Empty Lineups. Quality Waves. Untamed Nature. Adventure.
This is surfing in Namibia. Venture into the wilderness to find wild animals, spectacular landscapes, our many indigenous cultures and an unforgettable adventure.Namibia is sometimes referred to as “Africa for beginners”. Especially in the cities it feels more western than one might have imagined. Good infrastructure, low crime, easy communication in English and German, food & drinks with European influence, supermarkets with familiar items and most other comforts and necessities like good coffee, yummy bakeries, fast internet, pharmacies and modern hospitals.
We recommend combining our surf camp in Swakopmund with a “typical” trip to Namibia, which is usually a 2-3 week guided tour or self-drive safari to see our vast, beautiful country, its people and the spectacular wildlife - Deadvlei, Etosha National Park and the Fish River Canyon are just a few of the highlights.
And no - Namibia is not sharky and is not very cold.
A good 4/3mm wetsuit is all you need.Surf camps are hosted at the Salty Jackal house which is an eco-friendly, laid back hostel sleeping 14 guests and is all about cooking good food & "cooking good surf"! Your hosts Olli & Iris speak English, German, Italian, Afrikaans (Dutch) and even Albanian.
To get a feel for our Namibian surf camp watch our YouTube video "ONE SALTY DAY | Salty Jackal Backpackers & Surf Camp".
SURF COURSES & ACTIVITIES
Are you tired of surfing in crowded lineups making it hard to catch enough waves to improve your surfing? Or are you chasing the longest barrel in the world, the world famous Skeleton Bay, which lies only 1 hour from the surf camp? Either way, you have come to a country offering fantastic waves - high quality, consistent and uncrowded spots for all levels. In many surf sessions it is only our group in the water, sometimes joined by a handful of local surfers. In Namibia surf spots rarely have more than 10 local surfers out - 20 is already a crowd for us.
This means more waves for you!A typical day at our surf camp: breakfast and a morning surf session followed by a world-class coffee in one of the town's cafes to unwind and share stories of the surf. After lunch we spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring nearby sights & attractions or getting adventurous with some adrenaline packed activities. The evening leaves time for a sundowner in the sand dunes or a cold drink by the ocean.
Dinners are often spent together around a BBQ fire, in a beer garden with live music or at a delicious wine bar & pizzeria. On prime surf days we’ll do two sessions or spend the whole day at one of the far away point breaks in the wilderniss - sorrounded by shipwrecks, jackals & seals, usually dolphins and sometimes even whales & penguins!
Summer months November-April are ideal for beginner-intermediate surfers - for complete beginners you'll learn in a fun, step-by-step way how to surf according to ISA guidelines and in safe beginner conditions. May-October is great for intermediate to advanced surfers - here the focus is on surfing many different spots and conditions to push your surfing. Our surf camp dates will always clearly state which level of surfer a specific surf camp is suited to and each surf camp will have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 8 participants.
With over 20+ spots to choose from in our area, we drive you to suitable spots according to your surf level. We believe that a week spent surfing in Namibia will expand your surfing comfort zone and make for some unforgettable sessions. In every surf, whether a beginner lesson in the whitewash or a barrel riding session at Skeleton Bay, our coaches, experienced surfers with ISA qualification, will be helping you improve and make sure you are safe and having fun.
Surf photography & video analysis can be booked at additional cost and are charged per group per session. For those who want to experience more of Namibia’s waves, we also offer a 3-day Skeleton Coast Surfari on request - a surf trip to the Skeleton Coast Park, either camping or lodging to suit your budget & preferences.
Included in Surf Camp:
Accommodation in surf house (choose your room type)
Surf transport & ISA qualified surf coach/guide: at least 5 surf days of 1-2 sessions/lessons or full surf days (more if conditions allow)
Surf wax & sunblock
Breakfast, seasonal fruit, coffee & tea, drinking water
City tour & welcome dinner at arrival
2nd, 3rd, 4th etc. booker in group receive 10% discount
Personal laundry washing service
Damages to surf equipment (cash deposit payable to use our gear, from which ding repair costs are deducted).
Insurance for medical issues, injury, trip cancellation, lost baggage, theft.
Excluded from Surf Camp
Drinks from the honesty bar
Lunch & dinner (except where otherwise stated)
Yoga classes available on request (additional cost)
Transport between airport & surf house (daily affordable transfers available)
Photo memories (mixed group photos)
Organic cotton utility bag
Booking service for activities, safaris & airport transfer
Room cleaning: max 2 per weekInsurance that covers driving & surfing with us
Fitness equipment, table tennis, slackline, balance board
Bicycle use (4 bicycles available)
Kitchen, BBQ, food garden, chill areas, hammocks
Desert sundowner and/or stargazing trip
What to bring:
Reusable flask for water, tea, coffee
What else is there to do?
Activities for all tastes and budgets: quadbiking, sandboarding, skydiving, cultural tours, dolphin cruises, fishing and many more!Safe neighborhood with restaurants, beergardens, bars and supermarakets few minutes away. Nature on our doorstep: dunes, beaches, desert. Yoga, rock climbing, paragliding and kitesurfing nearby. Boards (or use ours)Wetsuit 4/3mm (or use ours) 3mm booties for reefs recommended 3mm hood for windy days (optional)Clothes for warm and cold/windy weather.
Our surf camps are run over 7 nights and 7 days. During your stay you'll get at least 5 surf days with 1 or 2 sessions in our area on each surf day or full day trips to spots further away from Swakopmund. And if the conditions allow we'll surf even more! Usually we surf in the mornings due to best wind conditions, which leaves the afternoon for chilling, activities, exploring the town & nature and nightlife.Day 0: Arrival, town tour & welcome dinner.Day1-6: Surf 1 or 2 times per day, rest is freetime.Day7: Surf in the morning, departure.Group Pricing:1st booker in group pays full priceSurf Camp Dates:Surfboard & wetsuit use (only pay if you break it)Picnic lunch if we go on full-day surf trips
Nature & waves are outside of our control, but we can almost 100% guarantee: Uncrowded, often empty waves. Surfing with seals, dolphins and amazing birdlife. Minimum 5 surf sessions in your 7 days with us, but if conditions allow 2 sessions per day for 7 days is totally possible! Besides the surfing, we trust you'll have an unforgettable trip to beautiful Namibia with its vast, beautiful landscapes, raw wildlife and amazing people.
We have surf spots within the town, some of which are walking/cycling distance away. Other spots in untamed nature outside of town are accessible by 4x4 vehicle only. Spots include beach breaks, reef breaks, point breaks, slabs and of course the miracle barrel of the surfing world - the 2km long sandspit of Skeleton Bay. Our guides have lived and surfed here long enough to know when to take you where.
Our surf camps are run over 7 nights and 7 days. During your stay you'll get at least 5 surf days with 1 or 2 sessions in our area on each surf day or full day trips to spots further away from Swakopmund. And if the conditions allow we'll surf even more! Usually we surf in the mornings due to best wind conditions, which leaves the afternoon for chilling, activities, exploring the town & nature and nightlife.
Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert
A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross
Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater
Spend the day fishing off the Namibian coast
A day spent up to 25km of the coast in search of game fish
A day on the beaches of the Skeleton Coast
Situated in the beautiful town of Swakopmund, Eagle Eye Aviation offers the best in exclusive and luxury scenic flights across the Skeleton coast and the Namib Desert with sights like Kuiseb Canyon, Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour being some of the main a
This half-day tour takes place along the eastern part of the major dune belt which lies between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
This tour takes you from the Dorob National Park into the northern reaches of the Naukluft Park past the Moon Valley, through the Swakop River Valley and the Welwitschia Plains east of Swakopmund.
We offer a night walk to the Namib’s gravel plains where you will be shown the desert-adapted nightlife concentrating on the various species of Gecko, Spiders, Gerbils and Scorpions.
This tour takes you north of Swakopmund to the quartzite gravel plains to search for the arid-adapted and cryptic Gray’s Lark
This tour is suitable for persons who wish to experience our coastal desert excursions but do not want to do any dune 4x4 driving.
Join us on an unforgettable and unique ecological Namibian cycling experience.
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