Jeffreys Bay - South Africa's Prime Surf Spot

Trip Start Oct 16, 2007
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Trip End May 09, 2008


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Friday, November 9, 2007

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Jeffreys Bay is an international surfing community, existing like a bubble within SA.  This place could've been anywhere, in New Zealand, or in South America.  It seemed that the Jeffrey's Bay surfing has transformed the community into a western backpackers destination, with an upscale town.   We felt quite safe walking around.  We stayed at Ubuntu backpackers, which was a really cool place, very laid back and everyone chillin watching the surf from the balcony upstairs.  Definitely had good vibes at this place. 

No surfing for Frank yet here, but he took lots of surfer pics.   Nearby to Jeffreys Bay was Aston Bay, an even more upscale community with luxury houses all fronting an inland lagoon.   What was shocking was at the end of this community was a wall with spikes all along the top of it like a prison, but to keep people out.  And right outside of the wall were all slums. 
 
Our next stop on the garden route was Storms River and the Tsitsikamma National Park.  There's a gas station right by storms river bridge where you can park at then check out the gorge.  15 km or so down the road was Storms River Mouth.  It was high tide and the waves were huge!  You could actually get really close to the huge waves without any danger, due to the way the waves crashed on the rocky shore. Unfortunately we couldn't actually see Storms River Mouth from the suspension bridge as the trail was closed due to a fire 3 months back.  But we did some walks around the coastline, and aside from the great views of the ocean and odd rock formations, one of the highlights along the trails were seeing dolphins playing in the surf!  The cabins in this park looked fantastic.   They seem in great condition (least from the outside), and each comes with Braai (BBQ) facilities, and jaw breaking views of the pounding surf.  If we're ever back in this neck of the woods again, we'd like to stay at one of these cabins for sure!
 
It was getting late -- about 6:30pm, but we felt we should check out Bloukrans bridge, the site of the "world's highest bungee jump".  But when we got there, the parking lot was empty, everything was closed & locked-up.  The only thing we saw was a man in some kind of uniform walking around with a flashlight and baseball bat.   So we quickly took our picture of the bridge and left.  Think Frank will need to wait till we get to New Zealand for his bungee jumping!
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