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  • Spectacular beach front location on the blue flag Dolphin Beach
  • Braai area on the lawn, and towels, chairs and umbrellas available for the beach
  • Opulent modern interiors and spacious rooms

On the Beach Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Jeffreys Bay

 

-34.0392, 24.9303

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With the spectacular Dolphin blue flag beach and warm Indian Ocean just a few steps away, made even more enticing by Jeffreys Bay’s balmy climate, On the Beach Guesthouse offers the perfect setting for a luxury holiday that can be as laidback or fun-filled as guests want it to be.

The elegantly opulent rooms have large glass sliding doors and windows that allow the beach and sea to be the star of the show, while guests will be kept satisfied by ceiling fans, hairdryers, tea/coffee trays and wireless internet. Plump King-size (available in twin option) beds with pure cotton percale linen work in harmony with the sounds of the ocean to ensure a blissful sleep. Apart from the standard room, all rooms have balconies or patios to get guests closer to the sights, sounds and smells of the seaside.

Fit for royalty, the first floor Penthouse Room is further appointed with air conditioning and heated towel rails. The upstairs patio and every other area of the room, including the cavernous centre bath and indulgent double shower, showcase panoramic beach and sea views.    

One of the spacious ground floor deluxe rooms has a double shower with beautiful beach views, while both rooms have the advantage of underfloor heating and patios. Families with one or two children under the age of 10 can make use of the sleeper couch in the sitting area. Also on the ground floor, the full en-suite superior rooms have either air conditioning or under floor heating, while the full en-suite luxury room offers only partial beach and sea views. The smaller standard room offers no ocean views, but is a perfectly comfortable abode for guests who need a shower only.

Sleeping up to four adults and two children under 12, the Magna Tubes Apartment is a great option for self-catering visitors who appreciate luxury. Offering a spacious living area, well-equipped kitchenette, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and spectacular views from the patio and interiors, the apartment will satisfy all needs.

The two-bedroomed suites have similar self-catering facilities, although the spacious full bathroom with double basins is shared, and only one extra child can be accommodated.

Guests will be delighted to have use of the braai area, which is set right on the beach and is equipped with everything needed for starting a fire, cooking the meat and savouring the end product at an outdoor wooden table. Bed and breakfast guests will start their day with a delicious full breakfast in the upstairs dining room; a great vantage point to spot dolphins frolicking in the waves below. Afterwards, a stroll to Dolphin Beach will definitely be in order, and the guest house offers free use of beach towels, chairs and umbrellas to allow for a relaxing day in the sun and surf. The world-renowned Super Tubes surf break is a short walk down the beach, and there are numerous professional schools which teach young and old how to surf.

For some great family fun, head to Dolphin Beach Entertainment, where waterslides, mini-golf and quad biking are on offer, or visit the shark aquarium and penguin centre. Sandboarding and horse riding are other popular activities that can be enjoyed all year round. In the town, guests can discover J Bay’s rich surfing culture by by popping into some of the many surf shops, or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants.

Rates & Summary


Penthouse Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Open-plan bath, double shower and double basins
Seating area leading to upstairs patio
Beach and ocean views

2 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch for 2 children under 10 
En-suite bath and shower or double shower
Patio with beach and ocean views

2 Superior Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Patio with beach and ocean views

Luxury Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Open-plan bath and shower
Balcony with partial beach and ocean views

2 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds or double bed
En-suite shower

Apartment

Sleeps 4 adults in 2 King-size/twin rooms
Sofa bed for 2 children under 12
First bedroom with en-suite bath
Second bedroom has en-suite shower
Kitchenette, lounge and dining area
Use of shared braai facilities
Patio with beach and ocean views 

2 Two-bedroom Suites

Each sleeps 4 adults in 2 King/twin or Queen rooms 
Bathroom with bath, shower and double basins
Kitchenette, lounge and dining area
Use of shared braai facilities
Patio or balcony with beach and ocean views

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included for rooms
Self-catering in apartment
B&B or self-catering in suites

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome in certain rooms.
No children permitted in superior, luxury and standard rooms.

Why Stay Here?

On the Beach Guesthouse offers luxury bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in a delightful setting on Jeffreys Bay’s blue flag Dolphin Beach. A braai area on the front lawn, overlooking the ocean, allows guests to enjoy laidback outdoor relaxation. Living up to its name, the guest house is situated right on the beach, and guests can use use the complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas for a fun-filled day at the seaside. 

Summary

  • Spectacular beach front location on the blue flag Dolphin Beach
  • Braai area on the lawn, and towels, chairs and umbrellas available for the beach
  • Opulent modern interiors and spacious rooms

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Direct beach access
  • Braai facilities
  • Nearby: beaches, surfing, scuba diving, fishing, sandboarding, beach horse riding, shark aquarium, penguin centre, mountain biking, quad biking, hiking, nature reserves, shopping.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge and freezer

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Tsitsikamma

Eastern Cape

About

The Tsitsikamma region embraces a large swathe of Afromontane forest and rugged coastline within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is interspersed with tracts of fynbos and commercial tree plantations.

It’s situated on the eastern edge of the Garden Route, between Nature’s Valley and Eerste Rivier, and is accessed along the N2 which runs through the area. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning ‘place of abundant (or sparkling) water’, and refers to the Indian Ocean to the south and the many rivers and streams in the area.

To the north, it’s bordered by the Tsitsikamma Mountains that spill their verdant cloak of thickly knitted trees and woven vines across hill and dale as they descend towards the sea. In the plunging gorges, rivers of dark water splash and tumble through secret places where creatures of the forest cavort and flutter in a timeless ritual of natural life.

Along the coast the forest pushes onto the white sandy beaches and rocky shore to greet the foaming breakers of the ocean.

Settlement in the area is on a small scale - even the main centre of Storms River Village is just a small clearing in the trees. 

From a visitor’s perspective there’s plenty to do here. The Tsitsikamma National Park is well known for its wild coastline, the Storms River Mouth, and its many hikes, which include the popular Otter Trail. 

Other multi-day hikes in the region are the Tsitsikamma Trail, through the mountains inland, and the Dolphin Trail, along the coastal cliffs. The area in general, with its deep gorges and towering trees, is a treasure trove of adrenaline pursuits that include bungee-jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, gliding through the tree tops or above waterfalls on a series of ziplines (cable slides), abseiling the steep cliffs, and tubing through the Storms River Gorge.

It’s the forests themselves that add that extra touch of magic to the region. The tracks and paths offer a unique opportunity to enter the realm of an enchanted natural world. The large Outeniqua Yellowwoods are the pillars of the forest, towering above any other living thing by far.

Some of these majestic trees are over 800 years old and standing next to one is a humbling experience. Bird watching here is rewarding and a flash of green or crimson may announce the sighting of a narina trogon or Knysna turaco.

Closer to the spongy forest floor, the smaller creatures are no less spellbinding. Butterflies bob in the pillars of sunlight that penetrate the canopy, chorister robin-chats rustle through the leaf litter, and the Knysna dwarf chameleon makes its way hesitantly through the vegetation.

Throughout the undergrowth chortling streams and still ponds reflect the delicate fronds of tree ferns. Here frogs breaststroke beneath a surface stained the colour of bourbon by the tannins and humic acid leached from the fallen leaves.

All around, wisps of old man’s beard drape the wrinkled bark and conjure up faces of wizards, and the patchwork mosses and lichens combine to form their cloaks. On fallen branches and leaning stumps, bracket fungi are natural receptacles filled with fallen rain where insects quench their thirst. The scene is embraced by an eternal peace that even the cicadas seem reluctant to disturb, their characteristic incessant screech curtailed to short periods of intermittent chirring.

With mountains, forests, rivers, and a coastline alternating between glinting beaches and rocky outcrops, Tsitsikamma is a diverse natural playground.   

Look out for

Tsitsikamma National Park - is the number one reason to visit the region and is situated off the N2, 10-minutes drive west of the Storms River Village. It’s a spectacular marine reserve where the indigenous forest grows right onto the rocky coastline. The coastal portion of the park stretches 80km along the shore and 5km out to sea protecting not only life in the inter-tidal zone but that of the deep sea too, while the inland expanse protects the forests, fynbos, and mountain catchment areas. There are various short hikes, a boardwalk to the famous suspension bridge over the Storms River Mouth, snorkelling, scuba diving, a boat trip up the Storms River, a restaurant, and a curio shop. For people wanting to spend more than a day there are campsites and chalets positioned along the shore. 

Hiking trails - a few well-known hiking trails start and finish in this area. The Otter Trail, which starts at Storms River Mouth and ends on the beach at Nature’s Valley, is one of South Africa’s most popular trails. The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and ends at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village. The Dolphin Trail is a guided and portered hike with upmarket accommodation.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - is exactly that - a tour of the forest canopy near the Storms River Village. It’s a combination of an adrenalin activity plus incredible views of the forest from a unique tree top perspective usually reserved for birds and monkeys. There are 10 slides that allow tourists to glide from tree to tree, stopping on platforms attached high up the trunks of giant Yellowwoods. Distances above the forest floor reach 30 metres. The guides are fun and informative. Booking is essential.

Bloukrans Bridge - this is Africa’s highest road bridge, and the world’s highest single-span arch bridge, with a central span of 272m, and a total bridge length of 451m. Statistics aside, the single reason it’s popular with visitors is because it’s home to the highest bungee jump in the world (216 metres). If the bungee is too much to contemplate there’s also a 200m zipline called the "Flying Fox" and a 400m bridge walk out onto the central arch. For the meek there’s a restaurant with a fabulous view. They’re open 7-days-a-week from 09h00-17h00.

Storms River Adventures - offer a 3 hour ‘Woodcutters Journey’ in an open vehicle down the Storms River Pass where oxwagons outspanned more than a century ago. Qualified guides enlighten passengers about the history and flora and fauna of the area. There are 3 trips daily and require a minimum of 6 people.

Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures - offer a thrilling zipline (cable slide) over waterfalls, with the longest glide being 211m. Those into adrenalin activities will love this adventure, and can also abseil 30m down a cliff into a fern cove. They take all ages, from 3 years up, and do tours 365-days-a-year in all weather conditions. Tours start at 08h00 and depart every 30 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 16h00.

Blackwater Tubing - depending on the water level, adventurers may be kloofing on low water, or white-water tubing on high water. Kloofing entails about 50% walking and 50% paddling, carrying the tube over shallow sections and leaping off rock faces that may be as high as 8 metres into pools below. It’s offered by Tube 'n Axe Backpackers from October to April and is a 5-hour trip that includes a lunch braai.

Storms River Village - is where all the adventure companies operate from and walks and mountain biking routes in the Plaatbos Nature Reserve start here.

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