St Francis Bay
St Francis Bay, Port St Francis
Unspoiled beaches, a rugged coastline, a river linked to a unique canal system and nature areas with numerous footpaths through unique fynbos species all await holiday makers from around the world in St Francis Bay, one of the Kouga Region’s hidden treasures.
The tranquil village of St Francis Bay boasts unique building styles, where thatch- or slate-roofed and white walled homes surround the canals and just down the road a Mediterranean building style fills the ridges of Santareme.
The Kromme River can be navigated for 10km by leisure boat or canoe, whilst the extensive canal system offers residents and holiday makers an exotic marina lifestyle. Fish from your front lawn, enjoy a daily sight seeing around the canals or simply relax and finish your day with a sunset cruise.
Nature lovers and sportsmen alike have plenty to choose from. Over 50 different sports can be enjoyed – from surfing and fishing, tennis and squash, kite boarding, wind surfing and paddling to trail running and mountain biking, plus who can resist two world class golf courses.
The privately owned Port St Francis has a unique charm where a fleet of squid (chokka), hake and pilchard vessels berth on one side of the harbour and deep sea fishing boats and yachts are moored safely between luxurious residential units on the water’s edge. A visit to the Port would not be complete without a tour of the port and a tasting of local calamari or a whale watching trip and bay cruise.
Cape St Francis
This has the most beautifully pristine beach. A symmetrical curving stretch of beach of gleaming sand in the lee of rolling dunes. The beach leads your eyes to the lighthouse, built in 1878, which warns ships of the dangerous reefs that stretch more then a kilometre out to sea. Viewed from the sky, the lighthouse stands on a promontory with thundering waves splashing white foam ribbons on the huge coastal boulders. It is also home to a rehabilitation centre for the African Penguin, situated next to the lighthouse. The waves offer some of the finest surfing in the world.
With 34 well appointed cottages, Cape St Francis Resort features a superb seafood restaurant, swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts and a cosy fireside pub to relax in. The conference centre caters for a variety of functions both corporate and leisure.
Fifteen kilometres west of Cape St Francis lies Oyster Bay, a hamlet jealously nurtured by the inhabitants. It is possible to walk the rugged coast line to Oyster Bay and to arrive at the most welcoming beach where the only foot prints may be yours, a beach as far as the eye can see alongside moving sand dunes too high to conquer. Enjoy a beach horse ride or try and find the ancient Koisan fish traps only visible during low tide.