General Info about Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

All that EU, US, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand nationals require to stay as a tourist in Jeffrey’s Bay for a period of up to ninety days is a valid passport. In order to receive the required stamp on your passport, it must have two free pages and must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of departure from South Africa. Citizens of all other countries should check with their South African embassy to see what the visa requirements are for their particular nationality.

The currency used in South Africa is the Rand which is made up of 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100, R200 and the coins in use are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

South Africa has 11 official languages and of these 11, some of the main languages spoken in Jeffrey’s Bay are Xhosa, English and Afrikaans.

Thanks to its location in the Eastern Cape, Jeffrey’s Bay has what is referred to as a subtropical climate. Summer days tend to get pretty hot, seeing an average of at least 25ºC with temperatures sometimes climbing substantially higher than this. Winter days don’t get very cold here in J-by and average temperatures tend to hover somewhere between 15ºC and 19ºC. On average, Jeffrey’s Bay sees just over 400mm of rain over the course of a year. Due to the town’s coastal setting, it can get pretty breezy here, which is definitely appreciated on those hot summer days.

Time Zone
Jeffrey’s Bay is located in the South African Standard Time (SAST) zone which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Opening Hours
Shops in Jeffrey’s Bay are generally opened from 9.00am until 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. At weekends, smaller shops may only be open in the morning while the larger malls have longer weekend opening hours.

Tourist Office
Jeffrey’s Bay Tourism has its office in the Shell Museum Complex on Da Gama Street, the town’s main street.

Currency Exchange
Banks in town offer currency exchange services. There are also a number of ATMs in Jeffrey’s Bay, from which you can withdraw local currency.

Electricity in South Africa is 220V/230V, 50 Hz. In Jeffrey’s Bay you’ll need to use a round 3-pin plug.

To call Jeffrey’s Bay from abroad you first dial 00, followed by 27 which is the country code for South Africa, the local area code 042 and the local number, but don't forget to drop the 0 on the area code.

If you wish to call abroad from Jeffrey’s Bay, dial 00, followed by the international calling code for the country you are calling, the area code (without the 0) and then the local number.

Post Office
The main post office in Jeffrey’s Bay is located off Da Gama Street at 9 De Reyger Street.

While a service charge tends to be included in restaurant bills, it is still customary to leave a tip if the service was good. This tip usually amounts to 10%. Café employees, taxi drivers and tour guides should also receive a small tip.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In South Africa they are New Years Day (January 1st), Human Rights Day (March 21st), Good Friday and Easter Monday (March/April), Freedom Day (April 27th), Workers Day (May 1st), Youth Day (June 16th), National Women’s Day (August 9th), Heritage Day (September 24th), Day of Reconciliation (December 16th), Christmas Day (December 25th) and Day of Goodwill (December 26th).

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