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St Francis

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St Francis Bay is a working fishing port and holiday destination on South Africa's Eastern Cape coast.


Port St Francis.
Cape St Francis Lighthouse.
The canals in St Francis Bay.
The river mouth and beaches in St Francis Bay.

St Francis consists of three closely related, but distinct areas: St Francis Bay, Port St Francis and Cape St Francis.

St Francis Bay is a beach village of Cape Dutch style thatched roof houses build on canals in the Kromme River estuary.

Port St Francis is a working fishing port for the squid/calamari industry. Also home to Station 21 of the national Sea Rescue Institute.

Cape St Francis is home to a working lighthouse build in 1878. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and good surfing spots.

Get in

By Car

Take the Humansdorp exit from the N2. Drive through Humansdorp and follow the R330 to St Francis.

Get around

  • Budget Car Rental, Sanriver Lodge, +27 (0)42 294-1152.


  • The Cape St Francis Lighthouse, +27 (0)42 298-0428. Open daily 9AM to 4:30PM. Climb all the way to the top of this old lighthouse. There is also a coffee shop


  • Golf - new Jack Niclaus golf course St Francis Golf Club also a great place with a big heart for beginners.
  • Jetski in the Krom River and out to the ocean, +27 (0)82 939-4081.
  • Krom River Expeditions, +27 (0)84 506-6396. Go on a canal cruise. R70.
  • Paintball, The Rabbit Farm, off St Francis drive, +27 (0)74 342-2644.
  • St Francis Safaris, +27 (0)82 569-3750 or +27 (0)83 441-6397. Game fishing, dolphin and whale cruises, boat and jet ski hire
  • Surf. Sealpoint is the best place for surfing
  • Viking Boat Hire, +27 (0)83 325-1655. Hire a boat to explore the canals and river on your own. Around R400 per day.


  • Grasmere Ostriches, +27 (0)42 295-2325 (), [2]. Ostrich leather belts, wallets, handbags etc


  • Barons Grill, Village centre.
  • The Butcher Shop, Village centre, +27 (0)42 294-1982.
  • Farol Bistro and Coffee shop, Village centre, +27 (0)42 294-1019. Excellent breakfasts.
  • Porthole Restaurant And Bar, +27 (0)42 294-1123. On the port. Serves delicious calamari, fresh from the sea. Sit on the patio and watch the calamari being unloaded from the fishing boats.
  • Trattoria San Francesco, Village centre, +21 (0)42 294-0819. Pasta.


Get out

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