Jongensfontein derives its name from a natural spring. The earliest mention of Jongensfontein is a land deed from 1762. The formal development of Jongensfontein as a town, was granted in 1968. The town has since increased in popularity, due to it’s amazing beaches, sea life, oceanic views, fishing and surfing opportunities, as well as the ever-popular whale watching season (July-November).
Jongensfontein has about 355 permanent residents.
There are two grocery stores and one restaurant in town. (Stilbaai, a mere 10km’s drive, hosts an array of restaurants, gift shops, convenience stores etc.)
The weather is ideal for holiday making, with moderate temperatures and beautiful, sunny days – even during winter. Jongensfontein has a moderate climate and fresh, unpolluted air. The area receives rain almost equally in all four seasons, with peaks during autumn and spring. Temperatures fluctuate between 20°C-28ºC on average in summer and between 12ºC-20 ºC on average in winter. Rainfall averages around 639.2mm per annum.
Jongensfontein and surrounds lend itself to endless opportunities for nature lovers.
A visit to the Blombos Nature Reserve and Blombos Cave, a provincial heritage site, is any historian’s dream. The cave contains Middle Stone Age deposits, (700,000-10,000 years before the present), as well as Late Stone Age sequences (2000-3000 years before). Ongoing excavations have revealed much of what we currently know about early human settlements.
There are interesting, ancient fish traps, scattered across the coastline. Early cave dwellers used these fish traps for fishing purposes and they are still visible during low tide.
Jongensfontein has a natural tidal pool that fills up during high tide.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a game of tennis, or a round of golf at the local club.
Jongensfontein has a walking trail all along the beachfront, with benches situated strategically at lookout points along the coastline – the perfect way to start or end your day.