Located along South Africa’s ‘Sunshine Coast’, between Port Elizabeth and East London, the picturesque town of Port Alfred is a haven of tranquility for nature-lovers wanting to escape the rat-race. With breath-taking views and inescapable beauty, Port Alfred is one of the few places that offer a remarkable range of activities. Here’s our favourite things to do in this small town.
Kowie river cruise
Whether you want to go on a self-powered adventure in a kayak or enjoy a leisurely cruise with a sundowner in hand, the Kowie River offers boats in all shapes, sizes and speed for everyone. Enjoy a fantastic river cruise along the Kowie and explore the canals in the beautiful marina in Port Alfred. Wonderful for the whole family, a romantic cruise or just sitting back and relaxing whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.
Visit the Kowie Hiking Trail and Nature Reserve
The Kowie Hiking Trail is an 8 km two hour easy walking trail through the Kowie Nature Reserve – perfect for families or anyone wanting to enjoy a bit of the outdoors without too much strain and effort. The trail moves through various habitats, from estuarine grassland to riverine and coastal bush, so you will quite a variety of bird species crossing your path. This trail will also give you plenty of time to spend enjoying the scenery and wildlife along the way.
Kelly's Beach on the Sunshine Coast is one of South Africa's prestigious international Blue Flag beaches. The sandy beach is situated near the Kowie River estuary mouth and is well worth a visit. Two viewing decks offer fantastic viewpoints to watch whales, beach goers, and stunning sunsets. It’s a great swimming beach and offers 5-star facilities. Interpretive boards provide interesting information about some of the unique characteristics of this wonderful beach. The Blue Flag Beach award assures cleanliness, safety, amenities and the upkeep of environmental standards.
Port Alfred lies bang smack in the middle of the Sunshine Coast has a temperate climate, sheltered harbour; and the Kowie River emptying itself into the ocean, this is also the perfect destination for a variety of water-oriented activities. Experience the serenity, tranquility and absolute beauty this little town has to offer.
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