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Jeffreys Bay

Surfing capital of South Africa

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Yesterday I arrived at Jeffreys Bay close to Port Elizabeth. It's a fantastic place about 10-12 hours East from Cape Town. It's an incredibly popular place amongst surfers in South Africa and from around the world. The weather has been cooperating too. We've had nice weather the whole time except for two rainy nights in Cape Town. During the day the temperature is always in the high teens or low twenties, but at night things cool off considerably. I'm staying in a hostel called Island Vibe today. It's definitely the nicest place I've stayed at so far. It almost looks Hawaiian in style, probably for the surfers. What a place! I'm about an hour from the higheset bungi in the world (216 meters). We passed it last night and looked over the edge. Holy crap! It's SO high! You'd have to be nuts to jump! I don't think that I will do it. I may try my hand at surfing though. It's a tad bit safer, although it's not uncommon for surfers to spot sharks in these waters. But it is uncommon for there to be attacks. Today I will walk around and check out the town, and perhaps tomorrow, weather permitting I will give it a shot. I think that I will hang out here for a couple of days and enjoy the scenery before I leave the "Garden Route". After I leave this area, the terrain and people change quite a bit. I plan to TRY to go to Lesotho (a small mountainous enclave in the center of South Africa) and Swaziland if time (and money) permits. That's all for today.

Posted by mtn_biker 01:21 Archived in South Africa Tagged backpacking

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