to none with the world-famous spots at Jeffrey's Bay (home to the biggest surfing competitions in the world) and Dungeons for its surfing. Surfing is a national sport that can be practiced everywhere, whatever its level! Beware however, the water is cold and white sharks are present. Do not hesitate to talk with the locals before you go to the water to be certain of the security conditions. Shark spotters observe the ocean and warn when predators appear. Rest assured anyway: the attacks are really isolated.
The climate is extremely changeable but the best time to leave is the local winter (June to September) to avoid the crowds of the austral summer. At this time of the year, there are practically only premises in the water! The outside temperature is about 20 degrees and that of the water between 17 and 19 degrees, the swells are frequent and consistent and the favorable winds.
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In South Africa, the most famous surf spot is Jeffrey's Bay, a break point that probably forms one of the longest straight in the world. Composed of several sections with each their particularity, it is surfable over a kilometer when all conditions are met. At J. Bay, all levels find their happiness. There is The Point for surfers who want to have fun without putting too much danger and powerful tubes for the more adventurous. Apart from J.Bay along the coast, other cool spots and much less crowded are worth the detour. Among them are Dungeons, famous for its spectacular swells. Be careful, to surf Dungeons you will need a Gun! If you only start surfing and want to combine learning and visiting the country, you will find in Cape Town beautiful beaches to train you. Go to Surfer's Corner, just half an hour from the city, for your first sessions in the "white water"!
Prices in South Africa are about 56% cheaper than in France. The airfare to Cape Town will be the highest expense item of your vacation (count around 700 euros round trip from Paris). Then plan about 55 euros of budget per day for accommodation (you will have the choice among hostels and establishments reserved for backpackers), meals and bus tickets for your trips. If you really want to enjoy it, it is advisable to rent a car. The rental prices are very affordable (about 15 euros per day for a small car). It is a good plan if you are many, especially since the roads are very well maintained.
In addition to your surfing sessions, discover the natural wonders that the country offers. Around Cape Town, discover Table Mountain and its 360-degree panorama of the city, take the splendid Stellenbosch Wine Route, visit Robben Island, Nelson Mandela Prison Island, meet the penguins and ostriches of the world. surrounding national parks and go see the sunset at Cape Bon Espérance, also called "end of the world". In the heart of the country, discover the 18 national parks and private reserves listed in four categories: mountain, sea, desert and preservation of endangered species. You can go on safaris to meet wildlife, accompanied by an experienced ranger. The Kruger National Park is the most famous because it houses the famous "big five": the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhinoceros and the buffalo. The Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world is also a must for your trip. To the north, the arid region gives you to see huge dry plains and the Kalahari Desert and to the south, to explore the Zulu country to meet the rhinos. Finally, in Johannesburg, the country's economic capital, plunge into the history of a country that has known for 43 years, the apartheid regime, which was based on a clear racial division between whites and blacks. Here you can visit the Apartheid Museum and Gandhi House.