Hikes & Adventures in JBay

Hikes & Adventures in JBay

And surrounding areas

 

I remember reading once that “An Adventure starts 10 minutes away from home”. Reading that statement made me rethink my outlook on the definition of Adventure. While Instagram makes you want to be in 20 different places all at the same time, its also important to make the most of the one place you are.

Jeffreys Bay is the pinnacle of a Surf Town. It took me some time to notice there were other things that makes Jeffreys Bay a must-see destination. After gaining this local knowledge, and sharing it with countless other travellers, it was about time I compiled the ultimate guide to Jeffreys Bay, and an hour surrounding.

1. Skydiving with beach landing
Jeffreys Bay has one of the best landing sites, Kabeljous beach or Jeffreys Bay Main Beach. This crew has successfully jumped over 2000 times. Skydiving over Jeffreys Bay’s coast line is a breathtaking experience. Some jumpers have spotted the Humpback Whales in season or our local surf competitors, the dolphins. I would recommend the 11 000ft jump, for the full experience with a 40-45s free fall. Also, a thing to note is the price is ridiculously good, whether its your first time, or you have the qualifications to jump solo. It is one of those experiences you can’t afford to miss out on.

2. Kayaking the Gamtoos River.
This isn’t a well known activity in Jeffreys Bay. The reason being, its recently launched. There are 2 different options when considering this activity. There is a social option, which is a 2km row up river and then 2km downriver. Afterwards you can enjoy a rewarding light picnic lunch and refreshments. This is a great option for the family or friends just wanting to casually wander the banks. The other option is for the Brave and Wild. This is a 12km paddle upstream, then 10km hike on a private nature reserve, which ends at a camp, with an open flame dinner to be devoured by the warriors of the day. This is a full day activity, but once completed you will have seen a host of different Bird Life, and Wild Game.
Social Price – R950pp including light lunch & refreshments & includes equipment.
Extreme Price –  R1900pp including light lunch, refreshments & open flame dinner included equipment.
Contact 084 954 8154‬

3. Hiking Lady Slipper
This is a quick, and easy hike that will take you about 40mins to drive to and then another 1 Hour to summit, or maybe 20mins if you are a trail runner. The view is spectacular, overlooking the valley of beautiful vegetation leading to the wind farms, and the lush deep blue ocean – so don’t forget your camera. This hike is best to be done on a Saturday as there are nearby markets that offer local meals and refreshments, along with other delicious treats and sweets. If you are a rock-climber, there are routes to climb, so don’t forget your climbing gear.
Falcon Rock Entrance fee R30pp

4. Fat Bike Beach Rides
Exploring the coast line of Jeffreys and Kabeljous can be a rather strenuous walk, but its still well worth the effort, so getting on a Fat Bike makes the experience fun and getting to the destination, cut in half. Kabeljous has some really fun dunes to be explored and if you are up to the task, take along a fishing rod as the name suggests, there is some Kabeljous to be caught, along with Cod, Steenbras and Mussel-Cracker, to name a few.
Fat Bike Rentals R200pp for 2 hours

5. Hiking the Kabeljous Natures Reserve
This is a beautiful hike just outside of Jeffreys Bay with a few routes to be explored or a full round trip if you want to make the most of it. The hike has been praised for it conservation of indigenous vegetation, an estuary hosting some beautiful birds, such as our national bird, the Blue Crane. As mentioned this has a few routes, namely the dunes route, river bank route, and then to the lookout point. All have a different setting and if possible, should all be explored. Along the way you will find information boards that will help give vegetation information or a general overview of the routes. The paths are well walked and easy to stay on. Take your beach gear, pack a picnic and make a day of it. It is well protected from most winds, depending on which side you go.
https://www.jeffreysbaytourism.org/kabeljous-nature-reserve

6. Hiking Cape St Francis Wild Side
Cape St Francis Wild Side sounds intriguing enough to strike a visit. This is a gorgeous hike along the coastline showcasing some very rare fauna and flora. Botanists have travelled the world to observe these habitats. This walk can start from famous 18th Century Cape St Francis Seal Point Lighthouse or Sunset rock (which as the name suggests, is a beautiful rock to observe the sunset). There are caves along this route, and beautiful rock pools with crystal clear water. I would bring along a pair of binoculars and snorkels as there is much marine life along the coast line, such as the bottlenose dolphins, seals, right humpback whale, jackass penguins, and if you fortunate you might see a shark, from the shore hopefully.
http://www.kougatourism.com/rocky-coast-farm-hike/

7. Horse Back riding
Horse riding is a very daring sport/activity for some. I know I am humbled very quickly standing next to a horse. However I long to jump on one and ride into the wind. Well, here in Bay you can do exactly that. You can ride over the beautiful shorelines and through the Nature Reserve. The guide also shares interesting facts along the way. It’s recommended to go just before sunset to get an even better shot for your Instagram feed.
From R350 for 2hours

If there is anything you think I should have added, please let me know in the comments below, so I can be sure to add it in the future.

Written by Challyn Armstrong, Images by @katrinereiersen , @matze.ried & @sovrin_photography

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