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Stebel Rocks Surf Camp - Umzumbe, Kwazulu-Natal. South Africa

INTRODUCTION

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Located in a small South African beach town called Umzumbe, the accomodation for our guests is at front lodge on Umzumbe Beach. We are situated on the North East Coast of South Africa, 1 hours drive south from Durban International Airport.

 

We run surf lessons and surf camps out of Durban Beachfront, as well as Umzumbe Beach. Our surf trips begin from Durban all the way to Mozambique, Durban to Jeffrey’s Bay and around the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Our quest is to provide a truly authentic, South African surf experience to whom ever has the desire to indulge in its beauty, uncover its mysteries and take advantage of all there is to offer. In order to offer you a guarenteed adventure of a life time, we research and perfect our surf safari tours by researching and traveling to each and every destination, from the popular hot spots to the unexplored. South Africa is so diverse and so magnificant that with every foot traveled and every corner turned, you will find another wonder that will captivate your mind and send time to the wind.

 

Whether your ideal vacation is a morning surf, an afternoon hike or a sunset safari. We offer adventure packages that best suit your desires, provide exciting experiences, safe traveling and unforgettable memories. We do what we love and share with you what we do best.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Only 1 hour South of Durban Airport, Stebel Surf Camp is located on the South Coast of South Africa in a small beach town called, Umzumbe. The private beach front property is the ideal desination for surfers and beach lovers who are looking for a laid-back environment, that is casual and relaxed.  

The Property

The accommodation have been carefully decked out with a beachy surf style, always clean and comfortable. exclusively located in a tropical bush setting with private access to Umzumbe’s stunning blue flagged beach and famous right hand point break, the Surf Camp is a well kept secret paradise.  Surf lessons, board rentals and local guided surf trips are available daily. The staff and owners are a breath of fresh air providing the most friendly hospitality to all guests.

 

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 among 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.

 

The large beachfront property is surrounded by natural coastal forest humming with life and grants you direct access to Umzumbe’s pristine blue flag beach. Waking-up early has never been easier with the sound of crashing waves on your doorstep. If the surf is mellow, there are plenty of quiet, shady hammocks scattered around the yard, for you to kick up your feet and relax. We share the property with many friendly animals; including the elusive small blue duiker, flamboyant purple lourie and plenty mischievous vervet monkeys.

 

The large property lends itself perfectly to countless activities. Round up a group for volley ball or find your zen doing yoga in the garden. A comfortable and natural beach setting perfectly suited for the solo surfer, group of friends, romantic couple or adventurous family.

 

The Beach Break Room

With an incredible view of the Indian Ocean and sea breeze infront of your bed, this bedroom is the ocean lovers room, most secluded from house with the best view. Suitable for adults or couples, sleeps singles or couples comfortably in a Queen size bed. You will never want to leave this stylish slice of beach house paradise.

 

The Bamboo Surf Room

The Bamboo Surf room is also private, tucked away in the corner of the house away from any other rooms, suitable for adults, couples or singles looking for privacy. Sleeps one or two in a Double size bed with a large breezy window and ceiling fan. Clean, stylish and cozy, when not on the beach, you’ll want to be in your bamboo room.

 

The Barrel Room

Designed for a few singles or a group of 3 on a budget, this room is clean and comfortable, equipped with 1 single bed and 2 bunk beds.

 

The Bunk Room

Our bunk room is equipped with 2 bunk beds that sleeps 4 singles. Basic for the travelers on a budget but, clean and cozy.

 

Camping

With 650 square meters of private beach front property, palm trees, historic milkwood trees, and many species of bird life; there is ample space to pitch up, camp out and chill out.

 

Showers / Toilets

There are two shared toilets, two indoor showers, two outdoor showers and an outdoor toilet.

 

 

Lodging Facilities:

  • Guest House / Surf Camp
  • Shared Guest Kitchen
  • Shared Guest Toilets/Showers
  • Outside Beach-House Showers
  • Outside Reading / Chilling Lounge
  • Outside Seating
  • Hammocks
  • Beach Access
  • Board Room w/ Boards for Sale and Hire
  • Outdoor & Indoor Board Racks
  • Laundry
  • Wifi

 

THE FOOD

There is a Bistro and Pub just few steps away, offering a stunning menu of fried seafood, wraps, salads, burgers and alchoholic beverages.  

THE AREA

The Surf camp is situated about 90 km south of Durban accessable from a freeway. In Town there is a very basic general store, A Live Music Venue and Restaurant. At the nearby town Hibberdene there are: doctors, chemist, supermarkets, cafés, KFC & other fast-food places, fish and fishing tackle shop, banks, garage and DVD shop.

 

Nearby Activities Include:

Surf Lessons & Surf Tours

Village Tours

Hiking in the Oribi Gorge

Mountain Biking, Yoga, Zumba

Fishing or Diving

Seaside Golf

Shopping, Restaurants, Live Music

African Safari at HluHluwe Game Reserve

THE ACTIVITIES

Stebel Rocks, is a right hand point break rideable to surfers of all experience levels. Is known for its beautiful sub-tropical beach and excellent point break. Guests can stay at the Surf House and surf the point right out front or Richards secret left. Our Guides will also take you to other local surf spots around the area but we never crowd local spots, so seats are limited. We have a selection of rental boards for every level of surfer.

 

  • Experience Beginner to Advanced
  • Frequency Very consistent (150 day/year)
  • Wave Type Point-break, Beach-break
  • Direction Right
  • Bottom Sandy with rock
  • Power Hollow, Powerful, Fun
  • Length (50 to 150m)
  • Best Tide Mid & Low

 

Our Surf Trips

 

Many of our customers want to travel to South Africa with ease of mind, with out the hassle of booking their own lodging, rental car, finding directions, knowing which places to stay, if they’re clean, comfortable, safe, etc.

 

The North Coast Trip (Durban to Mozambique)

Trip begins in the city of Durban, quickly touring South Africa’s very own super star, Jordy Smiths favorite hometown beach. Our beach-front surf camp is the perfect place to acclimatize from your flight and ease into SA Surfaris way of life. After a few days of surf, we move North to surf warm water in tropical, uncrowded, hard to find areas. We get up close and personal with South Africas largest wild animals. And we cross the border to surf the pristine beaches of Mozambique. This is by far our favorite trip and our #1 most popular booked trip.

 

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in Durban &  City Tour, Check in to Surf House Day

2: Surf & Explore on Umzumbe Beach Day

3: Tour some other local Surf Spots Day

4: Surf, Hike, Relax or get active in Umzumbe Day

5: Check into Sodwana Bay Camp Day

6: Surfing Boat Charter in Sodwana Bay Day

7: Morning Surf, then drive to Safari Camp Spot Day

8: Morning & Afternoon Safari Drive Day

9: Drive to Ponta De Ouro, Mozambique Day

10: Surf & Explore in Ponta De Ouro’s Beach Town Day

11: Surf, Shop or simply relax in Ponta De Ouro Day

12: Drive back to Durban * Warm tropical weather and water

 

The Wild Coast Trip (Durban to Jeffreys Bay)

The Wild Coast adventure begins in Durban, with a few night stay at a beach front surf camp on the South Coast. The natural, beach front lodge is the perfect spot to acclimatize, relax and surf. From there you head deep into the Wild Coast and get lost in the beauty of an area called the ‘Transkie’.  After getting face to face with South Africas ‘big and hairys’, we spend the night sleeping in our very own Traditional African Rondavels. We boogie down the coast where your surf guide will bring you to various breaks, ending your tour surfing the famous Jeffreys Bay surf spots.

 

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive in Durban & Quick City Tour, Check in to Surf House Day

2: Surf Umzumbe in the morning, relax in the afternoon Day

3: Tour some other local Surf Spots Day

4: Drive South into Mdumbi Surf Camp Day

5: Surf, Hike, Chill-Out at Mdumbi Day

6: Day Surf Trip to Coffee Bay Surf Spot Day

7: Check in to Cinsta Surf Camp, Surf & Chill Day

8: Early Surf, Afternoon Drive to Elephant Safari Day

9: Safari in Addo Elephant Park Day

10: Morning Safari, Afternoon drive to Jeffreys Bay Day

11: Surf Jeffreys Bay Day

12: Surf Jeffreys Bays& surrounding breaks Day

13: Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) * Warm to cool weather and cold water

 

The Cape Town Trip (Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay)

This tour is straight out of the famous surf film, Endless Summer. Beginning in the city of Cape Town, you experience city life and city surf. Heading North along the Garden Route, you’ll surf along the coast ending at the “famous” right hand point break of all time, Jeffreys Bay. Your experienced local surf guide will take you from Cape Town, through breath taking landscapes, to the African Bush and to mind blowing Jeffreys Bay waves!

 

ITINERARY:

Day 1 : Arrive in Cape Town, Quick City Tour, Check in Day

2 : Surf and Tour of local Surf Spots Day

3: Surf and Exlpore the City’s Activities Day

4: Table Mountain & Tour the Peninsula Day

5: Tour the Garden Route to Mossel Bay Day

6: Full-Day Surf or Safari in Mossel Bay Day

7: Surf and drive to Victoria Bay Day

8: Surf and chill-out in Vic Bay Day

9: Surf and road trip to Jeffreys Bay Day

10: Surf Jeffreys Bay,  then afternoon Activites Day

11: Surf Jeffreys Bay & Seal Point Day

12: Transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) * Warm to cool weather and cold water

 

Adventure Surfaris

Our Surf Trips and Travel Packages are based around the idea of a Surf-Safari. Traveling around South Africa, exploring the land, surfing the Indian Ocean and seeing Africa’s wild animals. But we also offer a wide array of other adventure activities that can be added onto any one of our surf trips.

 

Other Activities / Add On's

  • Guided Vehicle Safaris

  • Guided Safari Walks

  • Guided Safari Camping Trips

  • Culture & Township Tours

  • Guided Hikes & Nature Walks

  • Mountain Biking

  • Elephant Back Safari

  • Fishing

  • Shark Diving

  • Advanced Diving

  • Sandboarding

  • Surfboard/Wetsuit Rental

  • Yoga Classes

  • Winery Tours

  • Drum Making Classes

  • Live Entertainment

  • Community Upliftment

  • Volunteer Positions

  • Surfing Video Analysis

 

Professional Photography

Custom TripsTraveling with a family, alone or with a group and looking for a well balanced trip to full fill every ones needs? Or maybe you’re looking to ditch the itinerary and chase the biggest swell? We can fully customize any surf trip to your liking for any type of surfer or non-surfer including solo travelers, youth groups, families and couples.

 

ALL TRIPS INCLUDE

  • Expert South African Surf Guide
  • Airport Pick Up & Drop Off
  • Nightly Accommodation
  • Improved Surfing Skills
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Safe Traveling
  • Unforgettable Memories
  • All Transportation
  • New Friends
  • Daily Meals

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Your Passport
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Books and/or music
  • Camera
  • Beach Towel (or you can buy one here)
  • A Travel Neck Pillow (for those long flghts and car rides)
  • An International electrical plug compatible with South Africa’s outlets
  • Sneakers or boots for walking and/or hiking
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf or Sarong (to protect you from wind and dust)
  • Camera
  • Wetsuit (depending on where your surfing and when, inquire if unsure)
  • Surfboard (see below)
  • Rash Guard or Thermal Top
  • Spare leash/s, spare fins, ding repair kits (available in SA but tend to cost more)
  • A sweatshirt and warm pants (Although South Africa is a warm climate, we have very cool mornings and nights)

 

*Most surfing equipment is readily available through out SA and in some cases, cheaper then other countries. If you want to save yourself from packing a ton, leave your 10 sticks of wax at home.

 

About Our Surf Lessons

A private lesson is the fastest and easiest way to learn to surf. The surf lesson will be designed to fit your specific surfing needs and the one-on-one attention will ensure your reach or exceed your goals. We offer private lessons and surf camps for ALL AGES!

 

  • Kids Ages 6+ up
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Family Lessons
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate Team Building

 

Students taking private lessons are fitted with a wetsuit (if necessary) and board and given one-on-one instruction from one of our professional coaches. Just bring a swimsuit and a desire to learn to surf and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Your coach will work with you to help you get accustomed to the mechanics and timing of the waves as well as teach you the skills to enjoy riding them. If you have surfed a few times before, this class will help refine your techniques and develop a foundation for more advanced maneuvers. If you’ve never surfed before, this is your opportunity to experience the rush!

 

Our coaches and staff have years of surfing and teaching experience. Catering to our guests happiness is our #1 priority, along with saftey and comfort. Our staff are local and international making an interesting and fun atmosphere.

 

The Lesson Offers:

  • Professional instruction from a staff with more than 20 years of surf experience
  • Beginner to Advanced Surfboards
  • One-on-one instruction
  • All Lessons include 1 hour instruction and equipment.

Private Lessons Emphasize:

  • Development of balance and strength
  • Safety and etiquette
  • Judging and catching waves
  • Paddling, standing up, turning, and riding down the line.

Group Lessons:

Group surf lessons are an affordable and fun way to learn to surf. You and your crew can schedule a lesson with our experienced surf coaches. The group lessons are run exactly the same as private one-on-one lessons, except you are in the water with the instructor and your friends or family.

 

Everyone will be in the water at the same time, everyone will have a board and everyone will be having fun! You will be given group instruction as well as one-on-one attention from a team of instructors.

 

We can accommodate any size group. Please call in advance to ensure we have availability.

Advanced Coaching:

  • Your First Lesson: The foundation for everything you’ll ever need on a surf board
  • Level 1: Learn how to select, catch waves, stall and accelerate the board
  • Level 2: Paddling past the white water and surfing a clean break
  • Level 3: How, why and when to perform basic maneuvers on the face of the wave
  • Level 4: All about performing committed maneuvers

LOCATION & GETTING HERE

Location

We are situated on the North East Coast of South Africa, 1 hour drive south from Durban International Airport.

 

Weather : 

 

Spring September to October 15-25*C or 60-75*F

Summer November to March 20-35*C or 75-95*F

Fall April to May 15-20*C or 60-70*F

Winter June to August 10-17*C or 50-65*F

Getting Here

Upon arrival to South Africa, if requested to us your guide will greet you outside the baggage claim doors in the designated airport and take you on a scenic route to your accommodation. A brief overview of the itinerary will be discussed and each guest will receive a paper itinerary with information on each stay and activity with opportunity to ask as many questions as you like.

 

If by car, you can get to Umzumbe by taking the N2 South to Exit 72. If by transfer, you can take a shuttle bus or taxi from Durban. The BazBus backpackers shuttle bus offers hop-on-hop-off stops along the coast.

 

Baz Bus – Hop on Hop off Shuttle Bus

Shuttle Picks up from Durban Backpackers only, (Durban Backpackers, Tekweni, Happy Hippo)

Drops off at Mantis & Moon in Umzumbe, We pick you up from there!

*Please advise us your arrival plans and if traveling with surfboards

www.bazbus.com | 086 122 9287

 

Southern Shuttle – Shuttle Picks up from Durban Airport and Durban Station

Drops off at Corner of R102 and Umzumbe Turn Off, We pick you up from there!

*Please advise us your arrival plans and if traveling with surfboards

www.southernshuttle.co.za | 081 475 7575

 

Margate Coach – Shuttle Picks up from Durban Airport and Durban Station

Drops off at Corner of R102 and Umzumbe Turn Off, We pick you up from there!

*Please advise us your arrival plans and if traveling with surfboards

www.margatecoach.co.za | 039 312 1406

 

In-House Transfer – Private Pick Up from Durban to Umzumbe in our comfortable SUV

Book in advance, R800/one-way

*Please advise us your arrival plans and if traveling with surfboards

039 684 5019

PRICES & PACKAGES

** Please note the prices below are in South African “Rand (R)”. Search for “Currency Converter” to check the prices in your local currency at the time you book with us. *Peak Rates are 01-Dec to 05 January & Easter

 

5 DAYS SURF & YOGA HEALTH RETREAT PACKAGE

For the hungry and dedicated! This package is designed for the person hungry for surf and a delicious breakfast spread. Whether you are 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. 

 

Single Bed, Dorm Bunk Room –> R 2540.00 pp

Double Bed, One Person –> R 3740.00 pp

Double Bed, Sharing (per person) –> R 2740.00

 

Package Includes:

  • 4 Daily Surf Lessons
  • 3 Yoga Classes
  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Daily Surfboard Rental

 

5 DAYS SURF, SLEEP, REPEAT PACKAGE

Do you need a holiday spent Surfing, Eating Healthy and doing Yoga? Yes!  This package is designed for the person who is ready to tap into a healthy lifestyle. Our Daily Yoga classes are focused on surf related stretching and loosening up your limbs. Whether you are are a complete beginner or looking to advance to the next level, a weekend or 5 day course of Surfing with room and yoga is the perfect way to spend time on the beach and work toward your healthy lifestyle goals.

 

Single Bed, Dorm Bunk Room  –> R 2340.00

Double Bed, One Person –> R 3540.00

Double Bed, Sharing (per person) –> R 2540.00

 

Package Includes:

  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Daily Surf Lessons
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Daily Surfboard Rental

 

5 DAYS SURF & GOLF PACKAGE

Single Bed, Dorm Bunk Room –> R2721.00 pp

Double Bed, One Person –> R3921.00 pp

Double Bed, Sharing (per person) –> R 2921.00

 

Package Includes:

  • 4 Daily Surf Lessons
  • 1 Full Course Day + 1 Half Course
  • 4 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 4 Days Surfboard Rental

 

ACCOMMODATION ONLY

The Beach Break Room (Double Room): R 550 per night (R 600 in Peak Season)

The Bamboo Surf Room (Double Room): R 500 per night (R 550 in Peak Season)

The Barrell Room (3 single beds): R 200 per person per night (R 220 in Peak Season)

The Beach Break Room (4 single beds): R 200 per person per night (R 220 in Peak Season)

Camping: R 100 per person per night

Beach Front Bungalow Sleeps (4 with bathroom, outdoor shower and kitchenette) R 1,000 per person per night (R 1500 in Peak Season)

 

*Peak Rates are 01-Dec to 05 January & Easter

 

SURF LESSONS PRICING (1 hour + equipment)

 

Private Lesson  R350 1 person

Semi-Private R3000 2+ ppl

Groups R250 5+ ppl

 

SURF & ADVENTURE TRIPS

Prices an availability on request. Do not hesitate to ask us!

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