0,5 – 1 hour drive from “The Gem”

In Jeffreys Bay, St Francis and Port Elizabeth is easily possible.

Miniature Golf
In Jeffreys Bay there is on the main beach a small mini-golf course with no less than 18 holes. It’s called PutPut, costs about 20 rand per person and is great fun. You play on concrete tracks that are covered with a fleece rug.


  Deep Sea Fishing
Have not tried that myself. At the supermarkets there are also often notices, otherwise go to Port St. Francis or check weblink to the right.

horse ride
A few kilometers from Jeffreys Bay, Beach Horse Rides Papiesfontein offers the opportunity to borrow horses and perform beautiful riding excursions.

Eddie Lötter
Tel: 079 / 299 8080

Game Safari. Tours at 08.00 clock or clock at 17.00. 150 Rand per person.
In the car or on horses possible. Before that book!
Henriette Buechner
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/293 20 73




St. Francis


St. Francis is about 35-40 minutes drive away. You drive until after Humansdorp on the R 102 and turn at the stop street turn left in Humansdorp, driving through the main street of Humansdorp and turn left again at the end. St. Francis is already signposted from the stop sign.

St. Francis is from the village of St. Francis, the port, Port St Francis and St Francis Cape.

It is nice for an afternoon to make a trip there. St. Francis himself has many houses with thatched roofs and white walls. Many houses in the Mexican style can be seen. There are some nice restaurants. Just try it.

The port is quite nice. Also a couple of restaurants. Land here on the fishing boat and unloaded at the freshly caught calamari.

With a touch of romance Cape St. Francis is shod. Here we always find it nice if there was a little windy and the waves break on the reefs and rocks and foam.


African Dawn
Situated on the old road (R 102), about 20 minutes from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth.
A very small cozy property. Embedded in a ring of mountains, one is here in the African Green. A very large bird aviary cages and various show animals. Even a crocodile is on site. So far we have taken a little more for a picnic. Also, we have grilled the girls. A beautiful goal, if you want to spend a few relaxing hours in cozy surroundings of a few animals. A large turtle usually runs around freely.
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/286 07 10 or +27 / (0) 83/270 33 97

  Kragakamma Park
If you want to have a healthy mix between themselves deadlocked and animal safari in your own car warranty, which is nice Kragakamma Park west of Port Elizabeth is recommended. Especially if you have children here, this park is worth a visit. About. 2-3 hours, you can comfortably ride through the park – no rush – to keep stopping and watching the animals, there are plenty. The area is so big that you get to see very rarely the limit. A picnic facility, or a simple “restaurant” invite to take a breather and refreshment.
Tel: +27 (0) 41 379 4195 or +27 (0) 41 379 5646, Mobile: +27 (0) 83 4102883


  Kareedouw on Route 62 / “The Sweety Dutchman”
About 45 minutes driving from Jeffreys Bay on the R102 via Humansdorp, you will find the town Kareedouw – located on Route 62. The R62 is the old way to Cape Town before the N2 was built.

Kareedouw is already somehow in the inner country and not at the coast. It is hilly and somehow quite picturesque. It is worth a more relaxed visit without any claim to special tourist goals. The eye will find pleasure in the overall mood and the many details.
We always take a drive to there, because our goal in Kareedouw, right on the main street, is this cute and yummy day restaurant “The Sweaty Dutchman”.

Here you will find a fine coffee and above all very tasty pancakes. In versions sweet or savory – just how you prefer to have it.
One can sit nicely on the front benches or shaded in the small but cozy coffee room. For ourselves we prefer it to walk through coffee room and sit on the porch at one of the two round tables. You can enjoy such a nice relaxed garden feeling. The pancakes and coffee are always worth the way to Kareedouw definitely!

The Sweaty Dutchman
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/288 00 56
Cell: +27 / (0) 82/906 66 77
Email: sweatydutchman@iafrica.com


1-2 hours drive from “The Gem”

  Boat tour on the Sundays River
Price negotiable, River Boat Cruises, 50 Aqua Vista Crescent Cannonville, Colchester,
Tel: +27 / (0) 41/468 1903 or Mobile: +27 / (0) 82/790 57 10

Township Tour in Port Elizabeth

Es ist eine interessate und persönlich lehrreiche Erfahrung wenn man sich mal einen Tag gönnt um das Leben der Menschen in einem Township kennenzulernen. Da man auf keinen Fall einfach mal alleine mit seinem Auto in ein Tonwship fahren sollte, ist das Buchen einer geführte Tour genau das Richtige. Port Elizabeth ist nicht weit weg und bequem zu erreichen.

Calabash Tours Tel.: 041 / 585 61 62
GuGu’s Township Tours: Tel: 083 / 656 8329






Port Elizabeth Tour

Go and take a tour through Port Elizabeth, or ‘Pe’ as the locals call it. Mosaic Tourism mit Craig.
Tel:  +27 / (0) 83 / 656 8329
Fax: +27 / (0) 86 / 274 3546
Email: info@mosaictourism.co.za
Linton Grange
Port Elizabeth 6015


  Safari in the Addo Elephant Park
The second largest national park in South Africa. About 200 elephants, 40 rhinos, buffalo, lion, kudu, ostrich, jackal, etc. Can be run through by car. Entrance R80 per Person, leader (if desired) for 2 hours for 100 Rand. Open from 08.00 h to 19.00 h
You can also stay in the park.

Jeffreys Bay, just 1.5 hours by car to Port Elizabeth.

For reservations or information
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/233 05 56/7

  Horse Safari in the Addo National Park
Group rates from 20, – €
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/233 86 21
  Jeep safari and night safari in the Addo National Park
from 25, – € per person at Highwinds Adventures and Safaris
Tel: +27 / (0) 41 586 37 21, Fax: +27 / (0) 42/585 66 86
  Tsitsikamma forest nature
Hiking, picnicking and swimming gloriously in bays
About. 1.5 hour drive to the north “towards Cape Town.
  Hiking the Otter Trail
Especially popular around the 42-kilometer Otter Trail in Tsitsikamma National Park.4’s lead to 5 days’ march demanding the trail through a bezaubende landscape. Costs about 85, – € per person. Definitely book well in advance, which means about 1 year ahead.
Tel: +27 / (0) 12/426 51 11

Canopy Tree Tour
A mixture of nature trails and cable car. High up on a 200 year old yellowwood tree with a platform is installed. Across the jungle ropes are stretched, 100 meters long and up to 90 meters high, where you glide through the treetops. Mounted in a sturdy belt. The soil is an idea often only through the thicket to.
In the Park, about 45, – € per person, Stormsriver Adventures, Darnell Street, Stormsriver
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/281 18 36


Here several species of monkeys live in a large fenced natural reserve. There are no free adult monkeys who are imprisoned here, but it is all about monkeys who have been living somewhere as pets, or animals found sick.
There are tours through the monkey forest. Very nice.

About. 10 km from Plettenberg Bay (as seen from J’Bay out, about 1 ¾ hours by car)
Open from 08.00 h to 18.00 h
Tel: 044/534 89 06


Birds of Eden
Right next to Monkeyland. A beautifully-scale giant aviary, where you can walk around without a guide and may there flying bird watching. Parrots of all colors, shapes and sizes, flamingos and other bird creatures. Worth real value.


Elephant Sanctuary
Also very close to Monkeyland. On elephant ride, they touched and petted, walking around with you scrub, elephant …. Open from 8.00 h
Sactuary Elephant, The Crags P.O. Box 16, The Crags, 6602, Tel: 044/534 81 45, Fax: 044/534 82 35


Bungee Jumping
Located € per jump on the N2 national road – at the Bloukrans Bridge, 200 meters above the ground from the edge of the bridge, daily 9 to 17 clock, 70.
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/28 11 458


African cultural experience in Khoisian Cultural Village
On your way to Tsitsikamma. Here you can buy Arts & Crafts.
Even simple accommodation in a round house is possible. Simple, but nice experience.


Old Nick Village

It is on the N2 just before the first exit to Plettenberg Bay. We love this place and visit it at least once in every holiday. We like the athmospere, the food, the people and the shops.

This place is food for the soul and is a retail theatre of talent and imagination. Children can run free in the magical gardens enhanced by a wonderful climbing sculpture.

Expect the unexpected – a lazy musical afternoon on the lawns, a special exhibition or an encounter with resident birds or the occasional Vervet monkeys.

They have restrooms for the disabled with many stores and the restaurant accessible for wheelchairs.

We often include a visit at Old Nick in a 2 day trip which consists of visiting Monkey Land, Birds of Eden, having a splendig dinner in Plettenberg Bay (for example in “The Table”), staying over night in a guest house in Plet, enjoying breakfast in Old Nicks restaurant, visiting Lanewood Snake Sanctuary or Tsitsikamma and then driving back to Jeffreys Bay. Lovely.


Robberg Marine Reserve
About 8 km south of Plettenberg Bay, daily 7-17 clock, hiking trail, entrance about 3, – €
Tel: +27 / (0) 42/233 86 21


Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
On the N2 between Plettenberg Bay (15 km) and Humansdorp.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 to 16 clock.
Small, but good snake farm. Here you can touch the snakes. Tour takes about 1-1.5 hours. One learns to know the most important snakes. Recommended. Real nice for about 1-1.5 hours.
Tel: +27 – (0) 44/534 80 56
Tel: +27 – (0) 82/667 65 88


Ocean tour in Plettenberg Bay
Whales (especially likely September to December), dolphins, seals, sharks, if necessary
It is advisable to book in advance.




2-4 hours drive from “The Gem”


Experience a Safaris and stay there overnight

If you fancy a safari and a real “bush experience” you should stay at a game reserve for at least a day and night. The Game Reserves listed here are all from The Gem holiday house within easy reach by car in an easy journey.

The following lodges are well worth a visit:

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Pumba Safari Private Game Reserve

Amakhala Game Reserve

Lalibela Game Reserve


  Knysna   www.visitknysna.co.za


Visit the Cangoo Caves.Very nice!

Or have a ride on an ostrich (max. 70 kg weight p.P.).
HIGHGATE Ostrich Show Farm
Tel.: +27 / (0)44 / 272 7115/6
Eamil: hosf@mweb.co.za


7-8 hours drive from “The Gem”



  Full day trip to Cape Town
Cape Town is well worth a visit. Who is in the house long enough (about 2 weeks) and then venturing that should definitely visit Cape Town.
There are an awful lot to discover.

A nice walking tour you can book under “capewalkingtours.co.za”
I even took the tour on foot in Cape Town more than a bus ride through the city. But of course, also a bus tour is very nice to discover Cape Town.

Here are some examples of experiences, events or tours:

The descent into the blue word “free diving” many immediately think of the movie The Big Blue, which helped the sport to worldwide recognition. But a Cape Town is associated with free diving or freediving immediately think of Hanli Prinsloo. Hanli is South Africa’s record holder in freediving and the secret weapon of big-wave surfer, she teaches them how his breath so long lasting that the lung is put to the test.

Book with a one-day course Hanli, where you learn not only the free-diving, but also experience the dolphins, seals and sharks, which live in False Bay, at close



  Cape Town Jazz Safari
Cape Town is the birthplace of Duke Ellington’s protégé Dollar Brand. His legacy lives on in Cape Town. The best way to learn the jazzy side of the city know by experience its jazz stars up close and live. Book a Cape Town Jazz Safari and look forward to a dinner with a musician at home, including private jam session and a nightcap in one of the hottest clubs in town.
  International Jazz Festival
Put on your Bescuh in Cape Town, the crown and plan your visit around the 30th and 31 March, when in Cape Town, Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Cape Winelands Film Festival (CWFF)
Finding place mostly in march in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Documentary, short and feature films are the focus of this festival. For ten days, a total of approximately 100 to 200 films are shown.
The CWFF is a competitive festival that accepts features, documentaries and short films.  The festival highlights both the emerging and professional filmmaker, and serves as a catalyst for bringing writers & filmmakers together to collaborate on future productions.

  Wine Harvest Festival
The wine harvest – including grape stomping – and a tasting of regional wines lure again and again in the region.
  welfare benefit
For those who prefer a bit of wellness on their journey and stop in Cape Town, this link is recommended:
  Cape Epic mountain bike race
Perhaps the hardest mountain bike race in the world takes on a different route each year through the landscapes of the Western Cape.
  lighthouse visit
Green Point (Mouille Point), Tel: +27 / (0) 21/449 51 71, 10 to 15 clock, coffee shops in the immediate vicinity
Slangkoppunt (Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula), Tel: +27 / (0) 21/783 17 17, 10 to 15 clock
  Visit Cape Point

There, moving the 3.5-hour Shipwrecktrail, passing in 1942, Thomas T. Tucker or lower in 1965 gesunkenene Nollath.



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