Port Alfred

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Port Alfred is a town on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is situated at the mouth of the Kowie River, almost exactly midway between Port Elizabeth in the west and East London in the east. It boasts fabulous beaches that stretch for many kilometres in both directions.

Get in

By Car

From Port Elizabeth take the N2 east then the R72 along the coast via Kenton.
From East London take the R72 south-west along the coast.
From Grahamstown take the R67 south via Bathurst.

Get around

Port Alfred is small enough that the entire town can easily be covered on foot. It is a pleasant walk from town along the west bank of the Kowie River to the beach (via Causeway and Beach Road). There are beaches on the eastern side of the Kowie River mouth as well but these are quite a bit further as you have to walk around the Royal Alfred Marina.


  • Kowie Museum, +27 (0)82 433 5662.
  • The Great Fish Point Lighthouse, +27 (0) 46 675 1067.
  • Kap River Nature Reserve, +27 (0) 46 624 1140.


Boating and Cruising

  • Halyards Boats, +27 (0) 46 604 3300.
  • Boat Registrations, +27 (0) 46 624 4587.
  • Kowie River Cruises, +27 (0) 46 624 1727.
  • Let’s Go Cruises, +27 (0) 46 624 1866.
  • Lightleys Holiday House Boat, +27 (0) 44 386 0007.
  • Predator Charters, +27 (0) 82 495 9971. Deep sea charters
  • Outdoor Focus, +27 (0) 46 624 4432.
  • Kowie Canoe Trail, +27 (0) 46 624 4432. 1-3 day trail

Fishing - Whether you prefer reef, river, estuary, deep sea or coastal fishing, there are plenty of incredible locations within the Sunshine Coast to choose from. Port Alfred is famous for having the distinction of being the third largest “line fishing port” in South Africa.

Diving - The shores of the Sunshine Coast are host to the most unique diving experience in the Eastern Cape. This part of the coast is famous for soft coral reefs, numerous wrecks that dot the shores and the incredible “Lunar landing” where crayfish in the hundreds live and breed.

Horse riding and hiking trails

  • Three Sisters Horse Trails, +27 (0) 82 645 6354. In kleinemonde
  • Horse Shoe Bend Reserve, +27 (0) 46 624 1140.
  • Kap River Nature Reserve, +27 (0) 46 624 1140.


  • The Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, +27 (0) 46 624 4796, [1]. The Royal Port Alfred Golf Course has a sea view you will never forget. This 18-hole course was laid out between 1907 and 1915 and was given royal status by King George V
  • The Fish River Sun Golf Course, +27 (0) 40 676 1101, [2]. This Golf Course is only 40 kilometres away from Port Alfred
  • Green Fountain Farm Resort Driving Range, +27 (0) 46 624 5859, [3]. Perfectly situated between two great golf courses is the Green Fountain Farm Resort Driving Range. They offer a full driving range, an immaculate putting green and a practice bunker.

Game Viewing

  • Kariega Game Reserve, +27 (0) 46 636 7904, [4]. This Golf Course is only 40 kilometres away from Port Alfred



  • The Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar, The Anchorage, Gluckman Rd, +27( 46) 624 5778. The locals' favourite - beautiful setting on Demper's Lagoon. Excellent food and laidback atmosphere.



  • Green Fountain Farm Resort, 046 624 5859 (), [7]. Green Fountain Farm Resort is perfectly situated on the Sunshine Coast in beautifully appointed thatched chalets, fully equipped for self catering.

  • Drop Anchor Guest Cottage, +27(046)6243376 (). Self catering, free standing, secure cottage sleeping 4 persons near golf course, beach and village.
  • Sundowner Guesthouse, +027(041)4680173 (). Selfcatering units sleep 4, private entrance,secure parking,full bathrooms, equipped kitchens,fans,heaters,TV.All toiletries,coffee,tea,Biscuits complimentary. Breakfast available .3.5 km from new Addopark Southern Gate. Rivercruises,fishing,watersports & dune walks etc.
  • Turning Tides B&B/SC, +27 (046) 624 4700 (), [8]. We offer a Garden Cottage and a Studio (bedsitter), both of which are fully equipped for self-catering. Breakfast can be provided, if required. Turning Tides is situated close to Port Alfred's CBD, the Kowie River, and at least three restaurants.

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