RAGGIES BACKPACKERS IN ST FRANCIS BAY
Raggies International Backpackers is situated in St Francis Drive, the road that links everything in St Francis Bay….
Raggies is the short name for the Ragged Tooth Shark which is common along the coast of South Africa. Like our packers, Raggies are international and are found in all three major oceans of the world, they also relax during the day and are active at night!
The six bedrooms are upstairs in a lovely modern thatched roof building and can sleep up to 8 – 10 people per dorm. We can also reserve a room for a family. Each room has its own bathroom with a shower facility.
Adjacent to the rooms upstairs is the communal kitchen and TV lounge with DStv. We are within 100m from a well stocked Superspar and liquor store, should you feel like staying in. Both shops are open 7 days a week between 07:00 and 19:00.
Downstairs is home to Pedal & Spoke Cafe which serves breakfasts and light lunches, Dave and Karen are the owners and supply freshly baked cakes & muffins.
We are also proud to be home to St Francis’s first craft beer brewery. St Francis Brewing Co. Offers a variety of craft beers with a delicious food menu to compliment the interesting beers as well as their own beer. It has a friendly relaxed atmosphere guaranteed you will enjoy the experience.
Late night conversations are destined to take place at the popular Legends Bar… a “where everybody knows your name” type of bar, the place to make new friends and meet locals. Legends is downstairs in a garden setting.
For the pizza lovers we have “Pizza@167” pizza takeaway at your convenience at the bottom of the stairs!
If you happen to be at Raggies on the last Saturday of the month, you will experience our very special community craft and food market with a feel good atmosphere offering crafts and foods made by very talented stall holders.
We want you to enjoy your stay at Raggies International Backpackers as if it is your home away from home with a special experience. We are designed to suit all age groups and a variety of travellers, both from abroad and South Africa. We will do all we can to satisfy the needs of our guest.
We also offer free WIFI so you can stay in touch with your loved ones. We can arrange transport for those without, but offer safe parking too for those that self-drive.
Groups of 8 for a min stay of 3 nights, rates discounted to R160 pppn.
The communal kitchen has a small dining counter and is open plan to a TV lounge with DSTV. We offer free internet access.
We have an entertainment area with soft couches, a pool table, and often there are live musicians playing at the Brewery and Christy’s catch on certain nights.
On the premises we have a coffee shop which serves breakfast and light meals, a pizza takeaway and the local watering hole “Legends Pub”.
We have a fully equipped communal kitchen for self-catering. Equipment includes a fridge, freezer, micro wave oven, toaster, kettle and a two plate stove. We have all the crockery, cutlery and glasses you will need. A Superspar store is in the next door shopping centre, a mere 100m away.
We have cupboards where you can store your groceries between meals.
What to See
There are mind blowing vistas for the eye to enjoy and often the regular traveller only gets to see the beach and a few pubs as they are unaware of the gems on offer in St Francis Bay. Places to see in and around St Francis Bay will leave you wanting to come back for more.
St Francis Bay Canals
St Francis Bay is home to a man-made canal system, a project, founder Leighton Hulett started in 1967. The marine was developed in stages, the last stage completed at the turn of the century by Leighton’s son, Nevil.
Port St Francis Harbour
Port St Francis was built to accommodate the large chokka fleet, catching squid mainly between the Tsitsikamma and the Gamtoos River as well as some hake long liners and vessels netting sardines.
Cape St Francis Lighthouse
Cape St Francis has the atmosphere of a fishing village, but is slowly changing as bigger houses are being built. It has great surf at Seal Point, a beautiful beach for walking along and swimming and the fishing is great.
Coastal Cradle of Mankind
The region is the real cradle of mankind, or the coastal cradle of mankind. There is evidence that these mountains, rivers and dunes are the birthplace of modern man (homo sapien-sapien), the entire world’s oldest common ancestors
Heritage Eco Centre
The old NSRI Station at the Granny’s Pool in Harbour Road is now the Heritage Eco Centre, where the history of St Francis Bay and information on the local fishing industry, unique plant species
Penguins Eastern Cape
Penguins Eastern Cape is the only rehabilitation facility for mainly the African Penguin, but other marine birds are also taken here when sick or injured.The hospital only has two full time employees but volunteers out of the community often assist.
Walk The Wild Side
The Wild Side, as locals call the unspoiled beauty of the rocky coastline to the west of Cape St Francis is definitely worth a visit. There are many foot paths that you can follow at your own leisure
Explore Sunset Rocks
Take a drive to the wild side with a picnic basket and a cooler box, park in the parking area, stroll down to the rocks, relax and watch the sun set over the ocean with its beautiful red rays reflecting off and shining through the clouds.
What to Do
Billy’s Beach is back for the 2016 / 2017 summer series, bringing you your very own Summer Paradisco. This year, old and new friends will be returning to this hidden gem, on the way to the canals, and nestled in amongst the trees with its own private dam and white beach sand. Party-goers can expect an impressive line-up, added features and a rocking New Year’s Eve Party.
For almost 15 years golfers and bowlers have been participating in the annual Calamari Classic in St Francis Bay every September. Since 2010 the sporting program has been extended with a two day doubles squash tournament and a sports day at Port St Francis. The events include a 5km/10km run, a swimming event around the jetties (400m, 800m or the Port St Francis Mile), a surfski race while the anything that floats competition takes place around the jetties followed by a 5km trail run and a mountain bike day & night ride. Something for everyone!
New Years Eve Bash
Bring in the new year with a bang, at SA’s largest New Years Eve Bash, THE RUINS! “The Ruins” event has become synonymous with hosting the biggest and best New Years Eve party of the year. The annual event which is hosted in coastal hotspot, St Francis Bay, has pulled crowds of up to 10 000 party goers each year as well as attracted international artists. It should not be missed.
St Francis Mountain Bike Challenge
This takes place at the end on November. The 5km route is within the safety of the St Francis Links. It is fairly flat on the brick-paved roads, suitable for young children. The 15km route is an easy flat route out of the Links onto gravel roads through indigenous bush. The 30km route is the ideal route for the reasonably fit occasional cyclist and includes indigenous forest, jeep and single track with plenty of sea views. The new 70km route has 22km of dirt road towards Oyster Bay after which it is only single track and jeep track with unimpeded views over the ocean. This distance will be hard but enjoyable.
Tuna Fishing Competition
Boats go out for up to 100kms and conditions must therefore be manageable for vessels of all sizes. Anglers will compete in different categories such as Open, Juniors and Women. A weather committee decides if fishing can take place each day.
The public are welcome to watch the daily weigh in on Squid Square at the Port.
As in the past, a kids fun fishing competition will take place on Saturday afternoon from the jetties while waiting for the boats to return from sea. Teams of up to four can enter, each team must have one adult as team member.
Check us out
Out of season – R 170.00 pppn
In season – R 230.00 pppn
High season – R 280.00 pppn
Double/family room –
Out of season – R450.00 pn
In Season – R 550.00 pn
Twin room –Please contact for details
There is no Credit Card facilities but we have Zapper
Facilities in the Center
SHOPS & SERVICES IN THE CENTER:
Pedal & spoke Café
Pizza @ 167
St Francis Brewery
We hire out SUP’s (Stand Up Paddle Boards)
We Hire out Surfboards
We hire out Bicycles
We can also organise Surfing Lessons
Drop Us A Line
Landline Telephone : 042 294 1747
Mobile telephone : 072 551 1450
Please note no after hour check-ins without prior arrangement
Reception hours – 8:30 – 16:00