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Bridge over the Kowie River

Port Alfred is a town on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is situated at the mouth of the Kowie River, almost exactly midway between Port Elizabeth in the west and East London in the east. It boasts fabulous beaches that stretch for many kilometres in both directions.

Get in

Map of Port Alfred

By car


From Port Elizabeth take the N2 east then the R72 along the coast via Kenton.
From East London take the R72 south-west along the coast.
From Grahamstown take the R67 south via Bathurst.

Get around


Port Alfred is small enough that the entire town can easily be covered on foot. It is a pleasant walk from town along the west bank of the Kowie River to the beach (via Causeway and Beach Road). There are beaches on the eastern side of the Kowie River mouth as well but these are quite a bit further as you have to walk around the Royal Alfred Marina.





Boating and cruising

  • Halyards Boats, +27 46 604-3300.
  • Boat Registrations, +27 46 624-4587.
  • Kowie River Cruises, +27 46 624-1727.
  • Let’s Go Cruises, +27 46 624-1866.
  • Lightleys Holiday House Boat, +27 44 386-0007.
  • Predator Charters, +27 82 495-9971. Deep sea charters
  • Outdoor Focus, +27 46 624-4432.
  • Kowie Canoe Trail, +27 46 624-4432. 1-3 day trail
  • Fishing: Whether you prefer reef, river, estuary, deep sea or coastal fishing, there are plenty of incredible locations within the Sunshine Coast to choose from. Port Alfred is famous for being the third largest “line fishing port” in South Africa.
  • Diving: The shores of the Sunshine Coast are host to the most unique diving experience in the Eastern Cape. This part of the coast is famous for soft coral reefs, numerous wrecks that dot the shores and the incredible “Lunar landing” where crayfish in the hundreds live and breed.

Horse riding and hiking trails




Game viewing





  • The Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar, The Anchorage, Gluckman Rd, +27 46 624-5778. The locals' favouritein a beautiful setting on Demper's Lagoon. Excellent food and laidback atmosphere.

Isigwamba (spinach with maize meal


  • The Lounge @ The Square - Popular, modern club for students
  • Beach Club - A typical coastal pub with a beach feeling, and it often has fun promo events.
  • Roxy - Club right on the beach front.
  • Highlander - Typical British style pub. Good food too.
  • Barmuda - Cocktail bar on the bank of the Kowie River



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