Wild cape bush, wide open beaches, sweet pineapples and vast rivers ... Welcome to Port Alfred, our little town nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Exactly half way between Port Elizabeth and East London, and a hop, skip and a jump from one of South Africa's many historical towns, Grahamstown (known as an educational hub within South Africa and as home to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival), it's no wonder Port Alfred has found a place in many a heart as home, retirement or holiday destination. Famed for the Royal Port Alfred Marina, Port Alfred has grown steadily to become one of the top holiday destinations in South Africa, and it's no wonder. Whether you choose to enjoy a trip to one of South Africa's premier malaria free Game Reserves, sit back on the banks of the Kowie River, relax on the beach, have an adventure out at sea, or even book yourself into a spa, or escape to the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, it can all be done here. Make sure you claim your own piece of this paradise, that we call home!
The Sunshine Coast has 300km of coastline, 10 rivers, and a small boat harbour in Port Alfred. Boating, canoeing and water sports are arguably the most popular activities in the area. The Kowie River is navigable for 22km. Canoeing is popular in Kleinemonde, the Kap River, as well as on the Kowie River in Port Alfred. The picturesque small boat harbour in Port Alfred is situated alongside the Royal Alfred Marina and is home to private boats of all descriptions, from private ski boats, fishing boats, millionaire's yachts, canoes and rafts. Across the river, at the mouth of the harbour, is the Ski Boat Club, host to the National Sea Rescue Institute.
Drive east from Port Alfred on the R72 and turn off on the gravel road to Riet River, just before Kleinmonde. Park outside the security gates of the Riet River resort and follow the muddy waters of the sluggish river past a few rustic beach cottages down to the beach. The river supports a number of water birds and you might hear the piercing call of fish eagle as you walk. When you arrive at the beach, turn left and walk until you get to a huge rocky outcrop; this is the first of the Three Sisters. Continue from the first outcrop around a pretty bay to the second larger sister, then on to the third sister, which is very close. Exploring the pools and caves is fantastic and bird life is abundant if you're a birder.
The small village of Kleinemonde lies on twin rivers (East and West Kleinemonde) that flow into the sea via lagoons after the rains. These lagoons and rivers offer a wonderland for water lovers, with activities like swimming, canoeing, fishing, boating, and sailing to be enjoyed. The beach is ideal for early morning or evening strolls, where one can be at one with nature, with nothing but the sight, sound, and smell of the sea to surround you. These river banks are covered in indigenous vegetation and cycads that add to the already incredible atmosphere. Bird life abounds in this area.
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It is recommended that you:
Always swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard - Kelly's Beach is our Blue Flag Beach
Do NOT swim at the West Beach Pier due to rip current
Never swim alone
Don't dive into unfamiliar waters - what may seem deep could be very shallow. Feet first is safer.
Protect your skin from over exposure to UVA and UVB rays by wearing waterproof sunscreen with a high protection factor of 20+.
Drink plenty of water regularly to avoid dehydration even if you don't feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool and to replace lost salts through sweating.
The Royal Alfred Marina offers an exclusive lifestyle on the water's edge. With 24 hour security, this gated estate offers peace of mind to residents and holiday makers alike. Call Harcourts Port Alfred to find your dream home, where every day will make you feel like you're on holiday.
In 1839, William Cock and George Hodgkinson started to block the natural river mouth to the east and canalise the present opening to the sea. By 1841 South Africa's first man-made harbour was opened after completion of the stone lined channel between the ocean and the Kowie river.
Summer lasts from mid-November to mid-March and is characterized by hot, sunny weather and thunderstorms that clear relatively quickly. The only exception is the Western Cape where due to the Mediterranean climate, the rain falls during the winter months.
Autumn lasts from mid-February to April and is characterized by little rain and warm weather which is ideal for travelling and sightseeing.
Winter lasts from May to July and is characterized by cold, crisp days and cold nights in the plateau region. Spring lasts from September to mid-October and the weather starts to get warmer.
The 250-berth Small Boat Harbour boasts a launching ramp that easily accommodates all our property owners’ craft. Boats can be used 24/7 – even when the tide is out. Boats can go to sea or travel up the Kowie River for approximately 22 km.
The small town of Kleinemonde lies on twin rivers (East and West Kleinemonde) that flow into the sea via lagoons after the rains.