Explore the Wave


The farmland adjacent to the Seal Point Lighthouse (built in 1878) known as “Kaap St Francis Vuurtoringmaatskappy” was swapped by developer John Booysen for his Chevrolet in 1963. A further 160 plots were later added, and went up for sale. Twelve shareholders bought in on the project for R1000 each and received a plot of their choice each in exchange for their investment.

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Gamtoos River is a small settlement of holiday homes and a resort. Camping, boating and river fishing is a popular pastime as is surf fishing off the beach between the Gamtoos River and Van Stadens River.

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Jeffreys Bay is named after Captain Jeffreys who sailed his cargo ship up and down the East Coast of South Africa on trading expeditions in the 1840’s.

During one of these trips an epidemic of scurvy broke out aboard his ship. He was forced to land his vessel and soon realized the potential of the place where he had landed and built a primitive port on what is now the main beach. He erected the first house, a huge double-story mansion.

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The small holiday settlements of Aston Bay and Paradise Beach are in many ways an extension of the popular town of Jeffreys Bay, but for some beach front development and the Marina Martinique, a man made canal system. After all, the two are separated by little more the than the Seekoeirivier (Hippopotamus River) lagoon.

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Manuel de Perestrelo, a Portuguese explorer weighed anchor in a sheltered bay in 1575. He was struck with the natural beauty of what he saw and named it Bahia de Sao Francisca after the Patron Saint of Sailors, St Francis of Assissi. As legend has it, the landward side reminded him of the beautiful cloisters of the 14th Century Gothic monastery of St Francisca, at his hometown of Santareme.

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Oyster Bay is a small coastal hamlet, linked to St Francis Bay and Humansdorp by dirt roads. Renowned for a long stretched out sandy beach and a strong emphasis on nature, Oyster Bay is a wonderful place to stay amidst coastal forests, sand dunes, river deltas, wetlands, lagoons and roaming horses.
As its name indicates, Oyster Bay is also a stronghold of one of the main efforts to conserve the African Oyster Catcher that makes the beaches its home.

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