A Little Bit of Magic in the Eastern Cape South Africa – Port Alfred

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.

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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.