SOUTH AFRICA - JEFFREY'S BAY
Day guiding or Surf lessons Surf on a region and country with mythical spots
J-Bay Surftrips is a unique incentive
in the Jeffreys Bay and surrounds, organising surf trips, safari’s,
sightseeing tours and many other exciting stuff for those serious about
the sport, surfing.
To make your surf safari and holiday in this beautiful part of the world relaxing and trouble free and to assure you only have to concentrate on the purpose of coming to J-Bay, surfing of course, we organise your trip custom made, just for you.
From pick-ups at the airport in Port Elizabeth, to best accommodation according to your budget and needs, to the best surf spots the world has to offer, to the very best surf instructor for beginner surfers, to experiencing exciting game drives, to unforgettable sunset times around a fire with the best wines in the world…
Whatever you dreamed of for your holiday and surf safari, we will arrange it for you and optimise your quality time in magic J-Bay. To make it easy for you, we already put together some basic packages, from which you can choose or adjust for your personal budget and needs.
Beside surfing, J-Bay offers a variety
of activities. Down town you can pay a visit to several factory shops
offering quality clothes for very interesting prices or to the Surf
Museum, the Pinguin Rehab Center, the Shark Aquarium , board shape
There are a number of small nature reserves and game parks in the area, such as Lombardine Game Park, Sea View Lion Park, where you get the chance pet the lion cubs while they are still small and harmless and Tisitsikamma National Park.
Adventures Jeffreys Bay offers Sand boarding, Horse Trail, Mountain and Quad Biking,….As you can see, the opportunities are endless.
When choosing the more economical Package Classic Aloe, you will stay in
either an in-town or on-the-shore, dorm-style hotel. Staying at the
in-town dorms you will be in close proximity to the lively bars and
nightlife that attracts people from all over the world.. Staying in the
on shore dorms you will be 20 meters from Supertubes - or in “surfer’s
paradise” as some may say.
When choosing the Epic Aloe or Ultimate Aloe packages, you will stay at the African Perfection guest house.
Positioned on the edge of Super Tubes, African Perfection offers you a unique experience.
A typical day in Jeffrey’s Bay sees you wake up with the morning sun, have an early surfing session before having a delicious breakfast in the a la carte restaurant. You are free to surf the best waves during the day, and watch the dolphins use Super Tubes as their playground. When your arms and legs can take no more, visit the local shops, and board factories, and finish the day with dinner at the in-house sushi bar before you watch the sun set on the water.
You can choose between Mini, Family, or Seafront suites. The Penthouse Loft is reserved for the Ultimate Aloe guests. All nine luxurious suites are individually decorated with a distinct and celebrated African sentiment.
They are each adapted to your personal needs including a mini-bar, satellite TV, bath oils & body lotions, and a private balcony with a breath-taking view of the legendary right hand surf breaks J Bay has to offer. From here, you can watch the greatest surfers at work during the day and an awe-inspiring sunset in the evening.
1 - Classic Aloe (Standard)
Includes : All transfers from and to Port Elizabeth airport.
Accommodation in seaside dorm including breakfast. One guided visit to a breathtaking safari game park. All petrol and road tax.
Daily 2-hour beginner’s or advanced surf lessons with a professional S.S.A./ E.P. instructor or daily surfari to the best waves in the area (JBay, St. Francis Bay, Cape St. Francis, Seal Point, Bruce’s Beauties…) Equipment: surfboards and wetsuits
Kitchen facilities available
Internet access Satelitte Tv
Package 2 - Epic Aloe (Upgraded)
Includes: All transfers from and to Port Elizabeth airport Accommodation in double room with stunning sea/surf views on the legendary Jeffreys Bay Supertubes break, including continental breakfast at ‘20 Pepper Street’, the in-house restaurant.
One guided visit to a breathtaking safari game park.Driver with in-depth local surf knowledge. All petrol and road tax
Daily. 2-hour beginner’s or advanced surf lessons with a professional S.S.A./E.P. instructor or daily surfari to the best waves in the area (JBay, St. Francis Bay, Cape St. Francis, Seal Point, Bruce’s Beauties…)
Equipment: surfboards and wetsuits
A visit to a local JBay board shaper
Free Billabong/J-bay Surftrips T-shirt
and local discount vouchers
Wireless Internet access Satelitte Tv in the room.
Package 3 - Ultimate Aloe (Ultra)
Includes: All transfers from and to Port Elizabeth airport.
Executive luxury accommodation in the penthouse from ‘African Perfection’ with stunning sea views on the legendary Jeffreys Bay Supertubes break, including continental breakfast at ‘20 Pepper Street’, the in-house restaurant.
Penthouse is serviced daily !
One guided visit to a breathtaking safari game park.
2-hour beginner’s or advanced surf lessons with a professional S.S.A./E.P. instructor or daily surfari to the best waves in the area (JBay, St. Francis Bay, Cape St. Francis, Seal Point, Bruce’s Beauties…)
Equipment : surfboards and wetsuits
A visit to a local JBay board shaper Free Billabong/J-bay Surftrips T-shirt
and local discount vouchers Broadband
Wireless Internet access Satelitte Tv plus surround sound dvd player
All packages include surfaris to the epic waves of “Endless Summer” and other hot spots in the area, this is fully included in the price.
The roaring forties reachable in a paddle bring extremely consistent S/W swells unrolling along the Southeast coast of South Africa from May to September (the austral winter).
Sometimes, tropical cyclones generate some nice swells from January to March. St Francis Bay offers a propitious playground on the spots where swell lines are filling out from Cape St Francis to Port Elisabeth.
In the Southwest, the Cape region is under cold water (14° to 17°C) on the Atlantic Ocean side and consistent swells. A few kilometres away on the other side of the peninsula of the Cape, this is the Indian Ocean and the water temperature rises 5 to 7 degrees more. That way, the inhabitants of the Cape have the spot choice according to the swell orientation on both oceans.
The East coast of South Africa, near Durban has a tropical influence, on the edge of Mozambique and the animal reservations of Kwazulu Natal. The water temperature does not go below 20°C in July and goes around 27°C in January. Some wind in July and August, but a consistent swell from May to October. Very nice beachbreaks and serious spots around Durban, considered as the little African Huntington Beach. A nice surfing atmosphere, shops, factories and shaping work-shops with famous brands such as Spider Surfboards, Gotcha…
WINDS & TIDES
A strong offshore wind is ruling during the austral winter, sometimes cold, from NW seizing the opportunity to blow in every spot exposed E/SE, near J-Bay.
From November to March, the dominating wind is from the East, and brings an onshore breeze. Tides are rather important and change the spots. In Cape Town and J-Bay, the water is very chilly during the austral winter (15° to 19°C) and rises up to 21°C in January in J-Bay. On Durban’s side, the water is 20°C in July and 27°C in January.
This is a legendary country for the sharks’ ferociousness – be careful but not paranoid…avoid surfing in isolated zones during the migration period of sardines (July), during rainfalls and river’s mouths in late evenings…Beware of sharp mussels covering the reefs and of Kelp, heavy and floating seaweed wreaths, sometimes big like buoys! Except that, surfing is excellent everywhere else!Not too many people in the water except in J-Bay, especially when this world-class wave is in good shape…a region where surfing is at a high level and where you need to respect the law of the spots like anywhere else.
Wear a 4/3 or 3/2 mm wetsuit for Cape Town and J-Bay from May to September. A springsuit and spandex suit for Durban at the same period. From October to April, always wear a 3/2 mm for Cape Town and J-Bay (maybe a springsuit in January in J-Bay). Boardshort and spandex for Durban.Boots for cold water and rocks. A hood if you are ready to charge the Antarctic swells in August near Crayfish Factory in the surroundings of Cape (you will see that the South African surfer likes the villous swell).
You also have the road from Cape Town to J-Bay (850 km to have fun) or the fun and tropical surfing on the East coast near Durban.
Seal Point : a nice beachbreak in the West of Cape St Francis.
Shelly Beach : nice little and easy waves
Cap St Francis : The wave hero of Endless Summer, a very long and dreamy right for longboarders. Need an Eastern heavy swell to really work out (also called Bruce’s Beauties)
Leftovers : at the entrance of the Bay – Need a great Southern swell. A nice and long right.Hullets Reef : Pleasant for beginners – an easy left -
Clapton’s Coil : Rare but with a good quality. A nice and powerful left.
Kitchen Windows : In the West of the Bay – easier than J-Bay’s sections.
Magnatubes : One of the 7 sections of J-Bay. Pretty cool, but you can feel the pressure increasing on this nice right…a quick idea of the beast…
J-Bay : a hell of 4 sections, for trained surfers. Beware of sharp-edged rocks when launching in the water. Delightful days, you can actually go through the whole Bay during a breathe-taking quick ride. Launching in Boneyyards, direct take-off and here we go! Next sections: Supertubes, Salad Bowl, Tubes and The point.
Albatross : Last J-Bay section. Cooler. You end up riding on the sandy beach in the middle of the dunes. You need to walk to come back to the peak, 600 meters higher…Enjoy the beautiful houses in the dunes (more particularly Derek Hind’s house, the most original pro surfer of the 1970’s, a misshapen Scottish-style mansion).
Staden’s Mouth : a cool beachbreak, on the way to Port Elisabeth, towards the East.
Noordbroock : a steady and delicate wave, on the foreland of Port Elisabeth.
Summerstrand : a pleasant beachbreak avoiding the strong winds.
Miller’s – The Fence : on the way to Cap Recife, in Port Elisabeth’s suburbs. Medium-quality waves but fun. Port Elisabeth has many urban, nice and good-quality spots. To explore.
Air temperature : 24°C (Summer) / 19°C (Winter)
Water temperature : 19°C (Summer) / 17°C (Winter)
Legendary lands of the living God Shaun Thomson, several time world champion in the 1980’s. A great surfing nation practicing this sport from the cold water shores of Capetown to the tropical water of Durban, going through the mythic Jeffrey’s Bay due South.
A land made of uncountable secret spots and a population with anglo saxon spirit : kind, protectors of nature, beer drinkers, rugby and deep tubes fans.
For the wild space enthusiasts, 12 hour away without jet lag.
A little bit of J-Bay history !
The south west coast of South Africa was originally inhabited by the nomadic San people many thousand years ago. They interbred with the Khoi-khoin tribes and became known as the Khoi-San. These peaceful people walked the coastline of South Africa, living off the sea and never claiming ownership to any place, and became known as the Strandlopers (Beach-walkers). Their beautiful rock art is testimony to this spiritual tribe that are the original inhabitants of our beaches.
The origin of the name “Jeffreys Bay”
Numerous explanations exist about where the name Jeffreys Bay derives from. Some say that the name derived from one Captain Jeffrey when his ship was shipwrecked here and he literally stumbled across the beautiful area that was to become Jeffreys Bay.
Another source says that the name was derived from a trader that moved here in 1850. Some always say that Jeffreys Bay was initially used as a harbor and trading post and was established in 1849 by one, a J.A. Jeffrey, a whale hunter by trade, originally from St. Helena.
As time passed, Jeffreys Bay became a small fishing village and has since grown into the wonderful and world famous holiday town it is today.
Jeffreys Bay is a picturesque town
situated on the coast of the Eastern Cape providence. Bracketed by a
beautiful range of mountains and its world renowned surfing beaches.
With its unique combination of beautiful beaches, endless summers,
abundant shells, white gold (calamari) and relaxed lifestyle, its no
wonder this town has become world renown.
For the French nationals, passport is compulsory and has to be valid at least 6 months beyond your return to France.It also must involve two blank pages in succession (left and right pages).
The entry in the country is done by Cape Town for the South trips and Durban for the East coast. To go to J Bay, you have to arrive at Port Elisabeth.
There are eleven official languages in South Africa. English and Afrikaans are the two most common.
Health : no specific vaccine is required. The treatment against malaria is strongly recommended if you plan on visiting the animal reservations.
TIME DIFFERENCES :
GMT +1 hour in winter, no time difference in winter.
Seasons are reversed compared to the Northern hemisphere. From October to March nice warm weather (28° to 35°) on the KwaZuluNatal (Eastern region, near Durban), 21° to 25°C temperate and oceanic in Cape Town’s region (South-west region) and 26° to 30° in J-Bay.
In April and May, it is the fall season, intermediate and very pleasant, cool for surfing.
From June to August, it is winter, serious season for waves, with a small temperature decrease especially during the night. Durban keeps 19° to 24°C, sometimes thunderstorms and a little windy.
Cape Town: 15° to 20°C, more humid. Johannesburg: 13° to 18°C, chilly.In September and October, a temperature increase, last rains on Cape Town, the austral spring is on its way.
The water temperatures distinguish several changes : Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean go between 13° and 17°C on average. J-Bay goes through the same but can rise up to 19°C in January. Durban, on the side Indian Ocean’s side does not go under 20° in July and rise to 27°C in December-January.
DRIVING CONDITIONS :
Be careful ! The driving side is the left one. You have to pay gas in cash. Roads are in perfect conditions like in North America; add the exotic side to it…
Respect the nature, the land and the sea. A beautiful wild country, a kind of African Australia. Breathe-taking animal reservations and an amazing marine biodiversity (the whale’s season near Durban in Mozambique’s channel)
The electrical alimentation in South Africa is 220-230 V. Outlets have three big connections adaptors. Think about buying one in every good supermarket.
The Rand (ZAR) that can be divided in 100 cents. 1 Rand = about 0.16 euro. Common credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, and American Express – are accepted.South African life is cheap.
The food is excellent (delicious red meat…). Try the Braii (local barbecue roasted meat very appreciated by the South Africans on the beaches). You can find everything just like in Europe.
EXTRA TIPS :
Do not travel constantly with your money and your identification papers but rather with copies of the first pages of your passport. Never go to the townships without anyone knowing the surroundings.
Avoid Johannesburg, there is nothing to see and it is not safe.In Cape Town and Durban, if you do not walk around in the dark streets at night, if you do not spread your opulence, if you are quiet and nice, you should be okay, even safer than in the world’s biggest cities at night.In the countryside, there is no danger !
Black South Africans are cool and friendly. The problems are not about racism but because of the poverty in contrast with the astonishing wealth of the White South Africans.
549€ for 7 nigthsPrice includes
Package 1 - Classic Aloe (Standard) - Full Package
|Package 1 - CLASSIC ALOE (Standard)|
|7 Jours / Days||14 Jours / Days||1 Jour / 1 Night|
|Bed and Breakfast||210€||390€||30€|
|Package 2 - EPIC ALOE (Upgraded)|
|7 Jours / Days||14 Jours / Days||1 Jour / 1 Night|
|Bed and Breakfast||559€||1080€||80€|
Le prix comprend / Price includes :
Transfert aéroport Port Elizabeth.
Hébergement en chambre double avec vue imprenable sur le légendaire spot de Jeffreys, comprenant le petit déjeuner continental au "20 Pepper Street", le restaurant de l'hôtel. Une visite guidée du " Safari game Park". Essence et péages inclus.
2 heures de cours de surf débutant ou avancé avec un professionnel
Équipement : planche de surf et combinaison.
Equipement pour cuisiner en camping mis à disposition.
Accès internet et TV par satellite.
|Package 3 - ULTIMATE ALOE (Ultra)|
|1 Pers||2 Pers||3 or 4 Pers|
|Bed and Breakfast||2075€||1060€/Pers||740€/Pers|
Le prix comprend / Price includes :
Transfert aéroport Port Elizabeth.
Hébergement de luxe à "l'African Perfection" avec vue sur mer, petit déjeuner compris, au "20 Peper Street", le restaurant de l’hôtel. Visite guidée du "safari game park".
2 heures de cours par jours avec un professionnel.
Equipement : planche de surf et combinaison.
Accès internet et TV par satellite.
Tous les forfaits incluent une excursion surfari sur la célèbre vague du film "Endless Summer" et d'autres spots connus sur la région.
7days/7nights -The prices are quoted per person.
On all FULL PACKAGE bookings made from January 2015 till November 2015 (except december bookings)
We can offer now :
On any of our FULL CLASSIC ,FULL EPIC AND OUR FULL ULTIMATE ALOE PACKAGES (note : not accommodation only bookings ! )
If 3 persons book the same FULL Package then the 4th person can come completely for free !