South Africa is where it all began for Ticket to Ride. Experience the best of the world in one country and blend all the joys of surfing, travelling an inspiring coastline and give something back to the local community all at the same time.
Over the years some of the original Ticket to Ride team members have settled permanently in South Africa, convinced that it's the best place in the world to live. Today we have a year-round team of Trip Leaders and operational staff whose expertise and local knowledge are key to giving you an unbelievable experience of South Africa.
Each of our seven locations have been carefully chosen as they all offer totally unique surfing experiences. South Africa is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and we're looking forward to showing you the reasons why.
Check out our South Africa Trip Blog to see exactly what goes down on Ticket to Ride courses in South Africa.
South Africa really does have it all when it comes to surfing. From the perfect point breaks, like Jeffreys Bay, to friendly beach breaks and heavy barrelling reefs, there is something for everyone, and always just around the corner.
South Africa has been on the international map since Bruce Brown’s movie Endless Summer 1 in 1966. Ever since then there have been endless discoveries of new and perfect waves, including Cape Town's internationally renowned big wave spots like Dungeons.
The South African coastline is easily one of the most wave-rich coastlines in the world, and with the right local knowledge and advice, you'll be surfing world-class and skill-appropriate waves in no time.
Trip Stops & Accommodation
Throughout your South African journey, you'll stay in carefully selected backpackers in Ticket to Ride exclusive dorm rooms, with kitchen facilities, computer, Wi-Fi, TV area, lounge and pool tables etc.
Cool, cosmopolitan and framed by Table Mountain, this good-looking metropolis will have your heart upon touchdown. In between surfs, expect to climb Table Mountain, swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach and go on a wine tasting tour of Klein Constantia's estate. You'll also leave with a deeper understanding of life in South Africa by getting involved with amazing community projects.
Where we stay On the beachfront in Muizenberg! This place was built with surfers in mind as it's just a stone’s throw away from perfect waves.
Plettenberg Bay is a small holiday town with a big personality and a popular stop for travellers on the famous Garden Route. With an endless array of uncrowded beaches to discover, as well as plenty of activities for adrenaline junkies, you can expect an all-out action-packed stop.
Where we stay You'll stay at a great backpackers which is both close to all of the excitement of the town and solitude of the beach. They light a fire for you to braai on every night which is the perfect opportunity to pull out the guitar or chat to other travellers.
Magical Jeffreys Bay or J-Bay perfectly encapsulates all that is Ticket to Ride. With the world’s best waves on your doorstep, it’s all about surfing until your arms drop off. Helping out in the local community at some inspiring environmental projects will give those arms the rest they need to head out for yet, another great surf.
Where we stay Situated up on a dune overlooking two quality surf spots is one of South Africa’s most renowned backpacker lodge. The fun bar provides a great platform to meet other travellers or to hang out with your new best friends - your Ticket to Ride group.
Cintsa Bay is just outside East London and marks a real change of scenery as we head deep into the Eastern Cape bush. With empty, world-class surf lying in wait for the lucky travelling surfer, it’s easy to see why so many of South Africa’s surfing elite were born and bred on its waves.
Where we stay The surf camp is set amongst the dunes overlooking the stunning Cintsa Bay. As well as time spent surfing, you could while away the hours on the volley ball court, ping-pong tables or in the swimming pool.
Coffee Bay is nestled in the Transkei, and allows a step back in time to rural Africa. The surf is empty and offers the rare chance to surf perfect waves with only your friends for company.
Where we stay With its idyllic location right in a little bay, friendly staff, relaxing hammocks, great food and vibing bar, you won't want to leave this backpackers for sure.
Ansteys and Durban
Expect to enjoy the best of both worlds with great waves on your doorstep and the bright lights of Durban just a short drive away. You'll also take your surf instructor and life saving exams here.
Where we stay The backpackers is just a few minutes walk away from a world-class beach break - the famous Cave Rock. Run by one of South Africa’s best-known surfing families, your sandy feet will fit right in.
Just forty minutes north of Durban you'll hit the Pearl of the Dolphin Coast, Ballito. Flanked by golden beaches, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the rippling fields of sugar of cane, it's easy to see why it's a popular holiday destination for South African tourists. With great waves and a consistent swell, you'll be out surfing at every opportunity or making the most of your remaining days in Africa by experiencing the thrills of a safari.
Where we stay The backpackers is completely hidden from sight in amongst the trees and just a short drive from the ocean. Take time out to sit in the bottom of the garden and watch the sunrise over the ocean - trust us, it will make your day. We also recommend jumping in the pool to handle the humidity or reading a book in one of the wicker-chairs. This is the perfect place to end your surfing adventure with us, unless you're continuing your Ticket to Ride journey by heading to Mozambique as well.
Although surfing will always be a trip's focus, there will always be ample time to discover South Africa's other top attractions, including climbing up Table Mountain, swimming with the penguins at Boulders Beach, wine tasting tours of award-winning estates, and much, much more.
We believe that community work must be a sustainable endeavour. As such we're very careful about the programmes we get involved with, in order to maximise our positive impact on South Africa.
In Cape Town, former Ticket to Ride Trip Leader Tim Conibear, has set up several incredible projects, including Waves for Change, which we are proud to align ourselves with.
Similarly, we have long-standing partnerships with projects in Plettenberg Bay and J-Bay. If you'd like to weave in more community work during your time away with us, just let us know, as we'll be happy to arrange this for you.
Courses in South Africa
South Africa Surf Instructor Course10 weeks South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 11th September 2017 - 20th November 2017 £5495
Future Trip: 5th January 2018 - 9th March 2018 £5595
Future Trip: 19th January 2018 - 23rd March 2018 £5595
Combine an epic surfing adventure with serious qualifications
Ultimate Surf Instructor Course and Adventure13 weeks South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 11th September 2017 - 11th December 2017 £6995
Future Trip: 5th January 2018 - 30th March 2018 £7195
Future Trip: 19th January 2018 - 13th April 2018 £7195
The crème de la crème of Ticket to Ride's offering
South African Road Trip6 weeks South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 6th July 2017 - 17th August 2017 £3295
Future Trip: 6th July 2018 - 17th August 2018 £2995
Ride the peak swell season in the surfing Mecca of South Africa
The Original South Africa Surf Adventure10 weeks South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 11th September 2017 - 20th November 2017 £4945
Future Trip: 5th January 2018 - 9th March 2018 £5195
Future Trip: 19th January 2018 - 23rd March 2018 £5195
An unforgettable surfing adventure
The Ultimate African Road Trip9 weeks South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 6th July 2017 - 7th September 2017 £4695
Go on a surf-searching adventure
South Africa and Mozambique Surf Adventure13 weeks South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 11th September 2017 - 11th December 2017 £6445
Future Trip: 5th January 2018 - 30th March 2018 £6645
Future Trip: 19th January 2018 - 13th April 2018 £6645
An action-packed surf adventure.
Cape Town Surf Camp12 days South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 6th July 2017 - 18th July 2017 £745
Future Trip: 11th September 2017 - 23rd September 2017 Sold Out
Future Trip: 19th January 2018 - 31st January 2018 £795
Surf and explore the Mother City!
Jeffreys Bay Surf Camp11 days South Africa Self Catered
Next Trip: 24th July 2017 - 4th August 2017 £645
Future Trip: 3rd October 2017 - 13th October 2017 Sold Out
Ride world-class waves