Cape Saint Francis

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Seal Point Lighthouse

This eco-conscious village on South Africa’s southern coastline is known for its nature reserves, super surfing beach and wildlife conservation. 

Cape Saint Francis is a great destination for outdoor pursuits in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region. This seaside village has just a few hundred year-round residents, each of whom takes great pride in preserving the magnificent natural environment. Visit the four pristine nature reserves located within walking distance of the center of Cape Saint Francis. Swim in the warm, rolling waves of the Indian Ocean and spot marine animals such as southern right whales.

The beautiful beach, backed by the dunes and forests of Seal Bay Local Authority Nature Reserve, curves between the headlands of Seal Point and Shark Point. Spot dolphins throughout the year and humpback and southern right whales from June to November. Swim in the inviting blue water or try surfing or windsurfing in the mid-sized waves. At the southern end of the beach, Johnson’s Pool is a sheltered tidal pool ideal for watching children swim safely.

Walk along the trails of Seal Point Nature Reserve and take a guided tour of the 19th-century Seal Point Lighthouse. Volunteers care for injured marine birds at the nearby Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation center. Wander amid the coastal fynbos of Irma Booysen Flora Reserve, through which passes a footpath to a blowhole and a shipwreck lookout.

Admire endangered dune forests, fynbos and ocean views and see bushbuck, monkeys and otters while hiking in Cape St. Francis Nature Reserve. A 1-hour walk via the reserve connects the village with St. Francis Bay. Surf at Bruce’s Beauties, made famous by the 1966 movie The Endless Summer. Take a boat or canoe tour along the Kromme River and around the St. Francis Bay Canals.

The nearest international airport to Cape Saint Francis is in Port Elizabeth, which is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the east. Renting a car is a good way to explore this area of the Eastern Cape. Visit other nearby places including the popular backpacker and surfer hangout of Jeffreys Bay and the fishing hamlet of Oyster Bay.

Seals Backpackers
Seals Backpackers
2 out of 5
Da Gama Road, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape
The price is $36 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
This family-friendly Cape Saint Francis hostel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Seal Point Lighthouse and Port St. Francis. St. Francis Bay Beach ...
3.3/5 (3 reviews)
"Ok - but needs a facelift!"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

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Cape St Francis Resort
Cape St Francis Resort
3 out of 5
Da Gama Road, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape
The price is $102 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Nestled on the beach, this Cape Saint Francis aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seal Point Lighthouse and Port St. Francis. St. Francis Bay Beach and Jeffreys ...
4/5Very Good! (43 reviews)
"Awesome spot for a family - kid friendly! Spacious interiors, clean environment. All crockery and utensils available . I guess my only recommendation is to replace the toilet unit which seems to be decades old, seat loose and rust build up on the base, and in the kitchenette perhaps a extra work ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

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Cape St Francis Beachbreak
Cape St Francis Beachbreak
5 out of 5
Da Gama Way, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cape Saint Francis aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Seal Point Lighthouse and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Port St. Francis. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Paradise Wave Warrior Cape St Francis Resort
"Paradise will recommend Wave Warrior and will stay there again and again , on the beach , 4 bedrooms , braai facilities , private pool , stunning view , on the beach. Stunning beautiful Resort."

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2015

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Cape St Francis Resort
Cape St Francis Resort
3 out of 5
Da Gama Road, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape
The price is $102 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Nestled on the beach, this Cape Saint Francis aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seal Point Lighthouse and Port St. Francis. St. Francis Bay Beach and Jeffreys ...
4/5Very Good! (43 reviews)
"Awesome spot for a family - kid friendly! Spacious interiors, clean environment. All crockery and utensils available . I guess my only recommendation is to replace the toilet unit which seems to be decades old, seat loose and rust build up on the base, and in the kitchenette perhaps a extra work ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Cape St Francis Resort
Cape St Francis Beachbreak
Cape St Francis Beachbreak
5 out of 5
Da Gama Way, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cape Saint Francis aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Seal Point Lighthouse and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Port St. Francis. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Paradise Wave Warrior Cape St Francis Resort
"Paradise will recommend Wave Warrior and will stay there again and again , on the beach , 4 bedrooms , braai facilities , private pool , stunning view , on the beach. Stunning beautiful Resort."

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2015

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Surf Inn Cape St Francis
Surf Inn Cape St Francis
3.5 out of 5
2 Stavenisse Avenue, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape
Situated in Cape Saint Francis, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Seal Point Lighthouse and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Port St. Francis. St. Francis Links ...
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