Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

Last week I went to Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa with Julie, her 6 year old daughter Ellie and Megan.  Julie and Megan are both missionaries with Adventures in Mission.  Jeffrey’s Bay is on the Indian Ocean pretty much in the center of South Africa in the Eastern Cape province.   For most of the time we stayed a block off of the beach.  The last couple of nights we stayed with our friends Jodi and Marius who where missionaries in Swaziland but now are in ministry in Jeffrey’s bay.  It was a great week of rest and relaxation soaking up the beauty of the sea shore.  We went for a walk on the beach and looked for sea shells every day.  Parts of the beach were a nice, fine sand.  Other parts were nothing but broken sea shells and yet another area was nothing but rocks worn round and smooth by the ocean tides.

Lighthouse at St. Francis Point about 30 minutes from Jeffrey's Bay.

We visited a penguin sanctuary at St. Francis Point. They not only rescue African penguins, but they have some penguins from Antarctica called Rock Hopper penguins. They get caught in fishing nets in the waters around Antarctica and eventually get washed up onto the South African coast.

Isn't he cute? I think he is my new favorite ocean animal! They really do hop up onto the rocks and hop off of them.

The rescue worker shooed them into the building for feeding time. They waddled into the pool and played and splashed like crazy. Then they saw the worker open the gate and go to where he gives out the food and they all rushed out of the pool and stood in line for their food! This was a really cool place.

We ate dinner one night at "3 Fat Fish." They serve pizza, pasta and some fish items. The night we went it was 2 for 1 pizza's. They bring you the bill inside a wooden fish. I'm thinking Chuy's should adopt this. The pizza was great, but I got sick the next day. I don't know if it was the pizza or if I had just been eating too many things I'm not used to eating.

One afternoon we drove about an hour out of Jeffrfey's Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park which encompasses an area around the Storms River. It was absolutely beautiful. It reminded me of the Northern coast of California and Oregon. When I see countryside like this I get a bit confused as to where I am because it doesn't feel or look like what we think Africa should look like.

Storms River canyon.

To cross the mouth of Storms river you have to walk across this suspension bridge. It was higher up than it looks and it got to bouncing around pretty easily as we walked across it.

Looking out to the Indian Ocean from the other side of the Storms River.

Not long after we got home from Storms River, it started raining. It rained all night and most of Saturday. This area of South Africa is in a severe drought so they were very happy to get the rain. We managed to get out during one of the brief periods when it stopped raining. We found all kinds of cool things along the beach. These birds are called African Black Oystercatchers!

The rough seas had washed up lots of sea snails. I've never actually seen one with a snail in it!

There were tons of these little jelly fish on the beach. We watched as this snail appeared to intentionally go to the snail. I didn't think snails attacked or ate anything like this. I don't know. Maybe the snail was trying to revive the jelly fish!

One of the many jelly fishes in the water. I waded out just a little bit to take a picture of this jelly fish. Unfortunately, I either stepped on a jelly fish or one of them sent their tentacles out to get me. It got caught on the Velcro strap on my sandal. All of a sudden that area started stinging like it was on fire. It stung for a couple of hours but nothing else happened. I'm just glad I had my sandals on and am glad I found what looked like blue thread caught on the Velcro. Ish!

And finally, one last picture. Yes, it really was cold but it was so beautiful.

And God said, “let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.”  And it was so.  God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.”  And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:9-10.    And it was awesome!


2 thoughts on “Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa

  1. Beautiful photos Chris! Next to the mountains, the ocean is my favorite place to be. Love the penguins, snails and the dramatic scenery. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Gary and I stayed in the cabins at Storms River. It is such a beautiful place–so dramatic! I loved hearing about your trip and I am so happy you were able to get away. I recognize the young woman who lives down there from the chruch in Mbabane. I remember when she and her husband left. Love to you, Jeri

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