Cape St Francis
Cape St Francis is a little village on the Eastern Cape coastline, known for being one of the best surfing destinations in the world. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its white, sandy beaches, nature reserves, and variety of attractions such as the Seal Point Lighthouse and the Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. Scroll down and browse our excellent range of accommodations in Cape St Francis.
Cape St Francis is most famous for its stretch of golden beaches that offer an array of water activities for the young and old. The wide beaches amble from Seal Point to Shark Point, and feature a sheltered pool called Johnson’s pool for the kids to splash about in safely. Cape St Francis is known to have the longest hours of sunshine on South Africa’s coast, and the temperate climate ensures that many days can be spent lazing about on the beach. The Cape St Francis coastline is a favourite for surfing, canoeing, hiking, and abseiling, and is host to the historic Seal Point lighthouse which has stood sentry over the rocky shores since the 1800s.
The town of Cape St Francis is home to many nature reserves that entice eco-lovers from far and wide. Visit the Irma Booyson Flora Reserve which features many diverse species of flowers and plants. The Blowhole Hike meanders through the reserve, along a coastal footpath and onto a sandy beach. Here you can visit the shipwrecked remains of The Osprey, with large shell deposits still intact. Stroll a further 200m and you’ll reach the Blowhole. The water erupts here through the rocks at different heights depending on the tide and the size of the swell. Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, which lies between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay, covers 120 hectares with a 3km coastline featuring beautiful coastal sand dunes, fynbos, and dune thickets.
Visiting the Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre while you're in Cape St Francis is a must. The centre aims to mitigate the human impact on marine birds and mammals through emergency response and rescue, rehabilitation, research, and education. Other activities you can do in Cape St Francis include bird watching, sunset cruises along the Kromme River, big game fishing, lawn bowls at the bowl club, jet-skiing, sand boarding, and sea kayaking. Snorkelling, surfing, water-skiing, whale watching, and sailing are also popular favourites. Bottle Nosed Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, and Cape Fur Seals are often spotted frolicking in the waves in Cape St Francis.
Ensure you get to experience everything by booking a stay at one of the fantastic Cape St Francis accommodations listed below.