The Kouga, a Khoi word for “place of abundance,” is part of South Africa’s Adventure Province, the Eastern Cape, and lies between the Tsitsikamma River in the west, the Van Stadens River in the east and the majestic Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area to the north. The rugged coastline, which includes the second southern most point of Africa, Seal Point, touches the Indian Ocean in the south.
3Rivers Trails is an exciting trail network that is aimed at adventure seekers, families and people who love the outdoors.
Addo is a mere 3 hour’s drive from the Kouga Region.
|African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary & Rehabilitation Centre |
The African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary is set within truly beautiful grounds.
|Baviaans (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The wilderness area between Patensie and Willowmore lies mostly in the vast wild kloofs and krantzes of the Kouga and Baviaanskloof Mountains.
|Baviaanskloof (4 x 4) |
Some of the best routes in South Africa would without a doubt be the Baviaanskloof where a few farms offer 4X4 trails.
|Baviaanskloof (Valley) |
The Baviaanskloof (Valley of Baboons) is literally a kloof nestled between the Baviaans Mountain Range to the north and the Kouga Mountain Range to the south, ...
|Baviaanskloof Heartland trail (Multi day hiking trips) |
The unique 6 day Baviaanskloof Heartland trail traversing 12km per day is situated in the Baviaanskloof Heartland, a unique and isolated place captured between the Baviaanskloof and the Kouga mountains.
Jeffreys Bay’s Dolphin Beach is a Blue Flag Beach, and the beach at Cape St Francis currently is a pilot project to attain the same status.
In a bay about a half mile east of the Panaghia wreck lie the remains of the Bender.
|Boskloof – Humansdorp |
The Boskloof Nature Reserve has a short trail with prolific birdlife ...
The sport of bowls is a healthy activity which caters for all ages both young and old.
|Cape Recife |
On 20 February 1929 the Cape Recife was wrecked just west of the Seal Point Lighthouse due to dense fog.
|Cape St Francis |
In 1965 Cape St Francis was officially proclaimed as a town.
|Cape St Francis Nature Reserve (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The walk in the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve boasts many assorted fauna and trace of animal tracks,...
|Chokka trail (Multi day hiking trips) |
The Chokka Trail is a 4 night/3 day slackpacking hike between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis, and is 56km long.
|Coastal Shell Middens and Fish Traps |
Middens are present throughout the entire coastal and inland area, and clearly visible in dunefields and inland of the rocky stretch of coast between the Cape St Francis Point and St Francis Bay.
For both the mountain biking or trail running junky, a day out at the Crossways Farm will provide hours of pleasure for athletes of all levels.
Deep sea charters are available from Port St Francis and river cruises from the Gamtoos River.
|Die Bergvenster |
The Bergvenster is a natural arch that has been created by weathering ...
|Duneridge Hikes & Frog Safaris (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
Duneridge Country House offers a two hour guided tour through a coastal forest and the dunes, where ancient middens can be found.
|Featherfoot Farm Horse Rides |
Featherfoot Horse Ranch offers several experiences including horse trails, riding lessons, special needs and disabled riding lessons.
The Gamtoos, Grootrivier, Kouga, Kabeljous, Seekoei, and Kromme Rivers are but a few of the river fishing and boating spots the Kouga has to offer.
|Gamtoos River Mouth |
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.
|Gamtoos River Mouth to Van Stadens River Mouth (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The 21km stretch of beach form the Gamtoos River Mouth to Van Stadens River Mouth is an easy walk during low tide.
Hankey is one of four towns that make up the Gamtoos Valley – an exceptionally beautiful part of the world that stretches up to Komdomo at the start of the Baviaanskloof wilderness, now a World Heritage Site.
|Hankey - the valley |
Hankey is one of four towns that make up the Gamtoos Valley.
|Hankey Golf Course |
The 9 hole course in Hankey comes as a surprise to anyone who visits it for the first time. The scenic beauty takes away your breath.
|Heritage Eco Centre |
The St Francis Kromme Trust converted the old boathouse into a Heritage Eco Centre ...
|HMS OSPREY |
In the morning of 30 May 1867, HMS OSPREY (William Menzies) was wrecked, 10 miles West from Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St. Francis, South Africa.
|Huisklip & Klasies River Caves |
The Klasies River Caves are a series of caves located to the east of the Klasies River mouth.
|Huisklip Nature Reserve |
The beautiful coastal nature reserve of Huisklip is a 300ha paradise and home to an abundance of wildlife ...
Humansdorp has grown from a small service centre for the flourishing farming community in 1849, to a busy town with every kind of business today.
|Humansdorp Museum, Churches and old buildings |
The Humansdorp Museum, a cultural historic museum, boasts historic artifacts used by the rural farming community as well as a rare find, a Chicago Cottage Organ (circa 1890).
|Impala Ranch |
The trails at Impala Ranch suit intermediate to advanced riders with some technical sections, plus long sections with lots of pedalling to focus on long flowing single track descents.
|Irma Booysen Flora Reserve (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
A walk in the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve at springtime will convince you of the fact that the Cape Floral Kingdom has the most species.
|Jeffreys Bay |
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.
|Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum |
The Shell Museum is home to more than 600 shells from species all over the world.
|Jeffreys Bay Surfing |
Jeffreys Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world and hosts an international surfing competition each year in July.
|Jeffreys Bay to Gamtoos River Mouth (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
You will need someone to assist you to cross the Gamtoos River by boat, or be very careful when trying to do so during low tide.
|Kabeljous Nature Reserve (Jeffreys Bay) |
Kabeljous Nature Reserve is located north of Jeffrey ...
|Kareedouw – Moria Riding |
The awe-inspiring scenery of the region provides visitors with a variety of popular outdoor activities which include horse trails into the Baviaans.
|Kite & Wind Surfing - Cape St Francis |
Cape St Francis is an excellent kite surfing spot.
|Kite & Wind Surfing - Jeffreys Bay, |
Paradise Beach is an excellent kite surfing spot.
|Kite & Wind Surfing - The Kromme River Mouth in St Francis Bay |
The Kromme River Mouth in St Francis Bay is an excellent kite surfing spot.
|Kromme to Jeffreys (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
A walk to from the Krommerivier to Jeffreys Bay during low tide will take you up to three hours, and is an easy walk.
|Largest Sundial in Southern Hemisphere |
The biggest sundial in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere can be found at the entrance to Hankey.
Loerie (also known as Loerieheuwel) lies at the foot of the Elands and Groot Winterhoek Mountains.
|Lookout Point, St Francis Drive |
Look-out Point is situated in St Francis Drive.
At Huisklip lie the remains of the Lyngenfjord, en route from France to Madagascar.
|Meng Yaw |
On 3 July 1989 the Meng Yaw, a Chinese Fishing trawler ran aground close to Brakkeduine.
|Narrow Gauge Bridge |
The Van Staden’s rail bridge is the second highest railway bridge in South Africa, and the highest narrow gauge bridge in the world.
|Nature Reserves in Cape St Francis |
Cape St Francis is home to the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, Seal Point Nature Reserve, Seal Bay Nature Reserve and Irma Booysen Flora Reserve.
|Nature Reserves in Jeffreys Bay |
Nature Reserves in Jeffreys Bay : Kabeljous Nature Reserve, Seekoei Nature Reserve and Noorsekloof Nature Reserve.
|Nomvula’s Knitters & The Quilt Studio |
Nomvula’s Knitters is a community-based and upliftment project that has gone from strength to strength. C ‘n Sew Quilt Shop fulfill a need for the growing number of quilters living and visiting the village.
|Noorsekloof Nature Reserve (Jeffreys Bay) |
Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is a small 28 hectare reserve in the suburb of Noorsekloof, in Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay.
|NSRI Station 21, 36 and 37 |
Station 21 is located at the Port St Francis Harbor.
|Otter Trail (Multi day hiking trips) |
The Otter Hiking Trail is one of South Africa's most popular trails and is known world-wide.
|Oyster Bay |
Oyster Bay is a small coastal hamlet.
|Oyster Bay Horse Rides |
The Oyster Bay Lodge offers beach horse rides on the Oyster Bay beach, starting at the Lodge.
|Oyster Bay Lodge (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The Lodge offers guided bird, wetland and fynbos walks through their 235 hectare property where over 170 different bird species have been identified.
|Oyster Bay to Klippenpunt (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The Oyster Bay Beach is 8km long, between the Village and Klippepunt.
|Paddling & SUP - Jeffreys Bay |
This makes Jeffreys Bay) a SUP heaven.
|Paddling & SUP -St Francis (with the canals) |
This makes St Francis (with the canals) a SUP heaven.
On the 17 February 1938, three miles east of the President Reitz, the Panaghia was wrecked close inshore.
|Papiesfontein Horse Rides |
Here, on the Papiesfontein farm, the unique combination of bush, river and beach come together to offer you an unforgettable ride.
|Paradise Beach & Aston Bay |
Aston Bay and Paradise Beach are in many ways an extension of the popular town of Jeffreys Bay.
The small town of Patensie is the eastern gateway to the Baviaanskloof ...
|Phillip’s Tunnel and Gamtoos Irrigation Scheme |
Phillip’s Tunnel is protected as a provincial heritage site.
|Port St Francis |
Port St Francis is a privately owned working harbour and home to over 30 commercial chokka, hake and pilchard fishing boats, a recreational harbour with smaller deep sea fishing boats and yachts, as well as a residential area.
|Queen Victoria’s profile |
One of the well known landmarks in the Gamtoos Valley is the Queen Victoria Profile.
|Rocky Coast Farm Hike ( Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The entrance to Rocky Coast Farm is at the first parking area at Sunset Rock, Cape St Francis.
|Romazini Valley |
Romazini Valley is a public open space between Romazini Road and Tom Brown Boulevard.
|Saartjie Baartman Grave |
Her remains were reburied during a ceremony on 19 August 2002, on Vergaderingskop, a hill on the edge of Hankey .
|Sand Boarding - Jeffreysbay |
Adventure companies in Jeffreysbay offer sand boarding where you can rent equipment and find instructors.
|Sand Boarding - Oyster Bay |
Two sand dune boarding spots provide endless fun for young and old in the Kouga area: Oyster Bay and Jeffreys Bay, where our beaches are home to some of the biggest and most spectacular dunes in South Africa.
|Sand River ( Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The Sand River is one of the finest examples in the world of a by-pass headland dune system.
|Sea Bird Rehabilitation Centre |
A SANCCOB Seabird Rehabilitation Centre is based next to the Seal Point Lighthouse in Cape St Francis.
|Seal Point Lighthouse |
The Seal Point Lighthouse, standing at 27,75m, is the tallest masonry lighthouse in South Africa.
|Seekoei Nature Reserve (Jeffreys Bay) |
Seekoei Nature Reserve is a spectacular celebration of the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape.
|Shark Point (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
Shark Point, or the Cape St Francis Point, is the point between St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis Bay.
|Single lane bridge over Gamtoos River |
Two bridges cross the Gamtoos close to its mouth.
St Francis Bay Squash Club is home to two doubles courts and one single court.
|St Francis main beach (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
The St Francis main beach is about 3km long, and is walkable during low tide only.
|St Francis Bay |
St Francis, together with Jeffreys Bay, is the highlight of any African “surfari”.
|St Francis Bay Golf Club |
St Francis Bay Golf Club is renowned country-wide for its warm hospitality and a great club spirit, which has been the essence of the club over the years, and continues to grow.
|St Francis Canals |
The St Francis canal system is the largest man-made web of canals in the country.
|St Francis Community Garden |
St Francis Community Garden, situated in Harbour Road is are one of the treasures of St Francis Bay.
|St Francis Links |
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the challenging St Francis Links Course is characterised by undulating terrain, greens and variation in length and direction.
|St Francis parkrun |
St Francis parkrun is part of the global parkrun movement offering weekly timed, free, open to all 5km runs or walks.
Just west of Klippepunt and Slang Bay, on the Oyster Bay beach, the Suffolk wrecked in 1900.
|Surfer’s Village and Surf Museum |
The J-Bay Surf Museum boasts a collection of memorabilia of interest to surfers and non-surfers alike, ...
|Tennis clubs |
There are a few tennis clubs in the Kouga area with courts in Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay. To promote the sport and to meet new friends, non-members are always welcome.
|The Brakkeduine |
The Brakkeduine 4x4 Trail is a 14km circular trail that has a grading of three to five.
|The Crags, Plettenberg Bay |
The Crags is a 2 hour drive in a westerly direction, with the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary,...
|The Dolphin Trail (Multi day hiking trips) |
For those hikers who have done the Otter Trail in their younger days but now seek more comfort, you can enjoy the unrivalled beauty and luxury of the Dolphin Trail.
|The Supertubes Park |
The Supertubes Surfing Foundation is a joint venture between the local surf clubs and the surf industry in the town.
|The Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve |
The Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve aims to protect the large variety of bird, plant and animal species within the area.
Thornhill is situated amongst rolling hills and mountains.
|Tim’s Trails |
Mountainbikers can enjoy safe and extreme cycling on Tim’s Trails, a mountain bike park on the Oyster Bay Road, built and designed for the greater St Francis cycling community by Tyrone Kindness of Custom Bikes.
The Tsitsikamma National Park boasts with some of the most beautiful hikes in South Africa as well as water adventures up the Storms River.
|Two Harbours Walk (Hiking in the greater St Francis ) |
The Two Harbours Walk connects the Heritage Eco Centre at the Granny's Pool in Harbour Road with Port St Francis.
|Van Stadens Bridge (old and new) |
Van Stadens Bridge would capture the unenviable title of 'Bridge of Death' as only 12 days after opening, it claimed its first suicide victim.
|Walk on the Wild Side (Hiking in the greater St Francis) |
Between Sunset Rock, situated at the first gravel parking area in Cape St Francis, and the 18th century Seal Point Lighthouse at Seal Point, the 2km Walk on the Wild Side is clearly marked with a number of information signs.
|Whale watching |
Whale and Dolphin Watching is available from Port St Francis ...
Zuurbron is famously known among mountain bikers as the last checkpoint of the Trans Baviaans 230km MTB race, but the bike park includes single track, jeep tracks and farm roads.
|Zwartenbosch Golf Course |
Zwartenbosch Golf & Lifestyle Estate is situated just north of Humansdorp, after the Humansdorp Golf Club had to relocate in the early 1990’s.