Cape St Francis Adventures
Last Updated: June 2016
Contact Anita Lennox
- Longitude: 24.832413
- Latitude: -34.198868
- Sea & River Cruises
- Horse Riding
- Activity Lists
- Hiking Trails
About Cape St Francis Adventures
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN AND AROUND CAPE ST FRANCIS RESORT
1. Nature Breaks - walks, guided or not - so just to refresh we have approximately 8 to 10 walks that guests can do on their own, these range from soft to comfortable and include amongst others Shark Point, Blow Hole, Seal Bay Nature Reserve, Irma Booysen coastal fynbos reserve - now with information sheet of species and a little about them .Very popular and its' entrance is just outside the Resort.
We can guide some of these as per the attachment - there is of course the financial add on but is great value for money and unlike golf very little spoils a good walk .All the popular ones are attached hereto.
2. Golf Breaks - with 2 well maintained courses within 10 kms of our location we can offer St Francis Links recently rated as the number 9 golf course in South Africa where green fees with shared cart can set you back at R650 per person. Halfway house is not heavily priced and the view over the bay is stunning. A well-equipped pro shop should take care of any golfing needs that guests may have. Clubs are for hire. The Links is challenging as you can get pommeled by the wind so is not recommended for beginner golfers.
At St Francis Bay Golf Course - links style golf and easier rough the game may be more enjoyable and the price a tad lighter at R280 per person. You do not really require a cart as the course is easily walked but these are available.
We do have several golf groups from abroad and they almost always opt for St Francis Links. The choice though is there and all guests with handicaps are invited to join in the afternoons competition on certain given days ie. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
3. River Breaks - Many options here. The tranquil waters of the Kromme River Estuary, tidal and navigable for approximately 14 kilometers. The river, winding from the Elandsjacht Dam to the sea, has created a haven for birds and animals and a playground for humans. The fishing is good and the river is a favored venue for all forms of aquatic activity. Taking advantage of these natural assets, River Break Adventures offers a variety of recreational activities tailored to suit the client's needs. Based in the canal system of St Francis Bay, the luxury barge River Break cruises these canals, Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.
Canal cruise lasting an hour - drinks and snacks can be arranged at an addittional cost. Price per person R 150, children under 1, half price.Minimum number of 3 pax.
Day outing up the Kromme
Transport to the launching area at the canals, take a boat up river to the Geelhout, a tributary of the Kromme. On your way you are likely to spot a variety of buck species as well as the ever present fish eagle. Once at the farm, enjoy a walk through the fynbos, canoe or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the river whilst basking in the sun. Your late afternoon lunch takes the form of a traditional South African braai with all the trimming .Transport is arranged back to the Resort. Rates at R650 per person.
We operate canal cruises lasting an hour but can be beefed up by ordering snack platters - of course we do have a cool box on board for those who wish.
4. Surf Breaks - with Seal Point on our doorstep surfing still rocks. Lessons for beginners are available and includes board and wetsuit hire.
5. Fishing Breaks - There are a few operators that offer deep sea fishing trips ranging from reef fishing to deep sea. Estuary fishing along the banks of the Kromme River with rod, reel and bait.There are also fly fishing options.
Dolphin and Whale watching excursions leaving from Port St Francis.
6. Visit the penguin rehabilitation centre at Seal Point lighthouse - this Centre has certainly grown in stature over the last year with their penguin release success rate climbing to as high as 96 %.Unfortunately the number of stranded sea birds has escalated - upside is that there are more frequent penguin releases ( approximately every 10 days ) so more guests are able to witness this.
There is an entrance fee and all donations are welcome.
The Penguin Pezzase Gift and Curio shop is adjacent to the lighthouse.Here local crafters make all the nik naks - craft shop is open Monday to Saturday.
7. Picnic at sunset rock - watch the sun set. Very popular spot - we pack a picnic basket which includes bottle of wine, rate of R320 for 2 persons includes transport to the beach and return. Alot of our groups did this outing and love it.
8. For Hire - bicycles, tennis rackets, paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, motorized boats. There are no set rates here so depends much on what is available at the time.
9. Shopping - Factory shops in JBay at Billabong and Quicksilver can include a visit to the Surfing Museum which even the non-surfer will enjoy.
10. Whale watching - excursions, departing from Port St Francis.This excursion is seasonal as our whales are here from end of May till virtually the end of November. Minimum number of 4 persons and a rate of R790 per person. Children under the age of 12 attract a reduction of 50%.
11. Activities for children - A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - AN OUTREACH PROGRAMME FOR THE SEAL POINT NATURE RESERVE AT CAPE ST. FRANCIS
A coastal education trail has been developed in a critically endangered ecosystem in the Seal Point Nature Reserve, managed on behalf of the Kouga Municipality by FOSTER (Friends of the St. Francis Nature Areas). The programme is co-funded by FOSTER, the Table Mountain Fund and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.
Reatures: Interpretative facilities (Education signboards and pamphlets) Wetlands and associated fauna, including the Cape clawless otter; Strandveld which has been identified as a Critical Biodiversity Area; A wave-exposed rocky coastline; A penguin rehabilitation and interpretative centre managed by Penguins Eastern Cape; The historic Cape St. Francis lighthouse managed by the National Ports Authority.
Later Stone Age and Khoe-Khoe middens.
To provide biodiversity and conservation-related information to local residents and holidaymakers in the St. Francis area. To maintain integrity of the nature reserve system through fundraising and raising of awareness.
An excursion takes roughly two hours to complete, and involves a walk about two to three kilometers long. It is moderately physically taxing, and can be undertaken by persons of all ages in reasonable physical condition. Donations to FOSTER will be gratefully accepted.
Participants must be prepared to sign an indemnity form and to provide their own refreshments.
12. 0pen Ocean Excursions R 750
This tour offers the participant a fantastic view of the Kouga area from sea and the opportunity to experience boat based viewing of the awesome marine life that graces our coastline. The tour is approximately 2 hours. Tours are informative and educational. Participants are enlightened about the unique oenology and marine Species by our highly experienced guides. Refreshments are served on board during the tour.
13. Betty's Tour
We invite you to share 3 unique and local experiences with us.
Depart from Resort after breakfast. Our first stop is the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre which in broad terms is a very successful conservation project. Here the curator will spend time with guess and tell them about why the African Penguin is on the critical list and also highlight some stats regarding marine conservation. An opportunity to adopt a bird and name it. There is no entrance fee and donations are always welcome.
From there we proceed to the Talhado Children's Haven which originally started off as a haven for street children .It has now grown into a formal pre-school and also serves as the social hub for the school going children of our local community. We have the chance to interact with the children and may even enjoy their break time with them.
From here we proceed to Nomvula's knitters, a craft shop where the ladies and 1 gentleman knit the most beautiful garments, scarves, coats and in fact any type of clothing apparel. By simply purchasing a Nomvula product you will be helping the local community support their families through job creation, training, education and health.
From here we go to Port St Francis, the calamari capital where guests can enjoy lunch for their own account.
Total cost R200 per person.
14. Chokka Trail - A slack packing trail with a difference!
Enjoy four days of stunning coastline, sand dunes, tidal reserves and wetlands.
Experience nature on foot, at your own pace and with overnight accommodation in beautiful guest houses. You only carry a lunch pack whilst your luggage is transported to your next overnight stay. This 56km trail includes a canal cruise, a visit to a working chokka boat and a penguin rehabilitation centre as well as a calamari tasting.
15. Horse Riding
Experienced guides escort riders twice daily along the 13km circular route. The trail takes about two hours to complete, leading through beautiful fynbos coastal vegetation, towards the Gamtoos River with breathtaking views from the dunes and finally returning along a 6km stretch of deserted beach. Here on this isolated beach, riders can canter their mounts in the shallows or have an exhilarating gallop on the sand.
The trail provides magnificent views of the area and affords ample opportunity to spot a variety of bird species, tortoise, bushbuck, plant and marine life. Imagine whale watching from horseback!