Nestled on the banks of the Kowie River Port Alfred was established by a group of English settlers in the early 1800s. It’s now a thriving commercial and residential town whilst still retaining its fishing village charm.
Known locally as the ‘heart of the sunshine coast’ Port Alfred lies on Route 72 halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London. Port Alfred boasts a temperate climate right throughout the year with rainfall in the spring and autumn months, making it an ideal destination for water sports. The Kowie River is navigable for approximately 28kms upstream. Attractions in the area include boat cruises, various hiking trails rich in indigenous flora and local wildlife, horse riding, canoeing, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and golfing.
Port Alfred is home to the well known Kowie River Canoe Trail – a 40km-long return paddle and a 12km hike. Participants navigate the river to Waters Meeting Nature Reserve near Bathurst and then hike through forests famous for sheltering endangered barred owls.
The town of Port Alfred attracts large numbers of holiday makers to its shores annually, much like Jeffrey’s Bay. One can collect shells on the beaches with over 1800 different types of seashells to admire and choose from. For those in search of dry land activities, there is always the Gary Player golf course at the Fish River Sun Hotel, several game reserves such as the famous Shamwari within close proximity, a handful of small shopping centres, a cinema, scrumptious restaurants and a marketplace.