3 Things To Do In Jeffrey’s Bay

(Article by Caitlin W)

Jeffrey’s Bay is famed for its brilliant surfing, relaxed vibe and delectable seafood. Sounds like a little slice of heaven? 

You bet it is! Jeffrey’s Bay is the perfect holiday destination, and particularly popular for tourists who want to take a break from the demands of the corporate lifestyle. But what activities could you enjoy in this surfer’s retreat? 

Check out these 3 things to do in Jeffrey’s Bay.

1. Dolphin Beach and Supertubes

Jeffrey’s Bay is where surfers meet to catch the biggest swells Africa has to offer: the Supertubes. These are known as one of the top five right-hand breaks in the world and as a result, Dolphin Beach is home to the Billabong Professional qualifying series. Now, for those of you who aren’t surfers, this is still an awesome place to visit. 

Dolphin Beach runs all the way to the Gamtoos river and makes for a terrific walk. Do some soul-searching, shell collecting or just plain old nature appreciation along this stretch of Blue Flag beach. You could even do some wind-surfing if you’re looking for a fun activity. Snorkelling the reef is also a good idea when visiting this area, but if you’d rather stay high and dry, head on over to the numerous restaurants and shops which are literally within walking distance. 

Dolphin Beach has it all: sun, surf and surfers too. 

2. Potter’s Place

After whetting your appetite for adventure, you might be interested in whetting your actual appetite for food too. After all, surfing, wind-surfing or snorkelling aren’t exactly energy-saving activities. So, recharge in style. Stop in at Potter’s Place for a meal and a show. 

Potter’s Place features an eclectic blend of brilliant food and equally brilliant entertainment. They host shows by local musicians, comedians and more. Performers who’ve put on shows there include: Eddie Eksteen, Nicholis Louw, Elvis Blue and even Glaskas. What’s even better, is that it’s possible to enjoy these shows while you enjoy your food and drink. 

Potter’s Place is fully licensed and has everything from delectable breakfasts (bacon, eggs and the rest) to spare ribs, to the most sumptuous desserts you’ve ever laid eyes on. When you’re done filling the hole in your belly, why not check out their unique little shop? They sell home-made pottery, novelty items and their own ‘Potter’s se Moerse Lekker Saus’. A tasty souvenir! 

3. Kabeljous Nature Reserve

Now that you’ve eaten, laughed and were merry, it’s time to take it back to nature. The Kabeljous Nature Reserve lies north of Jeffrey’s Bay along the R102. It’s about 250 hectares in size and has kilometres of gorgeous coastline. 

Inside it you’ll find the Kabeljous River as well an estuary, and some of the most gorgeous sand dunes on the East Coast. The Euphorbia forest will lull you into a sense of true serenity while you explore this reserve. Though the weather can be unpredictable, it’s a wonderful place to visit and immerse yourself in true Jeffrey’s Bay environment. 
You might find dune thicket, wetlands and bushveld there, populated by bush pig, grysbok, porcupine, bushbuck and more. You can enjoy this scenic route along a hiking trail which is 3-7kms long. You won’t be able to bring your favourite family pet however, because no dogs, hunting or fires are allowed.

There are over 100 species of birds in the reserve and a picnic area in the estuary where you and your loved ones can take a well-deserved rest.

But don’t rest too long! There’s too much to discover in Jeffrey’s Bay: where fine food, entertainment and the wild abandon of nature meet as one. 

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