- Eastern Cape
- Oyster Bay
Oyster Bay lies on the Eastern Cape coastline, linked to Humansdorp and St Francis Bay, about 22 km away, by dirt roads. This tiny coastal village is a true, nature lovers dream destination and the ideal secluded hideaway.
Oyster Bay is known as a tourist destination, a wonderful place to stay amidst coastal forests, sand dunes, river deltas, wetlands, lagoons, roaming horses and no traffic. The beach in itself is spectacular, boasting long stretches of white unspoilt sand, beautiful rock formations and great waves which makes this little hamlet ideal for young and old visitors.
The village offers an interesting round-up of tourist activities from surfing, sand boarding and hiking to spa treatments, bronzing on the beach and sightseeing. However, tourists are not restricted to the tiny village as Oyster Bay is perfectly situated for day trips to Jeffery’s Bay, 39 km away or Port Elizabeth, a mere 120 km away.
The seaside town boasts the Oyster Bay Lodge and the Oyster Bay Holiday Resort and also offers some self-catering units.
Things to do and see
- Oyster Bay Beach
- Cape St Francis Beach
- Beach Dune Safaris
- Sand Boarding
- Horse Riding
- Guided Bird, Wetland & Fynbos Walk
- Chokka Trail Slack Packing
- Hiking Trails at Oyster Bay Lodge
- Dairy Farm Experience at Oyster Bay Lodge
- Huisklip Hike (Tsitsikamma to St Francis Bay)
- Tsitsikamma National Park, 90 km
- Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St Francis
- St Francis Links Golf Course, St Francis Bay
Oyster Bay receives approximately 683 mm of rain annually with rain falling throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 20˚C.
The area now known as Oyster Bay was once a farm called Graskop.
The local Khoisan community has their cultural heritage linked to this area. The Late Stone Age heritage of the area is directly linked to the heritage of South Africans who are alive today. Particularly relevant is the fact that a high proportion of the middens are less than 2 000 years old, are pottery rich and associated with a time when Khoekhoen herders were the dominant force in the area.
The fish traps found near Oyster Bay, while there is no definitive age of the fish traps, they estimate a range from the late stone age (between 50 000 and 39 000 years ago) with the Khoisan considered the architects. Spanning a period of pre-history between 50 000 and 39 000 years before current era
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