Balobi Seafood Market Face Lift

The Balobi Seafood Market and Deli situated at Port St Francis has had a face lift offering a far better customer flow. Where the ever popular ‘fish & chips’ cooking area used to be situated now has tables and chairs where diners can enjoy their freshly cooked lunches whilst taking in a view of the rocks below and th ocean beyond. A really lovely hangout for lunch.

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Tables and chairs where the fish preparation area used to be. Lovely views over the sea.

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The fish filliting counter where they will fillet your purchases of fresh line fish

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The new counter where you will be served your freshly cooked ‘Fish & Chips’

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Fresh Line Fish on display

Tourism MEC walks on the Wild Side

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MEC of Economic Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sakhumzi Somyo and Mrs Daphne Kettledas, Executive Mayor of the Kouga Municipality

The MEC of Economic Affairs and Tourism, Mr Sakhumzi Somyo, celebrated Tourism Month, held each year in September, by doing the Walk on the Wild Side with 16 of his tourism partners and colleagues as well as selected members of the media. Mrs Daphne Kettledas, Executive Mayor of the Kouga Municipality, also put on her hiking boots and joined Board members of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) and Nelson Mandela Metro Tourism Officials on the 21km hike.

The Walk on the Wild Side is a new 3 day/2 night hiking trail in and around Cape St Francis. The group met on Friday 11 September at the Cape St Francis Resort, and hiked through the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve, boasting its spring flowers in full bloom. Prof Richard Cowling, representing the Friends of the St Francis Nature Reserves (FOSTER) gave a short briefing on the fauna and flora of the area as well as conservation of the nature reserves. The delegation then enjoyed a cruise on the St Francis canals, followed by dinner with their host, the Cape St Francis Resort.

On Saturday morning the group was transported to Mostertshoek, where they continued their hike with a 15,5km stretch to Port St Francis. Their guide, Eric Stewart from the Chokka Trail, showed them the blowhole, an unknown grave, and the remains of the Osprey and Cape Recife shipwrecks before they stopped at the SANCCOB Sea Bird Rehabilitation Centre at Seal Point for a guided tour of the facility.

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They then hiked to Port St Francis via Shark Point, where they enjoyed a tasting of calamari and local wine at Loligo’s Restaurant. On Sunday morning after breakfast the group departed for home.

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“We are delighted that the MEC chose the Kouga to celebrate Tourism Month,” said Mrs Carleen Arends, Director Tourism at the Kouga Municipality. “This is a direct result of our participation at Indaba, and I want to congratulate our team from the Kouga LTO for their dedication and hard work to promote our area.”

The Walk on the Wild Side is a shorter version of the Chokka Trail, a slack packing trail between Oyster Bay, St Francis Bay as well as Cape St Francis.

Article by Esti Stewart

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Cape St Francis wins two Lilizelo not one as reported

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Beach Break at Cape St Francis Resort

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Club Break at Cape St Francis Resort

Yesterday we commented that there were three winners of awards at the recent Lilizela Tourism awards held at ther Boardwalk last week. St Francis in fact won four categories, not three with Cape St Francis Resort taking home two titles for their 5-Star Beach Villa facility “Beach Break” and for Apartment Accommodation “Club Break”

Cape St Francis Resort truly is a great asset to the region attracting many large confrence groups as well as regular international tour groups. Congratulations to Anita Lennox and her team on a job really well done.

The other two category winners for St Francis were Dune Ridge and The Sands @ St Francis