Cape St Francis Resort
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Interior cottage Village Break
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Cape St Francis Resort

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. Cape St Francis Resort is the ideal base from which to explore all that the area has to offer from golf, canal and river cruises, surfing, whale-watching, surfing and much much more. On-site facilities including the award-winning Joe Fish Restaurant and Bar, Hibiscus health and beauty studio, convenience shop are all here to make your stay as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Country

South Africa

Highlights

Betty's Tour which incorporates a visit to SANCCOB rehabilitation centre set at Seal Point Lighthouse

A vast and clean beach with all year mild temperatures

Local calamari 

Cruise through the man made canal system of St Francis Bay 

A round of golf at either St Francis Links ( rated number 7 in South Africa) or St Francis Bay Golf Club, home to the Calamri Classic.

Enjoy the slack packing hiking trail known as The Chokka Trail - more than just a hike

Need to Know

Being a coastal Resort one can never gaurantee the weather , generally the best months are January to end of May although the winter is mild


SafarisSafaris


Day trips into the Addo National Park which is a 2 hour drive


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

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.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

  1. Nature Breaks - walks , guided or not - so just to refresh we have approx 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.
  2. Golf Breaks - with 2 well maintained courses within 10 kms of our location we can offer St Francis Links and St Francis Bay Golf Club.

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 RiverBreak cruises these canals, Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.

Canal cruise lasting an hour - drinks and snacks can be arranged at an addittional cost.

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.

Surf Breaks - with Seal Point on our doorstep surfing still rocks. Lessons for beginners are available and includes board and wetsuit   hire.

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.

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

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

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  asa 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.Travel to Port St Francis , the calamari capital where guests can enjoy lunch for their own account.Total  cost  R250 per person.

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 over night accommodation in beautiful guest houses. You  only carry a lunch pack whilst  your  luggage  is transported to your next over night 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.

 

FacilitiesFacilities

Joe Fish Restuarant and Bar

Hibiscus Health and Beauty Studio

Convenience shop

Adventure Centre

AccommodationAccommodation

Privately owned and family run we provide accommodation ranging from luxury beach villas set on the edge of the dunes where you can choose between a sea facing or garden facing room or the entire villa which is ideal for families  or friends travelling together. 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 we can offer family styled cottages a mere 200 metres from the beach.These cottages are tastefully decorated and have a strong beach theme and offer a fully equipped kitchen for those who wish to self cater. Our one or two roomed Apartments offer affordable accommodation set around a communal swimming pool and have all the facilities associated with a standard hotel room with complimentary wi-fi. 

With the mildest temperatures and the longest sunshine hours on the coast, Cape St Francis is a unique and exclusive paradise on the South African southern coast which draws holidaymakers from all over the world to enjoy the glorious beaches, excellent water-sport facilities, leisurely lifestyle and the magical beauty of the unspoilt surroundings. 

AccoladesAccolades

Winner Lilizela Award for Accommodation ( National ) for 2015 and 2016

Certificate of Excellence Tripadvisor for a number of years

 

SeasonSeason

High season runs from the 15th December till the 8th January

Average StayAverage Stay

2.2 days 

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Rates vary from R824 to R1,500 per person bead and breakfast

Children PolicyChild Policy

Children of all ages are most welcome

In Club Break only children under 12 pay 25% of the adult rate.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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