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There is something about Jeffreys Bay that makes me want to visit the town. Located in the Eastern Cape, just about 75 km southwest of Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay is known for its world renowned beaches and surfing waves. I find Jeffreys Bay to be the ultimate chill spot.
The town is named after Captain Jeffreys who sailed his cargo ship on the East Coast of South Africa on trading expeditions in the 1840’s. It was during one of his trips that an epidemic of scurvy broke aboard, forcing him to land his vessel in what he believed to be a place filled with opportunities. Soon after he and the others arrived, he built a primitive port on what is now the main beach.  Captain Jeffreys also built his first house, a double-story mansion that people called the “White House” in 1850. His family became the first White family to settle in the town, and by 1852 Captain Jeffrey bought erf numbers 1,2,9 and 10 for a total of 79 British pounds. History aside, Jeffreys Bay is home to some of the greatest traveller sites and offers a good place to unwind from the fast paced city life.
A must do activity is a horse beach ride at Papiesfontein, just 10 km outside Jeffreys Bay and 70 km from Port Elizabeth, between the Gamtoos and Kabeljous rivers.
While on horseback, one gets to gallop along a 13km circular route. The trail takes about two hours to complete, through a scenic fynbos coastal vegetation, towards the Gamtoos river overlooking the  dunes along a 6 km stretch of deserted beach. A number of beaches are bound to keep anyone entertained with kitesurfing, surfing and windsurfing.
 
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Last updated : 24-Jan-2018

This article was produced by South African History Online on 24-Jan-2018

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