For thousands of years, the coastline that is now known as Jeffrey’s Bay was occupied by the San, who later interbred with the Khoi-khoin people, to become known as the Khoi-San tribes. Because of their movement along the coast, they became known as “Strandlopers” (beach walkers). Some of their rock art remains as a vestige of these ancient tribes. Unfortunately, the indigenous people were soon driven further and further away from the coast by Dutch explorers.
Regarding the origin of the name of the town, there are a few speculations. One is that Captain Jeffreys sailed South Africa’s east coast in the 1840’s for trading purposes. When his crew members were struck by scurvy, he landed his ship on the primitive coast, now the main beach of Jeffrey’s Bay. Ten years later, he bought erven 1, 2, 9 and 10 for £79, and built their home on the corner of Woltemade and Jeffreys Streets. When the prominent Reilly family arrived in the area in 1928, they reportedly used the original timber from Captain Jeffreys’ ship to build their home, even preserving the 150-year old barometer.
Fondly referred to as J’Bay by locals and loyal visitors, boasts long stretches of golden sand, lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Its prime location near the very tip of Africa makes Jeffrey's Bay an ideal holiday location for the traveller seeking relaxation and an authentically African visit to the Continent, while never negotiating on convenience, luxury and quality. Dolphin Beach in J'Bay has recently been awarded Blue Flag statues, a prestigious international award only giving to beaches that meet stringent standards in environment protection, facilities provided and safety equipment and personal on hand.
J-BAY is best known for its spectacular surfing spots, including Kitchen Windows, Surfers Point and Supertubes, which is internationally acclaimed as being one of the world’s top ten surf spots and is host to the International Billabong Pro surfing competition. Straight, long, hollow cylinders and sizeable swells guarantee that even the most expert of surfers enjoys a challenging and beautiful ride on some of the world’s most remarkable w aves. Despite this acclaim, J’Bay is also the ideal location to tutor potential Billabong champs. Jeffrey's Bay is situated right near the tip of southern-most Africa, at the gateway of the beautiful Garden Route – the famous route between Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) and Cape Town. From Jeffreys Bay, this scenic road winds through the beautiful Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Due to this prime situation, Jeffrey's Bay provides travellers with an ideal based from which to explore the enchanting east coast of South Africa.
also hosts and enjoys some world-famous events. One such event is the Billabong Pro, www.billabong.com/za/ , where local and international surfers converge in the ultimate challenge, which is the halfway point of the ASP World Tour, to rank the world’s number one male surfing champion. The Shell Festival is another highlight enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. This part of the coast is famous for its exquisite array of shells, and the festival acts as an opportunity to showcase this variety in a responsible way. Apart from a display of these shells, you are guaranteed to see them put to an innovative use; from ornaments to ashtrays, shoes to cutlery. If you are not in Jeffrey's Bay for the festival, be sure to visit the Shell Museum to experience some of the magnificent diversity gleaned from the South African coastline.
Water sports include: surfing, scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, boat trips, fishing, sailing, canoeing and body surfing. There are a number of other activities to do whilst staying in Jeffreys Bay. These include: mountain bike rides, beach horse rides, a 9-hole golf course, a shark aquarium, river cruises, quad biking and hiking trails.
The area has a number of nature reserves, which also draw visitors. Kabeljous Estuary and Nature Reserve is a walk-about reserve that has a safe swimming beach and is an excellent fishing and bird-watching area. The Noorsekloof Nature Reserve has a 3km trail running alongside a stream from which you can see many species of bird and some small buck. If it is bird-watching you are after, then the Seekoei River Estuary is the place to go. There is an abundance of water fowl and a hide overlooking the river.
Jeffreys Bay is also at the start of the Garden Route and an ideal base from which to visit the Addo Elephant Park and the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. It is only 45 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth where there is an airport
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Zwartenbosch Golf ClubZwartenbosch Golf Club is situated at he foot of the Zwarte mountain just a stone throw away form Humansdorp and Jeffrey’s Bay. The abundance of natural fountains, fauna and flora together wildlife and the variety of birdlife will make this a golfing experience you will never forget. Zwartenbosch Golf and lifestyle ... more information
Die Walskipper Restaurant (Jeffreys Bay) Categories: Cafés & Eateries
Price group: On Request (see other things to do in this price group)
Available in the following region(s): Sunshine Coast
Address: Clapton Beach, Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay
Telephone: +27 (0)42 292-0005
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12h00 to 22h00. Sundays from 12h00 to 15h00.
Die Walskipper restaurant in Jeffreys Bay is right on the beach - you couldn’t get closer! The food is scrumptious, cooked on open fires or in clay ovens and definitely the best seafood in town. Also on the menu is delicious homemade bread, sublime with juicy jams or freshly made snoek pate. Buckets serve as lampshades and your vino will arrive in a tin mug so the décor will get you talking! But this all adds to the atmosphere. Expect to be seated at benches with a wood burning fireplace placed at the end of it to fend off the chillier evenings.
Island Vibe JBay in a nutshell
The most incredible location in Jeffreys Bay, Island Vibe is perched on a sand dune overlooking the Indian Ocean. Kitchen Windows – an awesome surf break for first timers and pro’s - is a mere trot down the dune; and swimming is a stone’s throw away. Many mornings you will wake to dolphins lolling past or zipping through waves; during July to October the Southern Right Whale comes to play in the bay clearly visible from one of our secluded decks.
The atmosphere at Island Vibe is one of a kind, supported by awesomely friendly staff, a bar that can go off second to none, a total island- style -laze –about- cocktail- at- sunset sort of place. Catch a wave on a rental board, take a surf lesson to get to grips with what it’s all about, beach horse rides to blow your mind, sand boarding, kite surfing…. WOW! Read more
Quiet areas are abundant: find a deck, laze on the lawn, play some pool, wander down to the beach. Our crème de la crème Beach House offers double/twin/triple en suites with balconies overlooking the beach and to beat it all, you can order brekkie in bed!
Here walking is the way to do it but if you are not keen...then they have
local taxi's that can take you anywhere for the smallest amount +_R6.00
or you can find out from the locals which is the best way to travel.