A Little Bit of Magic in the Eastern Cape South Africa – Port Alfred
For anyone travelling to South Africa, try not to miss out on a little town in the Eastern Cape called Port Alfred which is set on the warm Indian Ocean, with kilometres of sand dunes in both directions; Port Alfred is a magical little town which offers a taste of everything. For all you water enthusiasts out there, Port Alfred has a wide range of activities from fishing, surfing, scuba diving and canoeing.
Its history is closely linked with the 1820 settlers. A monument on the side of the Kowie where the settlers crossed the river and a church with settlers’ gravestones are a just a few attractions in the town.
The friendly village atmosphere and beautiful climate make it the perfect place to visit. The unique arched bridge which crosses the Kowie River provides a landmark for all those visiting or passing through. Each evening, the bridge is lit up with a wonderful display of multicoloured lights for all to enjoy. This is especially a delight watching from the banks of the Kowie or on a boat with a glass of wine in your hand.
As mentioned, the town is popular with surfers and scuba divers. A visit to the Dive and Adventure Centre provides all the information and services on offer in the area. The golden beaches and huge sand dunes provide great sand-boarding opportunities for the kids and relaxing long walks for the adults. The town also has a real mix of shopping facilities including small antiques shops, art galleries and lovely restaurants.
If flying is your thing, then Port Alfred doesn’t disappoint. The world class No 43 Flying School founded on a WW1 airstrip has the finest flying school teaching facilities in the Southern hemisphere.
There are also some marvellous hikes available including beach hikes. You could always enjoy a fabulous horseback ride along the pristine beaches via the Milkwood dune forests. For golfers there are two excellent 18 hole golf courses – the Fish River Sun course designed by Gary Player and the Royal Port Alfred set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.