Surf Camp in Jeffreys Bay
6 Must Do Activities When in Jeffreys Bay.
The surf camp in Jeffreys Bay is an amazing experience, although it is known as a typical surf town, there are days, believe it or not, that the surf goes flat. And on those days, it’s important that you have a host of activities to occupy yourself with and make the most of your African vacation! Luckily for you, Jeffreys Bay and the surrounds, are laden with things to do. In fact, the options are so numerous, the only issue you’ll have will be deciding the optimum way to use your time. Here are 6 Must Do Activities When Visiting Jeffreys Bay.
If you’re vacationing in South Africa and you happen to be from any other continent besides Africa, the African Game Reserve experience is a must-do! About an hour a halves drive outside of Jeffreys Bay, past Port Elizabeth lies the Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve, the oldest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
One of the most densely stocked reserves in Africa, Schotia Safaris has over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals making it consistently good game viewing throughout the year. The first reserve in the Cape Province to have free roaming lions, at Schotia you’re almost guaranteed to see these magnificent carnivores on every game drive, something which other game reserves cannot testify to.
The Eastern Cape Private Game Reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando since the early 1800’s.
If you’re looking to see the ‘Big 5’ up close and personal while on your surf trip in Jbay, be sure to book one of our day trips to Schotia Safaris! It’s an experience of a lifetime and one that certainly won’t be disappoint.
Bit of an adrenaline junky? Well, here’s something to get the adrenaline coursing through your veins like a Ferrari through the Autobahn. Lying at 216 meters above sea level, Bloukrans Bungy is the world’s highest commercial bungy. Bloukrans has also been involved in a number of world record efforts. In 2008 Veronica Dean performed 19 bungy jumps in an hour and Bill Boshoff also in 2008, flung himself over the ledge 101 times in a 24 hour period. We’re not asking you to match Bill Boshoffs or Veronica Dean’s efforts, but certainly, if you enjoy the rush of adrenaline and you are in the Jbay region, a trip to Bloukrans Bridge complimented by a calculated jump from it’s height may be just what your bucket list needs ticking.
About a 100km drive from Jeffreys Bay, lies the magnificent rain forest region of Tsitsikamma in stark contrast to the rich shrubbery offered by Jeffreys Bay. The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours are built around the giant Outenique Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! To look down from the crown of those giant trees at the lush forest floor thirty meters below is an experience of a lifetime.
The tour takes about 2½ – 3 hours and includes a safety briefing, kit-up, transport and a light meal afterwards. Be sure to take your camera along for the ride, because you might spot a pair of famous Knysna Loeries or the fantastic red plumage of the ever elusive Narina Trogon.
A touch further down the N2 from Tsitsikamma lies the beautiful town of Plettenberg Bay and a 12-hectare sanctuary dedicated to primates – the majority of the 400 or so residents rescued from zoos or after being kept as pets.
Monkeyland is the first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Monkeyland features primates of all shapes and sizes from the tiny yellow-haired squirrel monkeys to ring-tailed lemurs and even a pair of gibbons. Tours at Monkeyland are held every 20 minutes and last about an hour allowing visitors to get close to the primates and sharing insights on the work the sanctuary is doing to give these animals a second chance in life.
A stones throw away from Jeffreys Bay lies the famous St Francis Bay and Bruce’s Beauties. Made famous by Bruce Brown’s film, The Endless Summer, Robert August and Mike Hynson happen to stumble upon what they called the ‘perfect wave’ in St Francis Bay in the 1960s. Back then the wave was so perfect it looked like it had been made by a machine. Now days however, due to all the housing developments along the coast, the wave is less consistent and doesn’t break as perfectly, but when it does come to life, it’s still a feat to behold. Take a day tour with the SurfLodge to St Francis, see one of South Africa’s most famous waves, enjoy the natural beauty with a hike around the Cape St Francis Lighthouse and then settle your appetite at one of our favourite watering holes, the St Francis Brewing Co. And while you’re there, be sure to indulge in their locally brewed beers. Trust us, they’re deliciously refreshing.
Not keen to leave town? Want to relax and enjoy what Jbay has to offer under the blazing African sun? Well then, why not take a trip to a nearby watering hole affectionately known as ‘Die Water Gat’? ‘Die Water Gat’ which literally translates to ‘The Water Hole’ in Afrikaans is a mini waterfall complimented by a rather high rock jump on the outskirts of town.
Pack yourself an afternoon picnic complete with Bluetooth speaker and towel and go and savour the fresh, cool waters of Die Water Gat. And if you’re feeling extra brave and enjoy flinging yourself into pools of water from heights, then Die Water Gat rock jump will be just up your alley, if not, don’t feel obliged, it’s (very) high and we won’t hold it against you.