Accommodation, Weddings, Conferencing and more at Cape St Francis, South Africa. 

Experience the Beauty of the Eastern Cape.


St Francis Canal and River Cruises

Experience the beautiful St Francis Bay Canals and Kromme River on a luxury 12 seater barge.

Built in 1967, the canal system of St Francis Bay has become a leading South African tourist destination. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquil canal waters as your professional skipper escorts you through the waterways offering you wonderful views of the architecture, wildlife and as evening draws in, the spectacular sunsets.

Our luxury imported 12 seater barge known as 'River Break' is designed and licensed to carry up to 12 passengers on the waterways of not only the canals but also the Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.

RiverBreak activities are tailored to suit the needs of the individual or group with trips ranging from a 1 hour cruise around the canal systems to a full day excursion up the Kromme or Geelhout Rivers. A minimum of 2 people is required to book River Break but commonly is shared amongst guests.

Guests have the option of bringing their own refreshments or all catering can be done through the famous Joe Fish Restaurant and prices can be structured to include South African wine, beer and cider.

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the stunning st francis bay canal system
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the bat and boerboom farm on the geelhout river
swimming pool at the farm

From 1 hour cruise to a full day adventure

If you've settled into 'African Time' and have a full day to spare then there is no better way to spend it than book a full day 'River Break' excursion. Starting from the small boat harbour on the canals in St Francis Bay, board and take a leisurely cruise through the unique and picturesque St Francis Canals to the entrance of the Kromme River.

The 10km Kromme River offers spectacular views of the mountains of the Groot Winterhoek, and abundant wildlife. This river system forms part of a conservancy and is a haven for birds and animals. Fish Eagle, Kingfisher, Drongo. Oyster-catcher and numerous other bird species vie for your attention. Bushbuck graze the tranquil river banks and leguaan bask on the muddy banks.

On leaving the Kromme River your journey will take you along the picturesque waters of the Geelhout River until your final destination... your very own private farm.

On arrival at the farm known as the 'Bat and the Boerboon' you have the rest of the day to relax at the pool, paddle the still waters in a canoe, take a stroll through the fynbos thickets or simply sit and chill as your lunch is prepared.

Enjoy calamari starters followed by a full, traditional South African braai (barbeque) and a sumptuous dessert to end this awesome meal. At your leisure, board the barge for another relaxing cruise back toward St Francis.

For the full day river and farm adventure a minimum of 6 people is required.

RiverBreak has been used successfully for team building activities, birthdays and functions, corporate outings, family gatherings or simple private excursions.

Get in Touch

 +27 (0) 42 298 0054
 +27 (0) 82 494 3755
 +27 (0) 42 298 0157
 Da Gama Way, Cape St Francis, 6313
 34 11’ 56.39" S  |  24 49’ 53.04" E

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We are situated in Newington Street, Richmond Hill on a quiet tree-lined lane, filled with historic and gracefully restored buildings. The peace of the picturesque neighbourhood belies its location in central Port Elizabeth where the heartbeat of the city pulses nearby and the main N2 highway that charters motorists in and out the Bay is but a few streets down.


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