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Port Alfred

Port Alfred is known as the Heart of the Sunshine Coast, situated halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London. The Kowie River runs through the town and it is the base for the large small boat harbour and a very successful residential marina development. The town boasts a wonderful blue flag beach and a great variety of water and ocean based activities.

Port Alfred was originally established by British Settlers who were brought into the country in 1820 to serve as a buffer on the frontier between the colonial farmers and the Xhosa people. Originally two towns were developed on either side of the Kowie river. On the West bank it was named Port Francis and on the East bank it was Port Kowie. In 1860, when Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred visited the region, the town was renamed after him.

Activities at Port Alfred range from deep sea fishing, scuba diving, a canoe trail up the Kowie River, The Royal Port Alfred Golf course and a number of game reserves and guest farms. The nearby towns of Kenton-on-Sea and Boesmansriviermond also attract many holiday makers who seek the relaxation and joy of pristine beaches and rivers. Nearby Bathurst offers art galleries, a visit to an old traditional English pub and a pineapple farm open to visitors.

Tours that include Port Alfred

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

Hole-in-the-Wall

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘northbound’ tour version that starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg.

Highlights: Cape Town , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Oudtshoorn , Route 62 , Garden Route , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Cango Caves , Knysna , Storm’s River Mouth , Coffee Bay , Wild Coast , Hibiscus Coast , San Lameer , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Swaziland , Kruger National Park , Panorama Route , Johannesburg .

Port Alfred attractions

The mouth of the Bushmans River on South Africa's Sunshine Coast and the Indian Ocean beyond.

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast in South Africa stretches from the Tsitsikamma Reserve in the South to East London in the North. Aptly named the Sunshine coast, because it boasts more sunshine hours per year than the rest of sunny South Africa. This is due to the warm Mozambique current that runs along this coast and leads to the moderate temperatures.

Aerial shot of Port Alfred on South Africa's Sunshine Coast, with the Kowie River and Port Alfred Marina visible in the foreground.

Kowie River

The Kowie River in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, has its source in the Grahamstown heights and flows southeast until it empties into the Indian Ocean at Port Alfred. The main tributaries of the Kowie are the Bloukrans, Bak- and Lushington Rivers. The estuarine section of the river stretches from the mouth for 14 km inland.

The Spirit of Adventure, the largest of the vessels used by the Halyards Hotel in Port Alfred for cruises on the beautiful Kowie River.

Kowie River boat cruises

The Kowie River on the Sunshine Coast in South Africa is the main feature of the town of Port Alfred. Recently a new boat for river cruises, the Lady Biscay was launched. It offers boat cruises on the Kowie River. The river can be navigated for 15 km.