J Bay, let’s stay!- South Africa

“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”South Africa

From – I- the Indian Ocean, last week, we have only travelled down the eastern coast line from Durban to Jeffery’s Bay, 876 kms, by road.

Jeffery’s Bay is on the Indian Ocean too!  “Yahhh! Let’s stay, Oh please let’s stay!”  The draw of the water was always too much for me.

JayBay

J- Bay, has the best right hand point break in the entire world!  That has to be surfer talk.  This is surfer country, it is their world.  Backpacker heaven!  The annual Billabong Pro world class surfing competition is held here. 

No  wonder!Surfer Patch

Do you want a patch like this?

In the 1960’s into the 1970’s Jeffery’s Bay was known as a hippie hangout. A name that might just have been a way of discribing young people, who had found out that there was more to life than simply “going to work.  ” 

A sunset

It is still a place where people go to escape the rat race of city life, although this year it was proclaimed as having, the fastest growing urban area in South Africa.  Everyone wants to be there, even if:

YOU CAN’T SURF!

YOU CAN’T SAND BOARD!

YOU CAN’T KITE SURF!

And possibly you can’t even RUN anymore!

Jeffery's Bay

Maybe you were of that era, one of the old hippies, who now needs to put your feet up and watch those at play.  I certainly am of that aforementioned era!

jeffreys bay sand boarding

So one morning you awake in your comfortable bed and breakfast accomodation and feel like a day out; is there anywhere that “old era” people could go?

addo elephant park

The Addo Elephant National Park is not too far away but you will have to drive inland for about one and a half hours.  You can use your own car to drive around the park, animal spotting, or book a guide for the day.

Port Elizabeth is only 75km from Jeffery’s if you want a ‘big city’ day out.

So who was this guy Jeffery anyway?  I love how places were named, let’s see what we can find out about the man. Not much.  He was the senior partner of a store Jeffery & Glendinnings which opened there in 1849 and he was the first person to live in J-Bay.

My bet is, they didn’t sell surf boards there!

J Bay surfer

I don’t think Mr Jeffery would have tried to surf either!

It’s quite easy really, fitness and a ‘little’ co ordination is all it takes!

And water in your nose, your mouth , your ears and your eyes!

(says I, risking my life on a blog post.)

This post is part of A-Z Challenge for Jenny- Alphebe Thursday.

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About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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2 Responses to J Bay, let’s stay!- South Africa

  1. Nick says:

    Whoa, talk about doing the wave.

  2. Such joyful diversity in this country!

    I love the contrast in images you shared!

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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