Welcome to Surf & Safari
Kouga Baviaans Surf & Safari Country features Jeffreys Bay, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Humansdorp, Hankey, Patensie, Baviaanskloof and is the southern gateway into the Baviaanskloof Mega Wilderness Reserve.
Enjoy a day on the beach, explore the coastline, browse through a farm stall, have a meal at a country restaurant, experience the magic of long forgotten cultures, marvel at spectacular scenery or discover a real touch of wilderness on a guided or self drive tour into the Baviaans. All of this is available right here in the Kouga Baviaans Surf and Safari Country.
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.
The Gamtoos River Valley is a vibrant mix of nature, agriculture and cultural influences with plenty to see and explore along this diverse route. Citrus fruit grown in the area is the main form of export and other crops include potatoes, vegetables, tobacco and even avocados.
Hankey was established in 1826 and is the Gamtoos Valley's oldest town. Hankey is the burial place of Sarah Baartman, a Khoi-San woman who was lured to Europe in the early 1800's under false pretenses and spent a tragic and lonely life as an object of display. Even after her death she was kept on display and it was only in 2002 that he remains were brought back to South Africa and laid to rest on Vergaderingskop above the town.
Patensie is the last stop before entering the Baviaanskloof Wilderness area. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain, this little town's activities revolve around the Citrus Industry. It has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's and self-catering establishments, farm stalls, country restaurants and exciting events as well as fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from.
The Baviaanskloof is nestled between the Baviaans Mountain range in the north and the Kouga Mountain Range in the south. This 192 000 ha conservation area have been awarded World Heritage Site status and is home to an amazing diversity of habitat types and species from Forest yellowwoods to karoo bossies, thicket spekboom to fynbos proteas. The Kloof is a nature lover's paradise and numerous campsites and lodges, hiking and 4x4 trails are a must-see and keep a look-out for the San Art which adorns the pristine cliffs.