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The secret is out! Jongensfontein is one of only a few places still largely unaffected by progress and now is the time to visit. With a single road entry, this tiny resort village in the Western Cape of South Africa is remote enough to fully appreciate an unhurried vacation, free of distractions and surrounded by natural vegetation and white, sandy beaches. Even Google Maps street views do not extend into the village.
The area was named by Dutch sailors in the early 1700s after discovering young Khoi men gathered around a natural spring. The area was referred to as Swarte Jongens Fonteyn (black youth fountain) and later shortened to Jongensfontein. Up until 1951, the only access to Jongensfontein was via a pont over the Goukou River.
Jongensfontein is located on the Garden Route, one of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations.
In some ways, time has stood still in Jongensfontein. Here, good neighbourliness is evident and... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.