Port Alfred

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Port Alfred showing a coastal town, boating and a marina

Find great beaches, charming markets, outdoor adventures and the chance to spot South Africa’s famous wildlife at this Sunshine Coast town.

Long stretches of beach, plenty of sunshine, game reserves and a scenic marina make Port Alfred an enticing destination. English settlers founded Port Alfred as a fishing village in the early 1800s, where the Kowie River meets South Africa’s Sunshine Coast. Today, this laid-back town blends its fishing heritage with a lively beach atmosphere and modern attractions.

Port Alfred’s town center is an unhurried collection of streets lined with colorful low-rise buildings. Stroll along Wharf Street to find food markets, restaurants and an antique store. Take a tour of the Wharf Street Brew Pub and enjoy live music events at the Little Theatre on the Wharf. Learn about the town’s English settlers at the nearby Kowie Museum.

Go to Royal Alfred Marina and check out the exclusive waterfront neighborhood set on five islands. Cross the Kowie River via Port Alfred Bridge and walk along the scenic Beach Road to the Indian Ocean and beaches on either side of the river mouth.

West Beach is a long and pretty stretch of gold-colored sand. This family-friendly beach is a great place for safe swimming and collecting shells. Watersports centers, located downtown, can arrange scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing and whale-watching excursions. On the opposite side of the river is East Beach, where bigger waves roll in from the ocean. Come here to watch surfers and kitesurfers, or try sandboarding down the huge dunes.

Explore the meandering Kowie River by kayaking and hiking on the Kowie River Canoe Trail. The trail travels upriver to the Water Meeting Nature Reserve, where you can hike through forests and spot the endangered barred owl. Play 18 holes at the century-old Royal Port Alfred Golf Course.

Port Alfred is about a 2-hour drive from both Port Elizabeth and East London. The town is best reached via rented car. Port Alfred's consistently mild climate makes it a great year-round destination. The town is also a gateway to superb game parks. Go in search of South Africa’s famous “big five” at Shamwari Game Reserve and Sibuya Game Reserve.

Mansfield Game Reserve
Mansfield Game Reserve
3 out of 5
6 Km from Port Alfred on R67, Towards Bathurst, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
The price is $48 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Port Alfred, this campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fish River Sun Golf Course, East Beach, and St John's Anglican Church. The Royal Port Alfred ...
3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Wonderful
"Wonderful experience in such a tranquil setting. Am definately going back."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Mansfield Game Reserve
Royal St. Andrews Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa
Royal St. Andrews Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa
4 out of 5
19 St. Andrews Road, West Bank, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
The price is $75 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in West Bank, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club and Kelly's Beach. Fish River Sun Golf Course and East Beach ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Royal St Andrews Hotel
"The room was spacious and clean. The breakfast of crispy chicken livers and the Royal Egg benedict with trout was delicious!!!"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Royal St. Andrews Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa
My Pond Hotel
My Pond Hotel
3.5 out of 5
33 Van Der Riet Street, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fish River Sun Golf Course, The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club, and East Beach. Kelly's Beach is 1.3 mi ...
4/5Very Good! (32 reviews)
Friendly trainee staff...small rooms
"Surrounds on the river side of hotel are pleasant. Unfortunately we were told when there was no hot water that it would only be fixed the following day, with no management on site. The standard room has a double bed size only with no extra length. Staff are predominantly trainees at hotel but are ..."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

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My Pond Hotel
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Mansfield Game Reserve
Mansfield Game Reserve
3 out of 5
6 Km from Port Alfred on R67, Towards Bathurst, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
The price is $48 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in Port Alfred, this campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fish River Sun Golf Course, East Beach, and St John's Anglican Church. The Royal Port Alfred ...
3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Wonderful
"Wonderful experience in such a tranquil setting. Am definately going back."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Mansfield Game Reserve
First Group Kowie River Chalets
First Group Kowie River Chalets
3 out of 5
Oriole Road, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
The price is $108 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
This family-friendly Port Alfred apartment building is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kelly's Beach and The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. East ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"What an amazing trip I had looking forward for longer stay at this wonderful property,everything was amazing really."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

First Group Kowie River Chalets
Modern and Eclectic Home on the Marina
Modern and Eclectic Home on the Marina
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
Situated in Port Alfred, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Fish River Sun Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of East Beach and The Royal Port Alfred Golf ...
Modern and Eclectic Home on the Marina
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