Category: JBay, St Francis, Gamtoos

  • An unforgettable weekend at The Milkhouse, Hankey

      Stepping out of the car in pouring rain, on a rather delapidated-looking farm, looking for the Milkhouse Farmstyle Bar, I wondered what I was letting myself in for.  I opened the door in what appeared to be a renovated part of the rambling complex and walked into the room rather tentatively… and what I […]

  • This is South Africa’s Surf City!

    I never realised what it was that set Jeffreys Bay apart from all other seaside destinations with waves for surfing.  The most over-the-top surfing photo I’ve seen comes from The Dungeons, round the corner from Hout Bay, for example.  Well… that’s not what most surfers will ever want to tackle. So it took someone like…

  • The Perfect Wave… the Endless Summer

    And just in case, like me, you don’t know what perfect waves should look like, here are two video clips with examples. “The Cape St. Francis sequence in Endless Summer is surf movie-making’s holy grail.  This 1963 movie became a cult classic. And a more recent clip from Cape St Francis… More than 50 years…

  • “The most favourable part of the Union”

    [mappress mapid=”2″ alignment=”right”] It was in 1910 that the Cape Director of Irrigation, FE Kanthack, visited the valley and called it “the most favourable part of the Union.”  The Gamtoos Valley is known for its rich, fertile soils, its fresh water and its agricultural bounty.  It is a conservative farming area — agritourism hasn’t moved…

  • A Bay, a Cape and a Port… St Francis

    Endless beaches, a busy little port and canal-living make Cape St Francis one of the most desirable destinations on the SA coast. Or almost… but I’ll get to that later. When I heard that GT Ferreira (FirstRand Group, Tokara Wine Estate, etc.) has recently bought property there, it’s obvious one can’t question it as an…