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Going green at Shaloha Guesthouse – JBay Accommodation

Magical path in the Noorsekloof, Jeffrey's bay - Jbay Supertubes Accommodation

Here at Shaloha Guesthouse we have a passion for going green, and greening J-bay. Most visitors to Jeffrey’s either flock here to surf or to watch the surfers doing their thing. Few people ever find out that just up the road from the guesthouse is a magical green belt called the Noorsekloof nature reserve.

Here you can hide away from the wind or crowds for a day in fairy land- a forest filled with various bird and wildlife and many tree species found only in this area. Catch a glimpse of a Porcupine, Blue Duiker(one of the smallest antelope in the world!), Tree Dassie or the reclusive Caracal.

Like most pristine places on Earth, the Noorsekloof is under threat from development and needs to be managed more successfully. At Shaloha Guesthouse we have a passion for for what makes our town so beautiful, and the nature reserve is on the top of our list.

We are in the process of developing a partner project to Shaloha called ‘J-bay soul’- a non profit organization to preserve these sensitive habitats and re-green Jeffrey’s bay. We will work closely with Alison of the Supertubes foundation (http://www.savesupertubes.com/enviromental.asp) to preserve the dunes in front of Shaloha, and then move up the hill to the nature reserve to combat plant theft, dogs hunting in the forest and illegal sewerage run-off.

Our dream is a forest in the midst of J-bay suburbia that provides a pristine environment for the small creatures who dwell there (they are, after all, the original locals) as well as clearly-marked hiking trails for visitors to experience this unique J-bay natural wonder.

With the awareness of the community and a little bit of knowledge we can realize this dream in no time at all. Add to this a little rumour we heard just the other day: Stone age tools have been found, by amateur diggers, in and around the reserve. This makes it a very probable future heritage site!

So, next time you are staying at Shaloha Guesthouse or anywhere in Jeffreys bay, drop by and get directions to this ancient and beautiful natural area and experience the magic for yourself.

Beach cruising in J-bay

supertubes jbay accommodation

I was walking back up the beach yesterday after a paddle at Tubes- the sun was going down, some dolphins cruised past, and the water was getting that pink glow that I’ve only seen in Jeffrey’s, and it struck me-There is simply no such thing as an ordinary beach walk in J-bay.

Each time you stroll down onto the sand It’s an inspiration and truly refreshes the soul, which got me to thinking….well…why? What is it about this particular place- the stretch between Shaloha guesthouse at the top of Supertubes to the bottom of Surfers Point that is almost mystical each time you walk it?

Well there’s actually a list of possible reasons.

Lets start with what’s underfoot- an array of thousands of different species of shells rowed up liberally along the beach in tide lines, often so many that it takes a bit of a hop and a skip to avoid crushing them! There are species here found nowhere else, but it’s more the sheer abundance that strikes most people.

People come to Shaloha for the first time and after taking in the amazing views,then they go for a stroll on the beach. Little do they know that a bejewelled wonderland awaits them few feet away.

It’s priceless every time a new guest returns- a childlike gleam in their eyes and hands overflowing with shells, rocks, seaweed and other beach trinkets (we have shell collection baskets for their second walk;)

Anyway, enough about shells, this beach has history. Walking back from the surf one can’t help but think about all the legends that have passed through J-bay and crunched the sand between their toes- John Whitmore (father of South African surfing), Shorty Bronkhorst, Max Wettland, Clive barber, Bruce Gold, Terry Fitzgerald, Larry Levine, Ant(‘the Doc’) Van Den Huewel, Dane Kealoha, Shaun Tomson, Rabbit Bartholomew, Mark Richards, Tom Curren, Occy, Shane Herring, Dave Rastovich, Andy Irons, Kelly Slater and the list just goes on and on.

Each have left new lines on the walls of Supers and their footprints in the sand.

Add to this the ancient history( 180 000 years!) of beach walking as a lifestyle( the ‘strandlopers’) that has existed on this coast for millenia and you get an idea of why this place has such a magic to it……..-R