The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Jeffreys Bay

Afrikaans name: Jeffreysbaai

Houses at Jeffrey's Bay

Jeffrey's Bay

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Eastern Cape

Located in the Eastern Cape, the coastal town of Jeffreys Bay is one of the top surfing destinations in South Africa. Jeffreys Bay, also affectionately known as J-bay, is an extremely popular holiday destination and there is no shortage of things to do and places to see.

Jeffrey's Bay weather


Jeffreys Bay started by J A Jeffrey as a port and trading post of in 1849. Jeffrey was a whaler from St Helena and created a business exporting fresh produce to Port Elizabeth as well as delivering the residents of Langkloof with general supplies.

The J-bay Winterfest is a must see for all outdoor and music lovers. The festival is held in July each year and features local musicians as well as top athletes participating in surfing, trail running, mountain biking competitions.

The ocean currents that flow past the coastline of Jeffreys Bay change direction with the season and this encourages a diverse range of marine life. Thanks to these currents, a host of shells can be found on the shores and shell collectors travel from far and wide to visit Jeffreys Bay. Visitors to the area should visit the C J Langenhoven Library which houses the Charlotte Kritzinger Seashell Collection as well as the string of shell shops. One local resident makes tiny dolls, figurines and decorations using shells collected from the beach to sell to travellers.

During your stay in Jeffreys Bay, visitors should make a trip to Seal Point. Seal Point can be found on the south-western end of St Francis Bay and it is home to a 28m lighthouse that is powered by candlelight and it dates back to 1876.

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 104

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 71

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 192

The Dive Sites of South Africa - Author: Anton Koornhof - Published: 1992 - Page: 79

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 134

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 91

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 190

Mooiloop! The Book - Author: SABC 2 - Published: 2016 - Page: 114

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 124

Country Life - Issue 244 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 51

go! - Issue 103 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 18

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 75

A Field Guide to the Eastern Cape Coast - Author: R. Lubke, F. Gess & M. Bruton - Published: 1988 - Page: 410


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