Africa Deluxe Tours Mouth of the Bushmans River

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. As it lies between South Africa’s winter and summer rainfall regions, rain is spread fairly evenly over the whole year, averaging between 600 and 700 mm per year.

This coastal belt is dotted with small holiday villages, river estuaries, and game reserves. The towns of Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea and Boesmansriviermond can be seen as the heart of the Sunshine coast. The largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. A big attraction of this stretch of coastline is due to the fact that it is not as commercialised as other coastal regions and caters especially for clients who prefer to enjoy holidays close to nature.

Visitors may go in search of the “big six” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and whales) in the Addo National Elephant Park, the greater Addo of includes a marine reserve. Many of the private game reserves also include the big five. Some other activities include swimming, beach combing, fishing, surfing and hiking.

Tours that include Sunshine Coast

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 .

Sunshine Coast attractions

A storm wave breaks over one of the piers that guard the Kowie River Mouth at Port Alfred on South Africa's Sunshine Coast.

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.

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.