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Portofino Guest House

Guest Houses in Port Alfred

All our rooms are en-suite with a shower, toilet and basin. There is DSTV Bouquet, digital safe, tea & coffe faciliti...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Aircon
TV

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R750.0

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Coral Guest Cottages

Cottages, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Quaint old world accommodation with all modern amenities. The little settlers accommodation, with its mid 1800's spor...

Full Kitchen

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R580.0

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Kowie River Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Kowie River Guest House is situated in the heart of the sunshine coast: Port Alfred, Eastern Cape. The Guesthouse of...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
TV
Braai Area
DSTV

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R990

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Beach Crescent House

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Beach Crescent House offers comfortable accommodation in the beautiful main house and in a separate apartment located...

Braai Area
Pet Friendly
Dishwasher
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
DSTV
Wheelchair Friendly
Full Kitchen
TV

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R320

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Sea Valley Villa

Villas in Port Alfred

Sea Valley Villa - attractive , spacious - self catering accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.
Large enclosed garde...

Braai Area
Wheelchair Friendly
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

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R250

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Vonkelwyn en Wurgpatats

Guest Houses, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Vonkelwyn en Wurgpatats is situated in Port Alfred, the jewel of the Eastern Cape. The house is in a quiet neighbourh...

Braai Area
WiFi
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
Laundry facilities
Pet Friendly
Bar
TV

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R1200

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A Villa de Mer

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Port Alfred

A Villa de Mer Guesthouse is a four-star Mediterranean style Guest House located on the beachfront, in upmarket Port ...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Braai Area
TV

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R1142

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The Spinning Reel

Bed and Breakfast, Chalets, Cottages in Port Alfred

The Spinning Reel Cottages, Chalet & B+B are situated on the beach in Port Alfred, heart of the Sunshine Coast, and o...

Braai Area
Parking on Premises
DSTV

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R510

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Settler Sands

Apartments, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Settler Sands is located on the beachfront and at the Kowie River Mouth in Port Alfred, Heart of the Sunshine Coast. ...

Braai Area
Parking on Premises
TV

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R800

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Panorama Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Port Alfred

Situated high on the west bank of the Kowie River in Port Alfred in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, with a sweeping ...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
TV
Braai Area
Internet access
Parking on Premises
Laundry facilities

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R480

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The Lookout Guest House

Guest Houses in Port Alfred

The 5 self-contained units are elegantly furnished, luxuriously appointed and have separate entrances. They are all f...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
Internet access
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
Parking on Premises
Gym

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R540.0

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3040 on Freshwater

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Tucked away along the Eastern Cape bush, 3040 On Freshwater offers peaceful self-catering & guest-house accommodation...

Braai Area
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

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R650.0

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Rugged Rocks Beach Cottages

Self Catering in Port Alfred

The Accommodation varies from double story units to elevated wooden chalets and secluded beach cottages. Rugged Rocks...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
TV
Braai Area
Full Kitchen

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R500

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Beach West

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Port Alfred

The units in the bed and breakfast are equipped with a kettle. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom fitted ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV
Parking on Premises
Internet access
WiFi
Laundry facilities

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R900

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OCEANA BEACH & WILDLIFE RESERVE

Guest Lodge, Holiday Homes in Port Alfred

Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve - could be described as the place at which paradise and earthly perfection meet, wher...

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R4896.0

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Dockside Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Port Alfred

Dockside Guest House is managed by owners Des and Pat Riggien, and you will experience warm and friendly hospitality ...

Braai Area
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DSTV

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R650.0

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Snug Harbour

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Port Alfred

Snug Harbour is 12 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring free Wi-Fi, Snug Harbour offers accommodation in Port Alfre...

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Fireplace

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R800.0

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Villa Majestic

Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering, Villas in Port Alfred

Port Alfred is the Sunshine Mecca of the Eastern Cape. Our villa will become your haven. Villa Majestic will offer yo...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
DSTV
TV
WiFi
Internet access

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R750.0

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Hillscapes

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Port Alfred

Hillscapes sleeps only six guests in three luxury en-suite double rooms. The holistic approach of your hosts, Owen an...

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
DSTV
Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Fireplace
TV

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R1200.0

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Tana's Farm House

Guest Farms, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Tana's Farm House is a working farm involving chicory and commercial beef. The farm has 5 km of pristine coastline an...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
TV

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R2054

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Place on the River

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Place on the River is a well appointed self-catering guest apartment situated on the riverbank of the Kowie River in ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
DSTV
TV
WiFi
Internet access

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R245

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The Halyards Hotel & Spa

Hotels in Port Alfred

The Halyards Hotel lies in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, set along the waterfront of the stunning Royal Alfred Mar...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
TV
WiFi
Bar
Conference Facility
Laundry facilities

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R800

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Westend House

Holiday Homes in Kleinmonde, Port Alfred

The house sleeps 10 comfortably in 5 bedrooms (1 king, 4 twins), all with own bathrooms. Sweeping views of the estuar...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher
TV
Pet Friendly
DSTV

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R1400.0

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1 Milkwood

Bed and Breakfast in Port Alfred

A refreshing alternative to cramped hotel rooms and restrictive B&B's. A home from home, it comfortably sleeps up to ...

Braai Area
Full Kitchen
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher
TV
WiFi
DSTV

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R760.0

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Sheilan House Guesthouse

Guest Houses in Port Alfred

Sheilan House is a modern purpose built guest house with 3 large double rooms, 1 twin or double and 1 family room.
Al...

Swimming Pool
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
DSTV
TV
Parking on Premises
Internet access

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R750.0

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The Cottage

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Port Alfred

The front garden is accessed via an Electric Security gate with ample parking. A large a furnished deck overlooking t...

Braai Area
Aircon
TV
WiFi
DSTV
Full Kitchen
Internet access

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R1800.0

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Oribi Haven

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Farms, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Kasouga Farm stretches along the coastline for about 5kms, with the two cottages and farm house set back about 2kms f...

Braai Area
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
TV

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R700.0

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Bretton Beach Crest Resort

Cottages, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Bretton Beach Crest Resort is located 3km from the Kowie River Mouth along the beach front.

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Braai Area
Pet Friendly
TV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

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R620

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Kelly's Beachfront Apartments

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Port Alfred

Kelly's Beachfront Apartments is a 4 Star facility located right on the beachfront in Port Alfred, perfectly situated...

Braai Area
WiFi
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
TV

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R950

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Mansfield Private Reserve

Game Lodges in Port Alfred

Experience the natural beauty of the Eastern Cape Bushveld at Mansfield Game Reserve. This exclusive reserve is set a...

Swimming Pool
Braai Area
Conference Facility

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R285

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Kleinmonde

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More info about Port Alfred

Port Alfred is a quaint and tiny town in the Eastern Cape, the Jewel of the Sunshine Coast, situated in beautiful scenery where the Kowie River meets the blue Indian Ocean. The Kowie River runs through the picturesque little town, under a huge bridge. The town is built around a gorgeous estuary, and is surrounded by miles of exquisite beaches.

Midway between East London and Port Elizabeth,  Port Alfred was started by settlers coming to Africa to farm the area in the 1820s.  A main crop appears to be pineapples.

The climate is mild and temperate all year, with rain in spring and autumn.

The little village remained remote with a single hotel and few houses, in a farming area, until development of holiday homes began in the 1970's.Port Alfred is now a lovely seaside resort built around a heavenly estuary, in natural surroundings with ocean and river frontages.

A Paradise for Nature lovers , there are magnificent beaches, sand dunes, rock pools, lagoons and seaside forests.

What to Do

The Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape has the most sunshine in South Africa, and is a good place for holidays all year. The climate and clean environment are ideal for relaxing and activities outdoors, and provide a wonderful destination for watersports.

Port Alfred has quad biking, surfing, sailing, kite surfing, water skiing, canoeing, dune boarding, hiking and bird watching . The Eastern Cape is famous for long walks in nature along endless golden beaches. Kelly' s Beach is a beautiful swimming beach at the Kowie river mouth, with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and gentle waves. It is one of South Africa's most magnificent Blue Flag beaches, especially notable for pristine beauty, safety, and amenities. Rock, surf, river, deep sea Fishing and all kinds of angling are available.

The Royal Port Alfred and Fish River Sun are two superb Golf Courses with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The Royal is unusual in that wild animals stroll around the course. The Fish River Sun hotel has a masterpiece course 20 minutes away, designed by Gary Player.

The gorgeous river is navigable for 25 kms inland and a three day Kowie Canoe Trail can be booked to explore the heavenly wildernesses there.The Kleinemonde West River Canoe Trail leaves from Port Alfred’s small boat harbour, and follows the river for 9kms, paddling up stream.Boats and canoes are all available for cruising up the rivers.

There are wonderful Hikes into the Eastern Cape Valley Bushveld to see game farms and reserves inland. Another organised hike along the coast from Port Alfred to Great Fish River, is an amazing experience across miles of remote wilderness, desolate beaches with sand dunes, wild coastal forests, wetlands, river deltas and lagoons. Horse riding trails and safaris are available.

Where the river meets the sea there are great Surfing spots. Rich reefs of soft corals and sponges, and shipwrecks make it an interesting Scuba diving site. For over 200 years over fifty 18th century ships ran aground on shallow banks near Port Alfred. They are still there as maritime law did not decree that they be cut up and removed then, so it attracts divers.

The town has 2 shopping malls. The Rosehill Shopping Centre has branches of main shops like Woolworths, and is a little out of town.The historic Wharf Street in town has a Pick and Pay, antique shops, restaurants, a nightclub and a fresh fish market. There are quayside piers, the quaint old harbour and museums as well as the elegant Royal Albert Marina to wander around. Many artists choose to live in the pure tranquil environment. There are art studios and galleries, and art and craft markets over the weekends.

South Africa's largest Air Flight School is in Port Alfred for pilot training. They do commercial, private and military airplane and helicopter licences, and the school is internationally known as one of the best and fastest places to do pilot training.

Scenic drives are spectacular, the town is surrounded by wide open spaces and beautiful landscapes. There are hills, valleys and rivers as well as beaches.The Sunshine Coast is a 500kms stretch of coastline and Port Alfred is in the middle. There are several game reserves nearby. The Mansfield Reserve is only 6 kms away.

Bathurst is an enchanting little Victorian village out of time 14 kms away . On the way, there is the unexpected puzzling sight of a gigantic pineapple, a couple of stories high, a pineapple museum in the middle of nowhere, to show this is pineapple land. Kenton-on-Sea is 20 kms away, with more glorious remote beaches. Grahamstown is 50kms north.

Where to Eat

Port Alfred has varied delightful places to eat. Some have beach and sea views, others are in river bank gardens, and others have views of valleys, hills and rivers just out of town.All have the relaxed and friendly happy go lucky atmosphere of the small village. The restaurants produce everything from seafood and pizzas to greek and italian food.

Graze by the River is a favourite bistro on the Wharf side of town. The owner makes everything from fresh ingredients from his garden.

The Ocean Basket in a picturesque setting with river views, has seafood and sushi.

The Links Coastal Inn is a pub like restaurant with a great view over the town, and a fire burnung whenevr it is cool. It is a favourite with the people who live there, due to a comfortable atmosphere and really good home style food..

Wharf Street Brewery Pub is a restaurant in the historic old stone walled Customs offices of the town, on the side of the river. Port Alfred has its own brewery here.

The Penny Farthing is a restaurant and cafe at the Duck Pond on the water’s edge, doing excellent breakfasts and lunches.

Zest Cafe and Bakery is a mediterranean casual courtyard restaurant, for breakfasts and lunches.The food is rustic with fresh ingredients from the chef's garden, and tempting cakes.

Barmudas serve cocktails and meals outside on the river banks, with an amazing serene view across the river.

Guido's in Beach Drive is a large restaurant in an impressive setting, with outside decks overlooking the river, beaches and sea. The food is Italian with a wood fire pizza oven. Halyards have a restaurant also on the overlooking the small boat harbour.

Where to Stay

There are luxury lodges and hotels, everything from graceful holiday houses on the Marina, guest houses, cottages on the beach, to hiking huts.The peaceful tranquil town has many options for comfortable accommodation. There are stunning modern houses with glorious views over the sea or canals, and several excellent hotels.

Transport

The R67 to Grahamstown in the north connects to the N2 highway. The R72 goes to East London 120 kms away, or Port Elizabeth 155 kms to the west in the other direction. The nearest airport is at East London and the easiest solution is to rent a car and drive to Port Alfred as there is not much traffic.The motorways are perfect for motor bike journeys.

Do you Know

In 1841 a man made harbour was constructed but it was not a success as a commercial harbour. Therefore, without a harbour, the British did not build a road and rail system as they did elsewhere in South Africa, as in the Western Cape and Natal. The area remained undeveloped with large farms, and wild undisturbed landscapes along the coastline.

The most dramatically beautiful and spectacular coastline of South Africa is thus the least frequented, luckily for those who know it. Cape Town and Durban are more well known tourism cities.

Modern day Maritime Law decrees that wrecks are cut up and removed for safety, but that was not so in the 18th century. Many ships ran aground near Port Alfred, rather a misnomer, not much of a port at all.

A lighthouse at the Fish River mouth 25 kms away, was built finally in 1898. The powerful light of the tiny lighthouse still flashes out to sea every 10 seconds, warning ships of the shallow reef banks out of Port Alfred.

In World War 2 the British Government built 5 Pilot training Schools in Port Alfred in order to train as many bomber and gunner pilots as fast as possible, as the weather is so good and mostly permitting. This is how, strangely, this tiny village today has an enormous beautifully laid out landscaped flying school with 70 instructors and  extensive wide flying fields.

Research had indicated that Port Alfred had the Best climate in the British Empire, which stretched across the world then. This is how SA's biggest pilot school came to be here.