Jeffrey’s Bay, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, is optimally situated. It is along the world-famous Garden Route, one of the most scenic routes in the world, and is surrounded by the hills and rivers of the Kouga region. Most significantly, the warm Indian Ocean is a major attraction, cooling surfers and bathers as they frolic under the hot African sun.
While luxurious guesthouses, B&B’s and hotels are available, camping provides a hands-on experience of these gorgeous surrounds. Jeffrey’s Bay, and the towns and villages surrounding it, offer some fantastic camping options. Not only does camping allow visitors to be closer to the stunning fauna and flora of the area, it is also more cost effective, allowing larger numbers of people to stay for longer periods of time.
Island Vibe is both a backpacking lodge and a campsite. It is situated on top of one of the gorgeous sand dunes, elevating it for optimal views of the waves, frequented by surfers, dolphins and, seasonally, whales. The campsite was constructed specifically to ensure that each site boasts an ocean view and lulls weary travellers to sleep to the sounds of crashing waves. Island Vibe has internet facilities and accepts Credit cards.
Tia Ghee Tent Camp is only 60km from Jeffrey’s Bay, offering something rather special and unique. Permanent tents are fully furnished, and the lack of electricity or mobile phone reception ensures utter tranquillity. The ablution blocks are clean and conveniently situated, with the added luxury of hot water. Families will delight in spending the days hiking, walking or even cycling the various trails around the grounds, or simply spending a day on the white sands of the nearby beach. Tours of the impressive Baviaanskloof are conducted by the establishment (bookings essential). Alternatively, take your own vehicle and explore the orange orchards and the Gamtoos Valley and River. www.tiaghee.co.za
Camping at the TerraPi Community is an entirely novel experience. The exclusive camp boasts tepees in the middle of the South African bushveld. This venue is ideal for the entire family, with facilities such as a pool, baby pool, trampolines, swings and water polo equipment. These camping grounds have community-focus and environmental awareness elements to them as well. Visitors are encouraged to consider the lifestyle, limitations and opportunities of those people forced to survive only off the natural resources of the land they occupy. It also exposes the threats our environment now faces and the steps needed to rehabilitate the land and water that sustains us. There are various facilities that can accommodate larger groups of people for corporate functions and / or team building initiatives. These include a conference hall and restaurant. TerrPi is just outside the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
Certainly then, Jeffrey’s Bay is ideally situated for the exploration and appreciation of the natural fauna and flora of the area. It is particularly suited for camping as malaria is not a threat and the climate is temperate in winter and hot in summer. Sunscreen is essential all year round, and insect repellent is recommended. In addition, wear a sunhat, sunglasses and light clothing that covers exposed areas of the skin to prevent being bitten or getting sunburnt.
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