A rugged, rocky coastline with small, sandy bays tucked in between make the landscape of Jacobsbaai both picturesque and unique.
Originally founded as a small town on the farmland registered as 109 Jacobsbaai, the beautiful, isolated area boasts a sea frontage of 2km which has 7 different bays and the coastal fynbos supports a variety of wildlife including jackal, duiker, steenbok and tortoise.
Jacobsbaai’s name is said to have evolved from the Frenchman Jacques Titius. He was a colonial trader in the West Coast. Tietiesbaai is also named after him and Jacobsbaai has a street called Titius. Another explanation for the name is that the English king entrusted the piece of land to a local known as ‘Jacob.’
Often referred to by locals as ‘Namaqualand by the sea’ its wildflowers are breathtakingly beautiful in spring, which make it the perfect time of year to walk the 17-km hiking trail runs between Swartrietbaai and Tietiesbaai.
The natural fynbos surrounding Jacobsbaai supports a variety of wildlife. Birding is popular here too – for buzzards, kites and eagles, while southern right whales and dolphins can often be spotted along the coast.
Enjoy seafood prepared by locals at Weskusplek: Positioned on the high-tide mark, the 80-seater restaurant offers its guests marvelous views of Jacobsbaai. The menu is designed to accentuate the hidden treasures of the West Coast in a perfect blend of home-cooking and the finest of gourmet cuisine. Open Monday to Saturday: 08:30 – 21:00 Sunday: 08:30 – 15:00 1 Beach Road, Jacobsbaai Tel: 022-715-3333
Jacobsbaai’s seven individual bays are Kwaaibaai, Jacobsbaai, Smalbaai and Moerie se baai which are great for launching boats from and Bamboesbaai and Toothrock are used for diving, fishing and cray-fishing. Kwaaibaai is popular amongst surfers, while Toothrock and Bamboesbaai are renowned for diving, fishing and crayfishing. Smalbaai is where you will find Oystercatchers and cormorants sunning on the rocks and Mauritzbaai can be awash with hundreds of terns roosting on the rocks in the shallow waters. The sandy beach of Hospital Bay is ideal for swimming and sunning. The bay’s unusual name is from the 1800s when ships dropped off their sick to be quarantined here before reaching Cape Town.
Distance from Cape Town: 151km
Coordinates: 32° 58’ 8” S 17° 53’ 27” E