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Port Alfred and Surrounds

Gallery of Port Alfred Pics

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!



Three Sisters at Riet River



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. Many families have spent their days enjoying our pristine beaches and rock pools at this popular landmark, just a short walk from Riet River. For the adventurous, a climb onto the top of the outcrops will ensure the most amazing views of the landscape. Watching the waves crashing against the rocks is truly a magnificent sight. Fisherman regularly fish off these outcrops. This is well worth your energy if you love the beach.





Sea Chant on the Kowie River

Team Harcourts Port Alfred aboard Sea Chant, which is the largest sea going vessel built in Port Alfred. This pleasure craft was built by Dennis Schultz and his sons, owners of Supercat Marine in Port Alfred. This craft is currently moored opposite the Port Alfred River and Ski Boat Club on the Kowie River in Port Alfred.


Kelly's Beach In Season

Small Boat Harbour in Port Alfred

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.



Kowie River in Port Alfred

Port Alfred was established in the early 1820s by British Settlers who were moved into the area by Lord Charles Somerset as a buffer between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa people. Originally, it was two separate towns (settlers arriving on the west bank in 1820 named their settlement Port Kowie, and those arriving on the east bank named theirs Port Frances

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.



Port Alfred at Sunset




Boat Moorings and Private Jetties




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. For convenience, you'll find a small shop, a pub and restaurant and the gorgeous little Kleinemonde chapel.



Royal Alfred Marina

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.




Interesting Facts



Royal Alfred Marina - Then and Now

Port Alfred Beaches

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.


Beachlife in Port Alfred


West Beach in the Mist

Agricultural Properties in the Port Alfred Area



West Beach Pier, Port Alfred

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.


Luxury Property Selection Magazine


Port Alfred is situated at the heart of the Sunshine Coast, with the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa. The picturesque town of Port Alfred offers a lifestyle like no other. Surrounded by game reserves, mostly Big 5, and with over 400 recorded bird species in the area, the combination of beach and bush makes Port Alfred the ultimate pristine outdoor experience.

Port Alfred’s pristine golden beaches stretch for kilometres to the east and west and offer the very best bathing at Kelly’s Blue Flag beach, and the renowned East Beach is a surfing, hikers and dog walker’s paradise.

The exquisite 250 berth Small Boat Harbour is situated alongside the Royal Alfred Marina, offering exclusive living with private Islands linked by arched bridges across canals affording navigational ease for water crafts moving around the marina and allowing direct access to the Indian Ocean.

Over and above the beauty of Port Alfred, come meet the friendly locals and make your holiday last a lifetime.

Luxury Property Selection Magazine - April 2019


Fishing Spots in Port Alfred

Fish enthusiasts can get their fix in and around Port Alfred with excellent fishing in the Kowie River.

With endless options of both salt and freshwater fishing hot spots - you are spoiled for choice with where to drop your bait.




Kelly's Beach at Spring Tide October 2019

Water Levels Rise during the October 2019 Spring Tide


Kleinemonde Beaches