Welcome to Surf & Safari
Kouga Baviaans Surf & Safari Country features Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis HAnkey, Patensie, Baviaanskloof and Humansdorp and is the southern gateway into the Baviaanskloof Mega Wilderness Reserve. A guided tour or even a self drive tour into the Baviaans will offer you the opportunity to experience the magic of long forgotten cultures, spectacular scenery and a real touch of wilderness.
Kouga Baviaans Surf & Safari Country is a unique meeting ground of natural phenomena and human cultures, a place that retains a feeling of undeveloped natural beauty and great tranquility combined with access to all modern conveniences.
Alternating between sweeping sand dunes, river mouths, rocky and wide-open beaches, the coastline is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Among them, surfers ride the perfect waves, anglers reel in king-size catches, families bask in the sun, kids are finding “Nemo” in the multitude of rock pools and board sailors revel in the challenge of the wind.
The summers are warm with a very temperate humidity level. Winters are mild and pleasant, and it is significant that water sports are practiced year-round. During the winter period, establishments offer you unbelievable value for money with great discounts on accommodation and activities.
Jeffrey’s Bay, or J-Bay as it is popularly referred to, is known as the soul of surfing in South Africa, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy what are arguably the best right-hand point waves on the face of the planet.
Because most of the big surf brands have factory shops in the town, the town offers excellent shopping opportunities for surf and leisure ware.
The town is also famous for the great selection of shells that can be found on the beaches.
Whether you are looking for hippy beads, granny’s false teeth, baby toe’s, carrots or screws, J-Bay’s beaches provide you with the best opportunity to discover an amazing variety of shells – collect them and enjoy the colloquial names and figurines that the shell craft ladies come up with. The Shell Museum houses an impressive and beautiful collection of local shells, as well as shells from other countries.
The picturesque holiday town of St. Francis Bay, where whitewash and thatch rub shoulders with Sardinian style red-tile roofs, lies among beautiful green clad dunes. Approximately half of the town is constructed around the largest man made web of canals and waterways in Africa.
The Kromme River, noted for the wild flowers growing along its banks, winds its way to the ocean and provides a paradise for anglers, canoeists, windsurfers and boaters. The 18-hole golf course provides you with the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely game of golf in a relaxed atmosphere.
Adjacent to St. Francis Bay is the more rustic village of Cape St. Francis with its beautiful beach and historic lighthouse. A nature lover could lose himself in the natural beauty of the area with good hiking trails and mountain bike trails in the nature reserves, among the dune river system or along the vast white beaches. For a real old style family holiday filled with memory makers and lots of sun filled fun – Cape St. Francis is definitely the spot to visit.
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Dolphin View B&B
Dolphin View Jeffreys Bay offer two accommodation options in Jeffrey's Bay. Dolphin View Guesthouse located in tranquil Nature Reserve offering Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering options and Dolphin View Backpackers Lodge located a stones throw from the beach and town center.
Cape St Francis Resort
Set behind the dunes of the Cape St Francis Resort provides various accommodation options such as backpacker double en suite rooms, up market Cape Dutch style cottages and affordable one apartment style rooms either on a self catering or bed and breakfast basis. An on site Restuarant Joe Fish is open every day.
We are ideally situated to all the activities that the Eastern Cape has to offer.
Guests enjoy spectacular, panoramic views of the beach and ocean from their bedroom accommodation, private balconies, the lounges, the dining area and the pool terrace.
Dune Ridge Country House
Set in an extraordinary location on the outskirts of the picturesque village of St Francis Bay lies Dune Ridge Country House a family run estate that epitomizes tranquillity and charm. Surrounded by rich coastal fynbos, an abundance of birdlife and large gardens, this country house typifies comfort and charm without compromising service or attention to detail.
Thunzi Bush Lodge - Colleen Glen
Thunzi Bush Lodge is located in the tranquil sanctuary of coastal forest and African bush and offers country style self-catering accommodation 30 km from the centre of Port Elizabeth, at the start of the Garden Route.
Sandals is one of the top guest houses in picturesque St Francis Bay. The ambience of this boutique guesthouse is a blend of superb hospitality, cuisine and service. Our palm-fringed thatched house is decorated in a tropical-African flavour.
Quarri Safaris offer Guided Tours or Guided Self-Drive Tours into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, Gamtoos Valley and a Karoo farm. Tours are adjusted to meet your requirements.
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