A Side Trip to Jeffreys Bay (the Perfect Garden Route Stopover)

Jeffreys Bay is famous for its waves. Which is why in 2015, a World Surfing Championship was held there. In the finals of the tournament, professional surfer Mick Fanning was suddenly attacked by a Great White Shark who attempted to drag him under water. Fanning fought back by punching the shark!

Since then, Mick Fanning has now become famous for being the man who punched a shark.

Now I am not suggesting you go to Jeffreys Bay just to punch a shark. I am, however, suggesting that you do a stopover in Jeffreys Bay when you do a road trip through the Garden Route in South Africa.

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Maropeng – The Cradle of Humankind in South Africa

Whenever I ask people what they did in South Africa, the typical answer is they went on a safari, shark cage diving, and visited Table Mountain in Cape Town. I’ve heard of other places as well, but the one place I rarely hear people talk about is The Cradle of Humankind.

I stumbled upon this place while researching online on what to do in South Africa. It turns out that the Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO world heritage site where fossils of the earliest ancestors of humans originated.

Upon arriving at the Cradle of Humankind, also called Maropeng by locals, my inner nerd took over as a dome shaped building covered with grass came into sight. I then eagerly went to the ticketing booth, ready to purchase my ticket when the staff asked me if I also wanted to go to Sterkfontein.

“What’s Sterkfontein?” I asked with a confused look on my face.

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Coffee Bay – Escape from a Nightmare Travel Situation

After reading some guides online on where would be a good place to visit in South Africa, we decided to do a quick stop in Coffee Bay so we can explore the local infamous wild coast. Located here is some of the best beaches for surfing. The only downside is that you must drive through some of the worst unpaved roads in South Africa.

Everything seems to be going according to plan. The drive down towards the beach city of Coffee Bay was difficult due to the terrible road conditions. We made the most of it by waving at the locals who at first looks at us like we are aliens because I don’t think any Asians ever go to this area. After breaking the ice by waving at the school children, they would have the biggest smile on their face as they proceed to greet us warmly as we drive through the difficult terrain.

We eventually make it to our hostel called Sugarloaf Backpackers and spend the night making a few friends with other travellers.

So far so good right? The next morning, we pack up and ready to head to our next destination. As we drive towards the exit of the city to return to the terrible roads and eventually get on the highway, there appears to be a wooden wagon and rocks blocking the road preventing us from leaving this place.

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Safety in South Africa – Traveling as a Backpacker

When planning my trip to South Africa, I knew it would be a huge undertaking. With so many places to see, things to do and possible disasters to avoid, planning this trip has certainly been challenging!

My number one concern while planning this trip was of course, safety. South Africa is known to be dangerous with car jackings, murders and armed robberies happening across the country, particularly in Johannesburg.

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