CAPE ST FRAN­CIS, EAST­ERN CAPE TRAVEL TIME 1hr 23mins from Port El­iz­a­beth Air­port

Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL - – TEA­GAN CUN­NIFFE

Thick fog set­tled in as I drove to­wards the Du Toits’ fam­ily home, just five kilo­me­tres from the Cape St Fran­cis light­house on largely un­de­vel­oped coast­line. Fore­fa­ther Her­manus ‘Manie’ du Toit erected a small shack here in 1874 and, in a trade that has since be­come fam­ily le­gend, ex­changed the land from there up to the light­house for an ox wagon. Manie later re­gained the sea shack, which can also be rented. The mod­ern ad­di­tion, Mostertshoek, is 30 me­tres away. It has the com­fort­able at­mos­phere of a house filled with hol­i­day mem­o­ries, and fam­ily pho­to­graphs adorn the walls. The Du Toit chil­dren have grown up on these rocks, catch­ing fish and jump­ing into the deep coves re­vealed by low tide. The fourbed­roomed, double-storey house is spa­cious with high ceil­ings. The main bed­room, kitchen and din­ing area (with fire­place) all have ocean views, and in good weather the out­door braai, which over­looks the calm, blue bay a few me­tres away, siz­zles with freshly caught shad.

DO IT From R3 565 (sleeps 10).

‘A house filled with hol­i­day mem­o­ries’

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