Jongensfontein is a small coastal community situated along the Garden Route. Everyone seems to visit its bigger neighbour, Stilbaai, and so Jongensfontein remains a hidden gem and is perfect for those wanting to get away and experience peace and quiet.
With pristine beaches, a natural tidal swimming pool and coastal walking paths, it’s really a fantastic seaside destination. Not too long ago my family and I stayed at a lovely self catering accommodation called Op Eie Houtjie. The interior is fuss-free with an easy going style and nautical touches. It has three bedrooms, an open-plan living/ kitchen area and a deck for braais and lounging. You just can’t beat the the views…
You’ll need to venture into Stilbaai to do your shopping and to stock up on supplies. I recommend a visit to the Inverroche Distillery for a superb gin tasting and brekkie or lunch at The Press Room Café. If you have kids then a visit to the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau to see the feeding of the eels is an absolute must. These indigenous fresh-water eels have been living in this pond, which is fed by a natural fountain, for generations. You’ll get to hear about their fascinating lifecycle and take part in the feeding which happens daily at 11am. Afterwards take a scenic walk down to the river mouth.
All photography: Lana Kenney ©