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St. Francis Bay

St. Francis Bay is a picturesque holiday village lying at the gateway to the Garden Route, one of South Africa's premier holiday destinations and an hour's drive from the city of Port Elizabeth. First sighted in 1575 by a Portuguese sailor, he named the area St. Francis after the Patron Saint of Sailors. The climate is temperate with warm summers and mild winters.

The Kromme River borders the one side of St. Francis Bay, and is navigable for 6 miles (10km) upstream from the river mouth. The River and River Mouth is popular with fishermen, boaters, canoeists, windsurfers, kite surfers and marine creatures which shelter in its waters. Linked to the river is a magnificent marina lined with white walled thatched homes, some of which offer bed an breakfast accommodation. Canal cruises at sunset are popular here or else one can enjoy drinks or a meal at a Restaurant overlooking the canals.

Port St. Francis, a small harbour resort village, lies in a sheltered nook of the bay and provides a colourful setting and safe anchorage for calamari boats, pleasure craft, and ocean going yachts.

Cape St. Francis, a rustic fishing village, sits adjacent to St. Francis Bay. Popular for surfing at Seal Point, its beautiful stretch of beach and historic lighthouse built in 1878. Walking trails wind along the rocky coast, through the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve, and along the Cape St. Francis Point, linking it to the village of St. Francis Bay.

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South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely spoken.


South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs, as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops, but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will exchange them.


Local time is GMT +2.

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