SA Epic Tour: Of surf and bargains!

Surfer at Jay Bay

One of the talented surfers at super-tubes in Jay Bay

On this leg of our trip, we added a little mix of chilling and some terror, okay, not quite the terror I would regard the bungy jumping as being, but terror none-the-less. Let me explain…

We left behind our zip-lining through treetops feeling all elavated and beaming with energy and enthusiastically sped off towards Jeffrey’s Bay. About half way into the middle of nowhere (known by some as Clarkson, Eastern Cape) which is about 50km from Humansdorp, our driver Vonne noted in a rather alarmed tone that the petrol light had come on. This was a problem. Aparently Brad did not think so: “I’ve driven tons of times when the light is on, you’ll be fine, you have way more than 50 K’s to go!” a statement he disqualified a few moments later with “ag, running out of petrol is not such a big deal, it’s happened to me tons of times before.” Needless to say there was a lot of free-wheeling down hills and very slow driving but thankfully we did make it to a rather heavenly looking Engen in Humansdorp just in time!

Our night in “Jay Bay” was spent at a really colourful surfer’s backpacker lodge called Ubuntu. Complete with a wide array of chill-out spaces and free cereal in the morning, we bumped into some rather international people who’d surfed all over the world. It’s a great cheap spot to get to the waves from, while having clean and relaxed accommodation to come home to.

I have to add something in here, if you’re going to eat out in Jeffrey’s Bay, you MUST eat at “The Greek Restaurant”. I eat out a lot and this possibly has some of the best food I have tried in ages, it knocks the socks of the food I had in Athens. Ask any local, they will tell you where to find it!

The next morning we were up early and straight off for a cup of piping hot coffee and a good long check-out of the waves. Jay Bay’s beaches are stunning even if you’re not interested in what’s going on in the water. But mind you, the moves these guys were pulling on the perfect waves makes for some very entertaining viewing. As the cherry on top of our sea view, we got to see a huge school of playful dolphins surfing the waves and launching themselves out of the water. Check out our Flickr page for our pics.

From there we made a very important swing by the factory shop to pick up some top brand label surf gear at rock-bottom prices. With sunglasses going from around R300, surf watches from about R600 and tops from less than R100, some serious bargains could be caught up on!

Next we arrive in Port Elizabeth and check out the stadium, look out for this, soon!

Our Readers Comments

  1. Jeffreys Bay sounds very laid back. So does Brad, come to think of it…

  2. WOW, that sounds amazing, well the part with the dolphins, not the one where you were running out of petrol. LOL. Cant wait to read about the next drive.

  3. Love Jay-Bay!! Loving the blog posts and the photos – especially the dolphins! keep them coming… xox

  4. I TOO LOVE J-BAY ,THAT IS WHY WE LIVE HERE .

    WAS THE FIRST B&B TO OPEN MY DOOR LONG AGO
    OVER 22 YRS .
    BEEN A MEMBER OF TRAVEL START FOR A LONG TIME TOO .

  5. Prizes from Durban to Cape Town?

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