Situated 108 kms west of Port Elizabeth in the quaint village of Cape St Francis lies the Cape St Francis Resort and the luxurious beach villas Beach Break. Privately owned and family run you can choose accommodation ranging from luxury beach villas set on the edge of the dunes where you have choice of a sea or garden facing room or the entire villa .With a private swimming pool and direct beach access the villas are your ideal choice when looking for a beach destination. Travelling as a family try the cottages a mere 300 metres from the beach. Club Break rooms,( the more hotel room option )are set around a communal swimming pool. Facilities at the Resort include Joe Fish Restaurant, Full Stop Cafe, a Health and Beauty Studio as well as a convenience shop.
The area is rich in activities such as walking and hiking, golf, surfing, cultural excursions, whale and dolphin trips , visits to the lighthouse , canal and river cruises to
name but a few. Any of these can be booked through the front desk at Resort Adventures.
Beautiful vistas dominate this room.The generous bathroom is fitted with a free standing bath, enormous walk-in shower and twin basins. A king size bed and sunny reading alcove complete the inviting atmosphere.
Each cottage offers off street parking with enclosed garden .Inside is spacious open plan kitchen and living area.The sliding door in the living room leads to a shaded patio.Downstairs are the first double bedroom with en suite bathroom and shower as well as a twin room with two single beds.A separate full bathroom is located downstairs.Upstairs lies the third bedroom with a double bed complete with an en-suite , as well as twin room with en-suites.Cottage is 200 Metres from beach.
Each cottage is walking distance from the beach.Spacious open plan kitchen , lounge and dining area.Sliding door in living room leads to a shaded patio with a private garden and braai. 3 bathrooms. 2 double rooms and 1 twin bedroom.No sea view.All meals, including breakfast, available at our Joe Fish Restaurant.
This 4 bedroom villa brings a slight avant-garde touch to seaside living as warm wooding furnishings stand out beautifully against modern kitchens and other contemporary touches such as brightly painted feature walls and wooden balustrades. The gardens exhibit their own swimming pool, braai and sheltered outdoor dining areas, easily melded with indoors simply by opening the broad sliding windows. Indigenous hedges surrounding the gardens and provide a natural barrier against wind. Those not fearsome of heights can climb the exterior ladder to a viewing deck on each roof. Twin rooms are located in the first floor of the villas while double rooms offer panoramic sea views from the top story. In addition there are two single garages and a guest bathroom located in the entrance hall.
Relax with garden views from these twin or double bed rooms. Some rooms are fitted with a shower and single basin while others have a separate toilet and basin on one side of the room with the adjacent side boasting a spacious wet room fitted with a shower, basin and airy window permitting natural light to stream though.
Hotel styled, but with a more personal feel, these units feature queen beds and twins with a small kitchenette nook equipped with a microwave and bar fridge only and spacious bathrooms with showers large enough for two. Guests can choose between upstairs and downstairs apartments and the front units share a communal deck.
Two blocks each offer 6 two bedroom superior apartments in front of a grassed area and stand adjacent to Joe Fish. Guests have a choice of ground or first floor options with the downstairs apartments having enclosed and private outdoor areas and upstairs offering lovely sunny and partially sheltered decks. In addition the ground floor corner apartments of each block provide for the sole use of a secluded and enclosed courtyard area that is equipped with braai facilities and a great spot for energetic little ones to run around in safety.
All the generous bedrooms in these apartments have their own doors leading outside and are en-suite, each with spacious showers and some with shower and separate bath. The bedrooms lead into the roomy lounge/dining area where you will find a compact yet generous kitchen kitted out with all the necessary bits and pieces. Each unit is furnished with a double bed in one room and two twin beds in the other.
Well positioned to take advantage of sunny days. These apartments are great for families or even two couples who are holidaying together.
Each cottage is within walking distance from the Cape St Francis beach.Inside is an open plan lounge , dining and kitchen area complete with modern appliances.The sliding door in the living room leads to a shaded patio with private garden.The cottage offers two bedrooms, with two bathrooms.A double room has an en -suite bathroom and the twin room with single beds has a private bathroom.
Beautifully appointed and just a hop and a skip from the exquisite, never crowded, Cape St Francis beach, the Cape St Francis Resort’s “ Village Break” Villas offer stylish holiday living in 3-bedroom villas. The open plan design of the living areas make for a perfect family holiday with a lounge area with comfy couches and flat screen television.
All villas have similar layouts with an expansive lounge dining and kitchen area leading onto a compact garden, each with their own private plunge pool. Two of the upstairs bedrooms have Queen beds with en-suite bathrooms with shower and the main bedroom has an open plan en-suite bathroom with shower and bath. A twin room has en suite with shower only. All villas have single garages with automatic doors.
Panoramic view of the ocean, king size bed with full en suite bathroom.Price quoted includes breakfast which is served in the open plan dining room and lounge which overlooks the bay of Cape St Francis It is also now possible to have a basket breakfast delivered to your room.Each guest house has it's own swimming pool.
Set on the dunes with direct beach access this villa has 4 bedrooms of which 2 are sea facing. With open plan dining room and lounge area. A plunge pool in a sheltered garden .Breakfast must be added on as the price quoted is per villa. Two lock up garages for safe parking. Wi fi access as well as flat screen televisions . Not wheelchair friendly. Baby cot available by prior arrangement.
Family cottages 250 m from beach access. Open plan living and dinning area with fully equipped self catering kitchen. 3 bathrooms. 2 double rooms and 1 twin. No sea view.All meals, including breakfast, available at our Joe Fish Restuarant.
This four bed roomed garden cottage is approximately 250 metres from the ocean.Ideal for a family or group of friends travelling together with two double rooms and two twin rooms.Two of the bathrooms are en suite whilst the third is shared.
Downstairs is the living are with an open plan lounge , dining room and well equipped kitchen .
There is a television with selected DSTV channels , something for the little ones, for the sports fans and for the movie lover.A garden area is ideal for family travel.
Open plan double room with seating area, kitchenette and bathroom with shower only.Rooms can be a double or twin with 2 single beds
Spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area complete with all modern appliances you'd expect from a property of this standard including your very own bar and mini fridge. Downstairs you'll also find a twin room with en-suite shower and toilet. Sliding doors from the lounge leads to a garden, decked area complete with built in braai, sun loungers and your very own private swimming pool.
Upstairs you'll find 3 Queen size bedrooms, 2 have ensuite shower and toilet and the third has a full en-suite bathroom. All the upstairs bedrooms have small private balconies. Leading from one of the bedrooms is an outdoor wooden staircase that takes you to the private roof terrace offering views across Cape St Francis.
The property consists of the following: 1 Queen size bedroom with full en-suite bathroom, 1 Queen size bedroom with full ensuite bathroom, 1 twin room with en-suite shower and toilet, open plan living/dining/kitchen area, enclosed private garden front and back, private single garage, deck with built in braai, swimming pool, roof terrace.
On entering you will find a spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area with modern appliances. Sliding doors from the lounge leads to an enclosed garden, decked area complete with built-in braai and small pool.. There is also a garage.
Upstairs you'll find a spacious Queen bedroom with ensuite shower and bath plus a separate toilet. Sliding doors lead you to a large balcony. There is also a double room with ensuite shower, sink and toilet. This room also has sliding doors leading to the large balcony. The final room is a twin room featuring two single beds and ensuite shower, toilet and sink.
The property consists of the following: 1 Queen bedroom with full ensuite, 1 double bedroom with shower, sink and toilet, 1 twin room with shower, sink and toilet, open plan living/dining/bar/kitchen area, enclosed private garden with deck and braai and pool.Situated approx 1 minute walk from the pristine beach of Cape St Francis.
24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Eco Friendly, Gym (nearby), Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Cooking Equipment, Cooking Facilities, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service
Experience the beautiful St Francis Bay Canals and Kromme River on a luxury 12 seater barge which is designed and licensed to carry up to 12 passengers on the waterways of not only the canals but also the Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.
River Break activities are tailored to suit the needs of the individual or group with trips ranging from a 1 hour cruise around the canal systems to a full day excursion up the Kromme River. This river system forms part of a conservancy and is a haven for birds and animals. On leaving the Kromme River your journey will take you along the picturesque waters of the Geelhout River until your final destination... your very own private farm.
On arrival at the farm known as the 'Bat and the Boerboon' you have the rest of the day to relax at the pool, paddle the still waters in a canoe, or take a SUP, stroll through the fynbos thickets or simply sit and chill as your lunch is prepared.
Enjoy starters followed by a full, traditional South African braai (barbeque) and a sumptuous dessert to end this awesome meal. At your leisure, board the barge for another relaxing cruise back toward St Francis.
For the full day river and farm adventure a minimum of 6 people is required.
Clothing, Classrooms and Culture all in one day.For the last 4 years the Cape St Francis Resort has been taking guests on a wonderful tour of local community projects and businesses. These insightful excursions offer participants the opportunity to meet everyone involved and really get to know the what, who and why's of each individual business and the people involved.
Interact with local kids at a children's school at Talhado Montessori School which was started to address the needs of disadvantaged children in the area of St Francis Bay. Pre -primary education and a safe place to play, under adult care, were needed. Through 'Betty's Tour' you will meet these wonderful children and the teachers who care for them.
Meet some talented locals and maybe buy a garment or two - Although Nomvulas is still a small business it has developed a strong client base which keeps the pace of work consistent and provides a sustainable income for the staff.You will be given a personal tour by one of the knitters . The products produced are simply stunning and you will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of clothing and accessories.
Experience the area with a 4 day/3night 'Chokka Trail'
Three picturesque fishing villages, a rugged coastline, sand dunes as far as the eye can see, a tidal river, protected fynbos, wetlands and a visit to South Africa’s only privately owned working harbour. These are the ingredients that make up the Chokka Trail, a slack packing trail between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. This is the best possible opportunity to see and experience just how beautiful the area is – on foot, at your own pace and with overnight accommodation at guesthouses and a resort.
Hikers meet for the four day/three night route at the Cape St Francis Resort, where you can leave your vehicle in a secure parking area for the duration of the hike. You will then be transported to Oyster Bay, a holiday village 20km to the west, and start your Chokka Trail experience with a warm-up walk to Thysbaai, an out-and-back of up to 14km – or whatever distance takes your fancy.
Oyster Bay is a hidden treasure, with one of the most unspoilt beaches in South Africa. It is hard to find a more relaxing view than the one from your overnight stop, Oyster Bay Beach Lodge.
Day two is when the trail starts in earnest, walking the length of the Sand River to St Francis Bay. The Sand River is a dune bypass system, a highway of non-stop rolling sand dunes. There is very little chance of interaction with people other than those in your group for the duration of the hike, while you enjoy a wonderful outlook to the Baviaanskloof Mountains away to the north.
At almost 17km, this is the longest section of the trail. The extent of the challenge will depend on weather conditions on the day, but it remains a privilege to enjoy the white washed dunes, leaving only your footprints behind. You will be picked up at the famous Sand River bridge (the one which made headlines when it washed away!) and taken to your overnight stop for the second night, Brisan B&B on the Canals.
You will enjoy a cruise on the famous St Francis canals, and if you have any energy left, you can have a swim or paddle a canoe on the water before your well-earned sundowners and dinner.
Day three starts at Mostertshoek, on the Wild Side east of Cape St Francis. The hike takes you through parts of the Coastal Cradle of Humankind, along the shoreline of Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay, through a variety of fynbos and giving you a chance to see Southern Right whales, dolphins, otters and small game like duiker and bushbuck. A visit to the SANCCOB Seabird and African Penguin Rehabilitation Centre at the Seal Point Lighthouse is included, they will be expecting you for an informative talk. You will then proceed via the Cape St Francis Beach and Shark Point towards Port St Francis.
The highlight of the day is a local wine and calamari tasting (chokka) at Port St Francis, the only privately owned working harbour in South Africa, where you can also visit a working chokka boat (if available). You will be transported to the Cape St Francis Resort where you will have dinner at the award winning Joe Fish Restaurant and stay in one of the chalets.
Day four finishes the trail with an up to 12km walk through the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve and Seal Point Reserve in Cape St Francis before you leave in your own vehicle for lunch at the St Francis Links, a world class Jack Nicklaus golf estate. The network of trails awaits you in the coastal thicket and forest, alive with birds and animals. Caracal and bushbuck, bush pig and porcupine, mongoose and genet abound – will you be lucky enough to see them?
The Chokka Trail is fully catered and includes bed and breakfast, packed lunches, dinner at the various accommodation establishments as well as the canal cruise and calamari tasting. You only pay for your own drinks. Luggage is transported between stops, while you carry only a day pack – make sure you add enough water according to your own needs.
You have the opportunity to see blue duiker and otters, exquisite tiny indigenous flowers, Oyster Bay’s ancient fish traps, shell middens and hidden pools between the dunes. There is a fresh surprise round every corner. And beauty at every step of the trail’s 56km.
This wonderful experience can be booked through The Cape St Francis Resort reception.
Just 1 hours drive from Cape St Francis lies approximately 270 000 ha. of unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain known as The Baviaanskloof.
The nature reserves breath-taking scenery includes sights of deep gorges, twisting streams and rivers and towering mountain cliffs. Open plateau and valleys are scattered throughout the area resulting in truly magnificent and varied scenic vistas. The highest point in the mountain ranges is the Cockscomb in the Groot Winterhoek range that rises to a height of 1 758 meters above sea level.
We highly recommend a visit to the Baviaanskloof and all it has to offer and now you can do it style:
Leaving in our fully air conditioned people carrier we will take you on a stunning journey through the citrus valley of Patensie.You’ll then continue your journey along a breathtaking mountain road with scenery you'll never forget to Poortjies. Various walks are available with incredible view points to really take in the true beauty of The Baviaanskloof.
Your lunch time stop will be the majestic setting of Rooihoek, deep within the Baviaans mountains. With a clean crisp river, perfect for swimming, and pristine white sands Rooihoek is the perfect location to rest and refuel.On your return you’ll also visit a typical farm stall called Padlangs where teas and coffees will be served.
Bunkers, lakes, long drives and beautifully tendered greens draw golfers to the area year after year!
Famously known for it's surfing, The St Francis Bay area also offers 2 outstanding, and very different, golf courses.
Firstly there is 'The St Francis Bay Golf Club' situated within the heart of the picturesque village of St Francis. This full 18 hole course offers challenging holes for all levels, from short lake holes to long driver par 5s. The 19th hole or club house offers a wide variety of snacks, meals and drinks with stunning views across the course. Sit back and watch as the golfers finish their round on the 18th.
The popularity of 'The St Francis Bay Golf Course' and the “Calamari Classic” (a three-day tournament run in September each year) in particular has been evident when one looks at the list of players frequenting the Club. This list is made up of resident members as well as up-country members and visitors who travel from all over the country and abroad to come and play at 'The St Francis Bay GC'
'St Francis Links' , the second course in St Francis Bay, may not have been grazing land for sheep and rabbits, but a natural course between the beach and arable land it is. Jack Nicklaus has had the pleasure of taking Mother Nature’s best piece of links land and signed his name to something unique. 'St Francis Links' challenges all who play it and rewards those who respect it.
Experience the natural beauty of Cape St Francis and the surrounding area via stunning reserve and coastal walks
Cape St Francis is home to no less than four beautiful nature reserves, Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, Seal Point Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve and Irma Booysen Flora Reserve.
These reserves offer a wide variety of walks suitable for all levels of fitness and experience. These walks, hikes and trails take you through natural coastal lands filled with indigenous plant and wild life.
What is so special about these areas?
South Africa is extraordinarily rich in plant and animal life and scientists have classified the different kinds of vegetation across the land. The southwestern Cape region is especially blessed in plant species, so much so that it is recognized as one of only six Plant or Floral Kingdoms in the world. Known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, it extends roughly from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town and inland, covering about 90,000 km2 and is home to 9,000 plant species, 70% of which grow nowhere else in the world (i.e. endemic to the Cape).
These plants are not scattered randomly across the landscape. Instead, from one hill to the next, different plant species grow together in their own communities. This means that the entire region is divided into these vegetation types, comprising plant species that grow in their particular area and nowhere else.
Our local vegetation type is the St Francis Fynbos/Thicket Mosaic and only grows on the lime-rich coastal sandy sites scattered between Tsitisikamma in the west and Port Elizabeth in the east. The conditions under which this vegetation type can grow is a relatively small area comprising 0.2% of the Cape region. Botanists from all over the world have visited the area discovering new species of plant life that are only found in this area.
Keep those eyes peeled for wild life
Look out for bushbuck, grysbok, common duiker, bushpig, porcupine, vervet monkey, caracal, yellow and grey mongoose and otters. You can sometimes see the rare African black oystercatcher and occasionally an endangered Jackass penguin. Bottlenose and common dolphins are often seen offshore and, from August to December, southern right whales may be spotted.
There are many other activities on offer such as whale and dolphin excursions, surf lessons with video, a hit with children, bicycles for hire , bird watching, canal and river cruises, kite surfing , horse riding , deep sea fishing out of Port St Francis on Fiona M.
All bookable through Resort Adventures.
Whether you are a foodie , interested in sea creatures or our local community the unique Calamari Tasting is a must on any itinerary.
Port St Francis is the only privately owned working harbour in South Africa and home to the
squid ( ink fish ) industry. Over 60 freezing vessels come and go for 8 months of the year, leaving for up to 21 days with crews of between 14 and 26 to find what is known locally as Chokka.
So combine a beach walk or Betty’s Tour with a calamari tasting where you can hear about the sustainability of the industry , the method of catching and showing guests the raw product and then the tasting itself, freshly prepared. It showcases not only the difference between the local and imported calamari but also the elements of the fish.
A must do, a unique once off opportunity to taste the best local calamari our country has to offer to appreciate why it is called “white gold”.
Whether it's a quick snack before hitting the beach or a full 3 course fine dining experience, the award winning pool side Joe Fish restaurant and bar is the perfect place to sit back, unwind and enjoy the extensive food menu and wine list.
Situated around the inviting swimming pool, Joe Fish restaurant and bar at Cape St Francis Resort offers seating for up to 110 guests. Diners can expect to choose from an array of tempting dishes such as the famous calamari (which has won awards), marinated ribs, perfectly cooked fillet steak, Joe's Hake and chips, and for the very hungry why not try the tasty crispy eisbein?
If you're after a snack Joe's snack baskets are the perfect option offering calamari, ribs and hake bites all accompanied with chips.The impressive wine list offers reds, whites, rose and champagne to suit all budgets. A great choice is Joe's own wine (which has also won awards).
Whether you want to eat in the restaurant, pub or by the pool (there is free live entertainment every Sunday), Joe Fish is an excellent, child friendly environment to relax, chat and enjoy some great food and wine. Joe’s bar with it’s cosy, relaxing environment and roaring log fire offers 2 flat screen televisions making it the perfect place to watch all the latest sport!
There’s a new spot in town and its creating waves for locals and guests alike
Freshly ground coffee is our speciality
The latest addition to Joe Fish is 'The Coffee Shack'. With comfy sofas, warm wooden surrounds and over looking the swimming pool, The Coffee Shack offers a wide selection of coffees, teas, home bakes and light meals. Using 100% Arabica beans, the trained baristas create the perfect coffees including favourites such as Americano, Cappuchino and Macciato. The reason for using this particluar type of coffee bean is that is an African fair trade venture ensuring all people involved are paid fairly.
For the non coffee drinker, a great selection of flavoured teas to choose from are available, and why not treat yourself to a slice of home made cake to go with it!
Just across the road from the Cape St Francis Resort in Da Gama Road this new, fresh Restaurant and Bar is ready to cater to all… An all new menu of gourmet burgers and pizzas, fresh salads and weekly board specials ensures that your taste buds continue to tingle. To keep the young ones entertained we’ve added a fountain block, a Wendy house full of fun and a Jumping Castle. For the adults we have a cocktail sundowner deck, beer on tap and a selection of Gins. While walking the garden make sure to visit the Plant Market and take home a little indigenous plant or two for your own garden. It’s all happening at Full Stop Café, so come get stuck with us…