Cape Saint Francis

Travel Guide
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, 6313
The price is $33 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 30
Stay at this golf hostel in Cape Saint Francis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a golf course. Popular attractions Seal Point Lighthouse and Port St. Francis ...
3.8/5 Good! (4 reviews)
"Ok - but needs a facelift!"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Cape St Francis Resort
Cape St Francis Resort
3 out of 5
Da Gama Road, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape, 6313
The price is $84 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Cape Saint Francis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
"The staff were absolutely amazing. Check in was very smooth and their direction to our room was very clear. The property has boom gates with security so it was very safe and inviting. It was also very close to the beach. The room was okay...simply okay. The bathroom shower was massive, but the shower ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Beach Break Guest Houses and Villas
Beach Break Guest Houses and Villas
Da Gama Road, 54 2, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape, 6312
Stay at this golf guesthouse in Cape Saint Francis. Enjoy free breakfast, room service, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Seal Point Lighthouse and Port ...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cape St Francis Resort
Cape St Francis Resort
3 out of 5
Da Gama Road, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape, 6313
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Cape Saint Francis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
"The staff were absolutely amazing. Check in was very smooth and their direction to our room was very clear. The property has boom gates with security so it was very safe and inviting. It was also very close to the beach. The room was okay...simply okay. The bathroom shower was massive, but the shower ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Surf Inn Cape St Francis
Surf Inn Cape St Francis
3.5 out of 5
2 Stavenisse Avenue, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape, 6313
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Cape Saint Francis. Enjoy a terrace, a flat-screen TV, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Seal Point Lighthouse and Port ...
Cape St Francis Beachbreak
Cape St Francis Beachbreak
5 out of 5
Da Gama Way, Cape Saint Francis, Eastern Cape, 6313
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Cape Saint Francis. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Seal Point Lighthouse and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (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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