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About Waterways B&B

Waterways B&B is an owner-run, secure and peaceful thatched homestay, offering waterfront accommodation on the picturesque Canals at St Francis Bay. The property is situated on the Kromme River estuary, with views over the canals, the estuary and the river mouth to the sea. It has been recommended in the Rough Guide and Stefan Lose Guide for its friendliness, its situation, its accommodation, its views, and cruises which can be arranged. Two canoes and a rowing boat are available for use by guests along with a private mooring.

Waterways B&B consists of two comfortable and spacious en-suite rooms, each with separate entrance, out-door living facilities and good views. Both rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities, a fridge and TV. A third overflow room is also available at lower charge to accommodate families with children. A full breakfast is provided. The charge for the en suite rooms is R330 per person sharing, and for the overflow room R260. A single supplement of R50 may be charged.

The Green room is a large bed-sitter, situated above a double garage, with twin beds adaptable to double, en-suite shower room, full lounge and washing up facilities. It has views over the river and the canals. A balcony faces north over the river, and a large west-facing deck is also available overlooking the canal system. The Canal room is on the ground floor, facing west over rolling lawns to the canals. This has a double bed, en suite bathroom, with hand shower, and has a west-facing terrace overlooking the canals.

St Francis Bay itself is a unique coastal resort development, situated mid-way between the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth. It is popular for its predominantly thatched architecture; its 2.5 km beach with fine, clean sand and world-class surfing; its 5.6 km of tidal marina, known as the Canals; the Kromme River, navigable for 12 km, with a large estuary beach and abundant bird life at low tide; Port St Francis, headquarters of the local calamari fishing industry, and from which deep-sea safaris can be arranged; two excellent links golf courses; and beautiful coastal walks through Fynbos nature reserves.

Beach: Waterways is situated on the Kromme River estuary. This is tidal, and at low tide there is a huge estuary beach immediately across the road. Wonderful bird life, walking and fishing, with wind & kite surfing under suitable conditions.

Golf: Not on a golf course as such, but within about 2 kilometres of 2 courses, one of which, the Links, is rated in the top 10 in South Africa.

Family friendly: Children are welcome. The estuary beach is ideal for young children, and boating on the canals for older ones..

  • Response Rate: 91%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 10 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 9 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Eastern Cape

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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  • En-suite Rooms Sleeps 3 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 Features:  Twin beds, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Television see more Twin beds, En-suite, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, River views
    from $59 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults

      Reviews for Waterways B&B

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      Pieter Nel
      28 June 2021

      a peacefull setting on the canals. helpful and informative hosts. canoeing was memorable. utilities were very basic and no microwave oven was problamatic.

      Glynn Straton
      16 February 2020

      The room was really great. Well appointed with a fridge and kettle. Spacious and it has a great view of the canals and nearby river.Our hosts were more than willing to go the extra mile. I would definitely recommend staying here and hopefully we will be back next year. Waterways will be our preferred place to stay

      Shijie Liu
      28 October 2019

      We had a great evening to stay. Even it is not self-catering but they give us a big help for cooking. We are very happy.Establishments response:Thank you, Sijie, for this positive review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay, despite the lack of self-catering facilities. We enjoyed having you, too, and your make-shift Chinese cooking was delicious! We hope you will join us again. Best wishes, Hilton & JuliaWaterways B & B

      Ulf Bagewitz
      09 February 2019

      we loved it all and we would like to come back for a longer stay

      Janet Walsh
      25 September 2018

      The location is incredible, views outstanding, rooms lovely , cosy and warm and incredibly clean.Safe and secure and good off road parking.Coffee provided in the rooms (not expected) was delicious The hosts, Hilton and Julia provide extra spoils - like special shampoo (not generic sachets) big fluffy towels and an abundance of advice and kindness. Lots of laughs too.The upstairs Room was spacious with a private balcony.The B n B was a home from home for us. Wonderfully privateThank you Hilton and Julia for a 5 Star Stay

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      Waterways B&B is 3.5km from the centre of St Francis Bay , the nearest airport 88km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling