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Addo Elephant National Park Full-Day Safari

1. Addo Elephant National Park Full-Day Safari

Get picked up from your hotel in Port Elizabeth. Spend a full day exploring the third largest National Park in South Africa with an expert local guide! The original elephant section of the park was proclaimed in 1931, when only eleven elephants remained in the area.  Nowadays, you can see a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. The park is also the only one in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.  An excursion to the Addo Elephant park is a must when visiting this unique area.

Sandboarding Jeffreys Bay

2. Sandboarding Jeffreys Bay

Come and experience some thrilling fun in the sun and sand! The dunes around Jeffrey's Bay are ideal for sandboarding, from gentle slopes for beginners to steeper dunes for the brave. The area offers beautiful views of the St Francis Bay and if luck is on your side you may be able to see whales and dolphins playing in the Bay. Sandboarding is a board sport similar to snowboarding. It is a recreational activity that takes place on sand dunes rather than snow-covered mountains. This board sport is beloved by people who love the sensation of surfing but aren’t too keen to head out into the big blue sea. Your skilled instructors will give you clear, detailed directions for the best and easiest way to learn how to fly down the dunes. Whether you’ve done this before, or are brand new to this, by the end of your session you will be confident in sandboarding. Not up to standing? Enjoy the sand surfing boards. Kids love these! You can sit or lay down on these boards as they surf down the dunes ‘super-fast’. Under your instructors watchful gaze, the kids (and the more cautious adults) will wear themselves out running up the dunes to sled down the dunes over and over and over again. The dunes need to be dry to be boarded down so this is weather dependent. People of all ages are welcome to join for a dune-tastic experience in the best (sand) surfing spot in Southern Africa.

Jeffreys Bay: Fat-Tire Bike Beach Rides

3. Jeffreys Bay: Fat-Tire Bike Beach Rides

Anyone that enjoys riding a bike will know the rush of feeling alive when riding along unspoiled, unpopulated Kabeljauws Beach in Jeffreys Bay. Immerse yourself in nature, winding through the bush trails and over the dunes onto the beach, enjoying the sound of the waves.  See native wildlife and maybe even spot fish eagles, whales and dolphins along the way and find out about their habits. Take this opportunity to spend time in a very remote area, almost untouched by the outside world. Your local tour operator strives to leave as little impact on the natural habitat as possible while sharing an unforgettable, unique beach experience.  Enjoy the best way to see the coastline in an eco-friendly way and take in the amazing landscapes and native animals that you’ll see. Take home memories and a sense of achievement.

Jeffreys Bay: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

4. Jeffreys Bay: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Experience an incredible standup paddleboard (SUP) tour on the Jeffreys Bay lagoon. Discover one of the world's fastest-growing water sport which has exploded in popularity in recent years.  Arrive at the meeting point at Jeffreys Bay and meet your experienced instructor. Get kitted out with a board, paddle, and lifejacket, then, head out onto the water for a basic lesson. Standup paddleboarding is easier than you think and the gentle currents of the lagoon are suitable for all experience levels to navigate. When you're ready, set off to explore the area. Admire beautiful views of the nature reserve and keep your eyes for local wildlife and flamingos. After the tour, head back to shore and make use of the showers and facilities.

Kayaking Jeffreys Bay

5. Kayaking Jeffreys Bay

The lagoons around Jeffreys Bay are some of the most spectacular in South Africa. Relaxing, fun, and easy to learn, kayaking is great even for beginners. The instructors will show you the basics. The kayaks are stable and easy to steer. All equipment is provided and all ages are welcome. The spot is conveniently located at the Kabeljouws Lagoon in J Bay just as you enter Jeffreys Bay from Port Elizabeth, at the lagoon next to the ablution blocks, there you will see the launch site and office. Kayak trips are run daily and transport can be arranged from Jeffreys Bay to the lagoon. Trips are at 10:00AM and 2:00PM. In-Season (December) the office operates from 8:00AM - 6:00PM.

Jeffreys Bay: Private Surfing Lesson for Beginners

6. Jeffreys Bay: Private Surfing Lesson for Beginners

Hit the waves and experience the thrill of surfing on this beginners course. Learn how to paddle, catch waves, stand up, and ride the wave towards the beach for the first time. Enjoy instruction at Jeffrey Bay's oldest surf school in the company of qualified, professional coaches. Practice your first moves on the beach, as well as waist-deep in water. Learn skills and techniques to achieve the ultimate goal of the surf lesson: standing up and riding a wave. At the conclusion of the lesson you will be equipped with the necessary skills to practice basic surfing on your own. Take home souvenirs of your first surfing experience, as photographs will be taken throughout the session.

Jeffrey’s Bay: Improver Surf Lesson

7. Jeffrey’s Bay: Improver Surf Lesson

Catch bigger waves with greater confidence in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, one of the greatest surf spots in the world. Take a surf lesson tailor-made for those who have mastered the beginner’s “learn to surf” level and are ready for the next step. With these intermediate or “improver” lessons, the surf coach will help you take the next step in your surfing life. There is an ideal, fun, and intermediate-level surf break out the front of the surf school where your surf coach will paddle out, assisting you in getting onto those beautiful long green waves.  After a beach briefing on the setup of the surf break, the coach will guide you out in the channel to the backline. Once out, the coach will point out lineup spots and swell indicators. As the wave approaches you will be guided into the perfect take-off zone to then paddle into that awesome green wave. After the ride, you will paddle back to the coach along the indicated paddle path and you’ll receive feedback on the ride and tips on how to improve. For the entirety of the two-hour session, the coach and his advanced knowledge will be available to help make sure you get where you want to be.

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What people are saying about Jeffreys Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 240 reviews

Great experience! Guide was awesome, van was comfortable. Did the reverse order starting with the wine tasting and finishing with the kayaking and 4-wheel safari. The wine tasting was lovely, we saw so many elephants in Addo, I loved the kayaking and the short hike to the suspension bridge. Lots of driving which is to be expected in order to cover part of the Garden Route but our guide arranged for comforts stops which made it a great experience. I went solo but had such a great time and our group was wonderful. Would definitely recommend!

The trip was amazing. Everyone was so freindly and kind. The accomodations were so well picked - we were not expecting such beautiful, spacious and clean venues as a backpacker. It was a real treat! Denver our guide was the best guide in the world. He is an amazing person. He made sure to give us the trip we would never forget. Without him the experience would not have been the same! As he would say: "This is Africa..;)"

I had a wonderful week and our guide Maudi from Hotspot2c was just lovely and fun! We saw so many elephants in addo and I always felt welcomed by our hosts. If you are in cape town and want to see more of the Garden Route - it's the thing to book!

The trip was incredibly beautiful and gave me many unforgettable moments! The Garden Route is beautiful and the stops were well chosen. But the best was our tour guide :)

Gerhard was an awesome guide, the group was amazing and the trip was a lot of fun!! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to explore the garden route.