Things to do & places to stay in the area
Woodridge College & Preparatory School is situated on a 365 acre multi-adventure eco-estate, just off the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay, in the Eastern Cape, the Adventure Province of South Africa. It is surrounded by nature and attractions that would satisfy many visitors, especially those with an affinity for the outdoors. Within a 1 hour radius, visitors can indulge in a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities such as horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, shopping or going to the beach.
In the heart of a valley, a stones throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city lies African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is set between rolling hills, close to the ocean and is a relaxing place to spend a lazy day with your family. The spacious enclosures and open grounds provide visitors with a feeling of peace and tranquility, while there are several picnic and braai areas as well as a restaurant that serves light meals.
For more information, visit: www.africandawnwildlifesanctuary.com
With the Eastern Cape being an ideal coastal holiday destination, the choices of what to do are endless. However, at the top of many to-do lists would be to discover the wonder of the Baviaanskloof, situated only about 45 minutes from Woodridge. This World Heritage Site contain 7 of South Africa’s 8 biomes and is the 3rd largest nature conservation area in South Africa with Black Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Mountain Zebra and Cape Leopard that call it home. It offers outstanding natural beauty, with spectacular land formations and a diverse collection of plants and animals. Visitors can choose from an array of experiences, from 4x4 trips, camping, hiking, climbing, biking and bird watching, to name but a few options.
Shoppers will be spoilt for choice at Baywest Mall with so much to choose from in food, fashion and fun in a safe and modern environment. There is also endless entertainment on offer with a Fun Factory, Olympic sized Ice rink, IMAX, Cine Prestige and the Games Arcade.
For more information, visit: www.baywestmall.co.za
Crossways is ideally situated to discover country living in the beautiful pristine countryside of the Eastern Cape, between Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey’s Bay. It borders on the Garden Route and the Baviaanskloof, a renowned world heritage site. Families enjoy secure and sustainable living in South Africa’s first contemporary new rural town. Crossways Country Kitchen is another drawcard in the area. The restaurant can be found next to the Crossways Sales Center on the N2 Exit 707, between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay.
Falcon Rock is situated just a short drive from Port Elizabeth and nestled amongst the stunning slopes of the Lady’s Slipper Mountain, close to the wild expanses of Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve. With a unique restaurant and accommodation on offer. this friendly, relaxed and welcoming venue offers an enchanting experience for families and friends. The glorious mountain backdrop and lush indigenous trees is truly a stunning setting for visitors, whilst tucking into a meal or having drink out in the country.
The Lady Slipper Hiking Trail can be accessed from Falcon Rock. This strikingly beautiful mountain reserve is the property of the Mountain Club of South Africa . The trail takes about an hour and a half to two hours to complete (up and down). Use of the trail is R30 per person and visitors are required to sign an indemnity before proceeding. This is available at the Adventure Centre’s office. Unfortunately they do not have card facilities so bring cash along. As the peak is a rough mountain track rather than a manicured trail, it is best suited for fit and sure-footed hikers. The mountain is said to resemble an up-turned high-heeled shoe, hence the name, Lady Slipper.
GAMTOOS RIVER MOUTH
Gamtoos River Mouth National Reserve is situated within 30 minutes of Woodridge and offers a journey of discovery along the sandy white beach, the Indian Ocean and beautiful dunes. It is the ideal destination for fishing, caoening, paddleskiing and sand-boarding. Private accommodation is available via AirBnB or look for alternative options on www.lekkeslaap.co.za
Intle Boutique Hotel & Private Reserve is a luxury eco reserve situated 45 minutes from the Port Elizabeth airport, located at the gateway to the Cape Garden Route, Route 62 and the Baviaanskloof. Intle is a owner run farm and guest lodge which strives to deliver only the very best in quality of food, accommodation and activities. There is a wonderful selection of game on the reserve, from the majestic giraffe, zebra and wildebeest to beautiful kudus. There are many more species that are absolutely amazing to watch. With the most beautiful view of the mountains as well as Indian Ocean, Intle offers an unforgettable experience in high quality lodging and impeccable service.
JAGERHOF GAME LODGE
Borderd by mountains and overlooking the sea, Jagerhof is a special place of beauty where comfortable and tranquil living is the norm. The lodge boasts a unique biome of indigenous fauna and flora, from Wild Olive, Milk wood, Yellow wood, Salie, Kiepersol, White Stinkwood to Acacia-thorn tree species. There is also an abundance of birds and mammals. Just off the N2, about 35 km from Port Elizabeth, visitors can enjoy customised game drives. A unique feature of the accommodation is that the game is viewable from every room.
For more information, visit: www.jagerhof.co.za
Jeffreys Bay is renowned worldwide as a delightful holiday destination. It incorporates Aston Bay, Kabeljous-on-Sea and Paradise Beach. The bay stretches from Cape Recife in the east, through to Cape St Francis further west while the village lies 80km west of Port Elizabeth midway between the Gamtoos and Kromme Rivers, and the two estuaries of the Kabeljous and Seekoei Rivers. With endless beaches and a year-round summer, Jeffreys Bay is renowned for its surfing waves and different surf breaks, each possessing its own magic. Favourite surfing spots include Kitchen Window, Tubes, Super Tubes, Point and Albatross.
If you would like to learn to surf, look up Wavecrest Surf School. Established in Jeffreys Bay in 2005, it has been going strong ever since. Situated on the main beachfront near many restaurants and good chilling spots, the atmosphere is awesome, while lessons are professionally set up to teach all you need to know to get you on your way. Lesson are 2 hours long and it includes use of a board and wetsuit.
For more information, visit: www.jeffreysbaytourism.org
ST FRANCIS & CAPE ST FRANCIS
When St Francis is mentioned, many recall the perfect waves showcased in the iconic 1966 surf movie, The Endless Summer. Today, the town of St Francis is famous for several more reasons, other than surfing. It boasts a beautiful canal system surrounded by beautiful homes built in a uniform style, with black roofs and white walls. Cape St Francis is where you will find the century old Seal Point Lighthouse and a penguin rehabilitation facility amongst the fynbos and beautiful beaches.
VAN STADENS RESORT
Beauty and tranquility meet at Van Stadens nature conservancy where you will find self-catering accommodation, 89 campsites and day-visitor facilities. Bring along a gazebo, bring a braai-grid or pack a picnic and visit us for the day. A kiosk is open over weekends and during peak times.
Wacky Woods is a private riverside resort, which offers self-catering accommodation, camping and caravan facilities, pools, hiking, fishing, bird watching.
JBay Zebra Lodge offers true luxury accommodation and is situated just outside Port Elizabeth. The lodge enjoys 360 degree views overlooking the Indian Ocean, the indigenous bush and the mountains. Suites and tents have a private wooden deck providing breathtaking views.
3 RIVERS TRAILS
Another highlight would be to discover and traverse over more than 200km of biking, hiking or running trails, through some of the most beautiful parts of the Eastern Cape. Woodridge running and mountain biking trails are linked to these trails and can be accessed through 3 Rivers Trails.
Van Staden's Pass Heights
Latitude: -33.916796 | Longitude: 25.203623