CAPE ST FRANCIS, EASTERN CAPE TRAVEL TIME 1hr 23mins from Port Elizabeth Airport
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). airbnb.co.uk/rooms/535891
‘A house filled with holiday memories’