This unique Getaway facility, surf Camp and International Backpackers The Secret Spot Surf Camp situated in Shakas Rock, KwaZulu Natal South Africa , in and around Ballito on The Dolphin Coast. The area is affectionately referred to as Natures Playground, as a result of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean , great waves and home to the bottlenose dolphin, which frolic in our waters among the surfers and visitors of our surf Camp .

Situated in Zululand a mere 30 min. drive from Durban, as the name suggests it is also home to the Zulu people, so this is precisely where you will find Native Africa, unique culture, loads of history, wild life game reseves , tribal living and most of all warm friendly people.

The establishment sleeps 36 persons in Private Double's units, twin units, and tented units with a girls and boys dormitory also available. Set in 10,000 sq meters of picturesque African bush situated above Shaka's Rock Beach . Interestingly it also has an informal conference facility with all the conferencing tools too.

Surfers normally refer to a Secret Spot, as their secret surf break, which they keep relatively private, reserved for close friends and acquaintances. International visitors normally miss-out on these spots

This is where Charles and Dee and all the staff fit in with a warm welcome to all our visitors, not restricted to only surfers and the youth.

Its a HOME from HOME where all groups mix and are made to feel comfortable and at home.


Mission Statement

To provide an abode and a venue for the surfing fraternity, that is also extended to include a service to new groups of interested people wishing to experience surfing and surf culture.

In an environment that ensures :

1.) A warm friendly atmosphere of surf culture.

2.) A facility that is clean and healthy, organized and efficient, and that offers the best .....experience and knowledge in areas of the sport and the hospitality industry.

3.) A Structured and safe environment for participation at all levels and in all programs that it .....implements.
4.) A Quality of service that ads value to the sport, all the sponsors of the sport, all the .....participants and to all the visitors of the establishment.
FAQ's - (Frequently Asked Questions)

1.) What is “The Secret Spot”?

2.) What is a “Backpackers”?

3.) What is a “Surf Camp”?

4.) Where is Shaka's Rock?

5.) How do I get there?

6.) How can we get around with no car?

7.) Do you take groups?

8.) What accommodation do you offer ?

9.) What facilities do you have at The Secret Spot?

10.) What about catering?

11.) What activities can we do at The Secret Spot?

12.) How much is a ‘learn to surf' lesson?

13.)Are there wildlife game reserves nearby?

14.)What about African culture since you are in Zululand ?

15.)What additional services do you offer at The Secret Spot?

•  What is “The Secret Spot”?

The Secret Spot is a Backpackers and a Surf camp, we pride ourselves on an excellent well kept and maintained facility together with a wonderful compliment of staff. The Secret Spot is owner run by Charles and Dee Southwood and is a vibey facility and a home from home. It is set in a huge 10,000 sq mt of African bush/beach safari setting.


•  What is a “Backpackers”?

A Backpackers is an inexpensive accommodation facility that provides activities for both national and international visitors. The concept is a unique and popular way to meet people from all cultures and backgrounds, while it also helps foreigners to meet and mix with local people .


•  What is a “Surf Camp”?

Primarily Surf Camps are found in coastal towns around the world that produce good consistent surfing waves, where surfers and people wanting to learn, enjoy or improve their surfing. Guests come for short to medium term stays.


•  Where is Shaka's Rock?

Shaka's Rock is situated a 15 minute walk from Ballito on The Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, and is a popular coastal holiday destination 30 min. drive north of Durban .


•  How do I get there?

A map is available on our Contact Page ; it is a mere 30 minute drive North of Durban along the N2 highway.


•  How can we get around with no car?

A shuttle can be arranged that does daily trips to shops, cinema and the beaches at a small charge.


•  Do you take groups?

Yes we have set up the facility to do just that, we also have a small informal conference facility for learn to surf courses, facilitating many types of courses for advanced surfing, orientation courses for international visitors who arrive in South Africa and want to learn "The Surf Culture".


•  What accommodation do you offer ?

We have Cabins , Tented units, a Family room and dorm rooms, to suite all your needs.


•  What facilities do you have at The Secret Spot?

The Secret Spot is situated in a beautiful 10,000 sq mt of African bush/beach safari setting with several areas. This includes the swimming pool with pool bar, TV lounge with DSTV, pool table and darts, Braai area with pizza oven, fully kitted kitchen, backpackers lounge and free wi-fi.


•  What about catering?

We have a self-catering kitchen. Our Kitchen is fully kitted and has lots of space and equipment, as is a large Pizza oven and braai (barbeque) area. in-house catering to be arranged with management prior to arrival.


•  What activities can we do at The Secret Spot?

Our Activities page lists a host of things to do, which include surfing safari's, learning to surf, Game drives , cultural visits and in house activities at the facility. We also have a range of items that you may hire on a daily basis like fishing rods, surfboards etc.


•  How much is a ‘ learn to surf' lesson?

Please contact us for our rate card. Rates may vary due to the level of surf instructing required.


•  Are there wildlife game reserves nearby?

Yes we have Hluhluwe approx. 2 hours from The Secret Spot and we can arrange both daily trips and overnight tours. We can book tours done by qualified tour guides in most of the National parks in South Africa. .


•  What about African culture since you are in Zululand ?

The Secret Spot embraces the Zulus and African cultures; our staff is mostly Zulu and speak English excellently. We also do trips into the Zulu homelands for guests, who wish to meat and mix with the people in the homelands. Again some” less touristy” cultural experiences can be done from our facility which provides for a better and more accurate experience of tribal living and meeting Zulu people.


•  What additional services do you offer at The Secret Spot?

Standard services we offer include the hire of clean towels, snorkel equipment, fishing rods, spear guns and surf boards. Laundry can be done locally through our shuttle service. Please ask us for any specific requests.