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Escape from the hustle and bustle and suspend time. Experience the serenity, tranquility and absolute beauty this little town has to offer. With breathtaking views and inescapable beauty, Port Alfred is one of the few places that offer a remarkable range of activities. The atmosphere is tranquil yet abuzz with outdoor activities including:

The beaches are voted the best in South Africa. There are splendid swimming beaches - including Kelly's Blue Flag beach. Never before have you seen such long stretches of clean unspoilt white beaches with tidal pools and an abundance of shell life. Watch out for the dolphins and the humpback whales whilst taking a walk.

Humpback whales
Port Alfred

Fishing is fantastic in Port Alfred with a range of deep sea, rock, surf and river. There are also deep sea charter trips available and a marina to moor / dock your boat. Don't like the fuss of launching your boat on the beach - then Port Alfred is a great destination as launching the boat in the marina is quick and easy.

There is excellent scuba diving in Port Alfred with fantastic year-round diving at Fountain Rocks, a breeding ground for the ragged tooth shark. Port Alfred dive sites are famous for soft coral, the numerous wrecks that dot around our shores and unknown to many, the incredible "Lunar landing" which is where crayfish in their hundreds live and breed. The best season for diving in Port Alfred is during the winter months (late March to late August), with the two best months being June and July. The average visibility (in diveable conditions) is around 6-10m (20-33ft), but it can be up to 20m (66ft) on exceptional days. The water temperature ranges from 12-18°C (54-65°F) but can reach 25°C (77°F) occasionally in January, in which case it is usually very clean as well.

Surfing is great in Port Alfred and also a good place for beginners to learn as there are no rocks and beginners don't have to venture too far out as there are sandbanks close to the shore. The point break on the East Beach is one of the best surfing spots in South Africa. There are also many other water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, waterskiing, pedalos for hire, boats for hire, jet-skiing and river cruises.

For a magical river cruise along the Kowie River in Port Alfred, we recommend Let's Go Cruises as they cruise along the river and around the little canals in the marina - this is an unforgettable experience and one not to be missed. This boat rides out 4-5km and back again with the trip lasting around 1.45 hours. The river boat seats up to 40 passengers and has a toilet on board. Cruise times: 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Bookings are essential, please contact Alida on 046 6241866 or 0724474801.

Golf - The Royal Port Alfred
Big Pineapple

Golf - The Royal Port Alfred which is one of only four Royals in the country and is an experience not to be missed. This is one of the true links courses in South Africa and is set on rolling hills with indigenous bush, game and sea views. The course is 5 800 meters and has a unique layout. There is also the Fish River Golf Course designed by Gary Player. This is an 18-hole course stretching out along the Indian Ocean coastline.

Bathurst is a 10 minute drive from Port Alfred. The main road is lined with fascinating shops, art galleries and open artist's studios, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. There are many places of historic interest including Brandshaw's Mill, the panoramic viewpoint of The Toposcope and many settler buildings and churches of architectural and historic significance. Other places of interest are the Big Pineapple and the Bathurst Agricultural Museum. The Horse Shoe Bend and Water's Meeting Nature Reserve are a must for environment enthusiasts.

There are various Horse Riding options available in and around Port Alfred. You can choose to ride a horse through game reserves or along the beautiful pristine coastline and onto the beaches.

There are many, many hiking trails in and around Port Alfred and you will find something for everyone. You can hike through nature reserves, along the wild, unspoilt beaches and see an array of wildlife and birds.

There are many game and nature reserves around Port Alfred and you will find something to suit all budgets. You can choose from doing a self-drive safari to tour operated ones. You can also explore some of the game reserves by quad bike or horseback.

Addo Elephant Park
Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant Park is a must. Many people throughout the world consider East Africa to be the ultimate African experience, yet annually the Addo Elephant National Park attracts more visitors that the Serengeti National Park. Elephant viewing at Addo is rated as the best in the world. Visitors have the option of self-drive excursions into the park or they can make use of professional services offered by the Park. Well-trained guides accompany guests on open game-drive vehicles for day and night drives. The dense thicket is ideal elephant country and can support four times the density of elephants that the Kruger National Park.

If hunting is your thing, then the Eastern Cape is the leading game hunting province by far and is a sought-after destination for hunters from all over the world.

There are endless opportunities for you to enjoy the outdoors. Let your hosts, Pat and Des assist you in planning your stay and experiencing all that Port Alfred has to offer.

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