Hiking and Walking

St Francis has many wonderful hikes.

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Hiking and Walking

St Francis has many wonderful hikes.

Enter the reserve from the end of St Francis Drive in St Francis Bay, just past Port St Francis, or from the end of Da Gama Road in Cape St Francis (don’t forget to stop at the Look Out Point, from where you have a panoramic view of Cape St Francis, Port St Francis and St Francis Bay in St Francis Drive).
The walk boasts many assorted fauna and trace of animal tracks, which is home to bushbuck, grysbok, common duiker, bushpig, porcupine, vervet monkey, caracal, yellow and grey mongoose and otters. The trails are quiet and tranquil with spells of fynbos and other wild flowers. From Cape St Francis’s white, wide stretch of beach you can continue to Shark Point or the Cape St Francis lighthouse.

Between Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay lies the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, one of four nature reserves on the tip of this cape – the others are Seal Point Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve and the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve.

This area is not only one of incredible natural beauty, rich in both plant and animal life, but it is also an area heavily popular for weekend and holiday getaways. Subsequently it is filled with getaway villas, guest houses and holiday homes – something which has already interfered with the beauty of the local St Francis fynbos or thicket mosaic, 63 percent of which has now been disturbed.

Whilst holiday homes border on the reserve, at least within the 120 odd hectares, and 3 kilometres of coastline, the endangered coastal dune forest is protected, and a wonderful hiking trail, via a viewpoint, allows you to lose yourself within its boundaries.

Walk from Cape St Francis to St Francis Bay across the reserve. It takes roughly an hour. Other walks in the reserve include a circular route and a walk from Sandy beach to the Point.