Oh Jeffreys Bay, you spoil us!

Come rain or come shine, Jeffreys Bay remains one of the most sought after destinations for leisure or adventure seekers alike. If you’ve not paid a visit to our seaside town yet (or recently) you have been missing out!

Perhaps best known for boasting with ”The World’s Best Wave” - for good reason we hasten to ad - our seaside town is also home to the Kabeljous Nature Reserve. This beautiful piece of coastline offers dune thickets, forests, bushveld and wetlands in one neat package - complete with various 3 to 21 kilometer walks.

Hikers may encounter Bushbuck, Duiker, Bushpig, Grysbok, Caracal, Mongoose or even some of the 100 species of birds that are found within. A picnic area is available at the Estuary and makes for a fantastic family day out.

Locals and visitors are spoiled for choice with the sheer number of activities on offer. Hop onto a specially repurposed railway ride and enjoy some wine (and snacks) with friends while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Feeling more active? How about some surfing, or ‘hoofing’ it along the beach on horseback? “Fat bikes” are available for hire if horse rides aren’t your cup of tea. Speaking of tea, we have a massive choice of café’s and restaurants to satisfy almost any food or drink craving you could think of. Our choice of food outlets may take you on a culinary journey to just about anywhere on the planet, but we digress….

We even have our own zipline complete with river to drop into at an ‘almost’ secret location. If you feel like to experience our town from a different yet very fun perspective, look no further than hopping on a local Rikshaw tour.

Warmer days offer the opportunity for kids to take advantage of our local water park or head over to the main beach for entertainment that includes mini Golf and super tube rides.

A visit to Jeffreys Bay would not be complete without popping in to the recently refurbished Shell Museum. We could quite literally carry on and on! Adrenalin seekers may want to partake in some skydiving, Heli-flip rides or sand-boarding while others flock to local fishing spots. Accommodation is available for almost any budget. From our much loved caravan park to luxurious hotels, self catering or guest houses our town caters for every taste.

Jeffreys Bay is the kind of holiday town that will climb right under your heart almost immediately. For those of us lucky enough to call this place home, it is a gem we cherish every single day.

 

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As dejected as it may seem, the word drowning resonates with me, especially during this time of the year. Drowning is defined as respiratory impairment that typically occurs silently, with only a few people able to wave their hands or call for help. Statistics show one person drowns every two to three days during summer. Surprisingly, the number one killer in the sea is the current. This is a short personal narrative of my experience during December 2018 with the hope that it might save someone’s life. The NSRI terms a rip current as a strong, narrow, fast-flowing current directed toward the sea that travels up to one to two meters per second. Rip currents usually develop close to the shoreline in very shallow water around a meter deep – just where beach bathers are usually found. My dad always educates me on when and where to swim. From an early age, I remember spending countless hours on the beach and in the sea every holiday. By the same token, I see myself as a decent swimmer who is able to swim myself to safety when necessary. Last year, my two girls and I were swimming at Dolphins Beach. As a rule, we never swim deep and stay between the red flags at all times. When we entered the water, there was no upshot current or at least I could not see any in the water. After an hour of swimming, suddenly I could not stand. My kids and I found ourselves in a dark spotted rip current. As former Northern Transvaal swimmer, lifesaver and Learn to Swim Instructor I tried to use the force of the waves to help us get back to shore. Unannounced, a giant wave plunged over us and split us apart. “Stay Calm, please stay calm”, I yelled! I was surprised to find my two daughters listening attentively. My oldest floated on the water imitated by her younger eight year old sister. Reminiscent of my days as a lifesaver, I decided to swim parallel to the beach and dragged both my daughters along. My eye caught the lifeguard patrolling the beach on his paddle s

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Jeffreys Bay Tourism is looking for an outgoing, loyal and energetic Intern

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JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Moves Into Championship Tour Qualification Position

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay is primed to qualify for the elite World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) for 2020 after placing third at the Hawaiian Pro 10,000 tournament on the weekend. Third-placing surfer and Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray had the weight of qualification on his shoulders, as a win would have officially gained him his first year on the CT. But he surfed with casual confidence and found a barrel in the Final to lock in a 5.83, his high score of the heat. ? ?The 22-year-old from Jeffrey’s Bay took on a veteran field in the Semifinals and eliminated two-time Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF) and eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) en route to the Final. Stealthily stacking the results, McGillivray is in a strong position heading into the Vans World Cup, where his best result was a Quarterfinal finish in 2018.??With this result, McGillivray moves into the top ten on the QS at number 6, jumping eight slots up the rankings. The top 10 surfers qualify for the Championship Tour, if they have not already secured their place by requalifying on the CT. Matt is looking good for qualification © WSL/Keoki.

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