ATTRACTIONS in, & around Port Alfred.

VOTED BY 'GETAWAY MAGAZINE' JULY 2001. AS THE BEST SEASIDE RESORT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.
They are so numerous, that you will find yourself spending hours here, just clicking away and dreaming!
When entering Port Alfred, one is naturally drawn to the brightly coloured tourism building, which features as a tourist attraction in itself.  Here, you will be welcomed by a dynamic, vibrant team, who are totally committed to the enjoyment and satisfaction of the visitors who come into the office.
 

Eaden Young jnr, painting the T.i.C office in May 2000

Here, you will be able to pick up maps, brochures & browse through the numerous card stands  & members products that are for sale & enjoy, for a brief moment, the friendliness & concerned interest of the committed staff.
The office has email facilities, faxing for your convenience and a booking service for many of the attractions and accommodation establishments of the town & the surrounding areas.

There too, you will be able to arrange, structured tours to suit your family or party.

We have listed here, for ease & enjoyment, many of the 'must see' must do attractions for you to peruse.

     Our local Rotary club.

Surfing spots: crunchie rocks
 

   We have the waves, come and try them!
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Sunset with a commercial fisherman coming home.
We always know when they have caught fish, the gulls sit on the banks of the river waiting for  the boats.

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Remember! we are only and hour & 25 minutes from the two major cities, Port Elizabeth & East London. Both of these cities have airports.
If? you are fortunate enough to own your own plane, then 5 minutes from Port Alfred we have the most sought after, world renowned air/training school in ZA! 43 air school attracts potential pilots from all over the world.
Situated on the grounds and utilizing the buildings of the aerodrome that was built in 1945. This was used to train pilots during the war.
patourism@intekom.co.za

WEATHERSTAR. The only shop of it's kind in the Southern hemisphere! When coming to Port alfred, do visit the shop.  You will find gifts so rare, so exquisitely hand made, so unique, that you spend hours browsing and chatting to the owner Eaden. His nautical marine gifts lines are superior in manufacture and range. You will find gifts for all, or any occasion.

Eaden is a master cabinet maker, semi retired now, but able and willing to construct or manufacture any timber item you desire. He designs and manufactures corporate gift lines, and trophies of all sizes for sporting achievements. Engraving is undertaken as well. Campbell Street.

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THREE  SISTERS TRAILS.

  • 14 kilometres from P.A.
  • Hiking trails through indigenous riverine forest.
  • Stay overnight at 'Loerie's Loft, a rustic tree house overhanging the river in a secluded gorge.
  • No access to vehicles.
  • Abundant bird life.
  • Swimming, canoeing & fishing.
  • Panoramic views.
  • Glorious horse trails.

  • jan_webb@hotmail.com
      or phone. (046-675-1269)

                      RUFANES RIVER TRAILS.
    Horse trails through pristine dune forest with stunning views onto the beach, for and exhilarating experience.
    MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS THROUGH AN UNSPOILED COASTAL FARM; RICH IN BIRDLIFE AND GAME SUITABLE FOR NOVICES & EXPERIENCED RIDERS.
    NOCTURNAL GAME DRIVES TO VIEW GAME ADAPTED TO A
    COMMERCIAL FARM SIT AROUND OUR CAMPFIRE WITH A
    STEAMING CUP OF COFFEE AND LISTEN TO THE PEACEFUL
    SOUNDS OF OUR BUSH.
    STUNNING BIRDWATCHING.
    ONLY 5Km FROM PORT ALFRED
    CONTACT DAVE OR ALISON LEGG (046)6241469 OR (082)697 1297.     email legg@xsinet.co.za

     
       THARFIELD FARM & GUEST COTTAGE
  • Cottage accommodation for 4 people. Single beds & all amenities.
  • Magnificent views.
  • Secure parking
  • 14 kilometres from Port Alfred.
  • Peaceful rustic farm atmosphere on one of the most beautiful & historic farms in the Eastern Cape.
  • Nature & horse riding, canoes and walking trails.
  • Bird watching with an expert.
  • Your hosts Tom & Liz Webb. phones: 082-822-6508 or box 41 Port Alfred. Eastern Cape South Africa. 6170

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      HUTCH'S BOATS
  • Situated for your convenience in the Halyards Hotel grounds.
  • Open 7 days a week.
  • BOAT HIRE.
  • Pedaloes & canoes, row boats & self drive boats.
  • RIVER CRUISES!
  • Rates are available on request. Senior citizens & under teens with adults welcome. (half fare).
  • fax/phone  046-624-2862
  • cell 082-659-9513
  • Hutch & spouse own the "DOCK SIDE CURIO SHOP" in the Halyards grounds. Do visit there.

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      KOWIE HISTORY MUSEUM
    phone 046-624-4713.
    A tiny museum, situated in the old Post Office building.
    Open only in the mornings, unless arrangements are made for groups.
    We would like to mention here, our gratitude at the many businesses who continually support and maintain our lovely little museum. They are too numerous to list here, but they are the staunch supporters of all tourist and tourism initiatives. Our eternal thanks to you all.

    HIKES & WALKS
    KOWIE CANOE TRAIL

    The two day Kowie Canoe trail in the double canoes is an unforgettable experience.
    Combining a canoe trip up the lovely Kowie River & the voluntary tramping trail through indigenous forest 21 km up stream.    This nature conservation trail can be tackled by anyone from 12 to 70 years & requires no special skills.  Of course it does need a certain amount of stamina and good weather.   Younger children can ride with an adult.   Six double Canoes are available.    Canoeists sleep in simple wooden 4 roomed chalets at Horseshoe Band, where fresh water & braai wood is provided.

    BOOKINGS: Write to Kowie Canoe Trail. c/o Riverside Caravan Park.  Box 217 Port Alfred 6170 or telephone 046-624-2230  It is advisable to book well in advance for weekends or holidays.  Maximum 12 people.  Cost R25.00 per night per person for Forestry overnight permit.

    KOWIE HIKING TRAIL
    This nature conservation hiking trail gives nature lovers & bird watchers an opportunity to hike about through 8 kilometres of bush along the banks of the river.  It is inside the Kowie Nature reserve.
    There are two braai areas & toilet facilitates. Open between 07.00 & 17.00. It is really special.
    Stunning Alexandria Forest and Dune.
                 Hiking Trail
                        Enthusiastic hikers to the Eastern
                        Cape are discovering the
                        delights of an enchanting two-day
                        forest and dune trail outside the
                        village of Alexandria, about an
                        hours drive from Port Elizabeth on the East
                        London coastal road.
                        The Alexandria Forest and Dune Hiking Trail
                        takes hikers through the picturesque Woody
                        Cape Nature Reserve giving them a chance to
                        experience pristine beaches, active dune
                        fields and magnificent indigenous forest.

                        There are two huts on the hike. The Langebos
                        hut is usually used the night before the hike to
                        enable an extra early start in the morning. The
                        next night the Woody Cape hut is used after a
                        day of trekking through indigenous forest,
                        dune vegetation and finally beach. Day twos
                        trek takes you through dune fields, forest and
                        grassland. A minimum booking of three
                        people and a maximum of 12 people is
                        allowed. Hikers must bring their own sleeping
                        bags, food, firewood etc.

                        The hike is extremely popular during
                        weekends and holidays so early bookings are
                        essential.

                        The cost is R 25 per person per night that
                       includes the use of the huts. Further
                        information available from Nollie Bosman of
                        Cape Nature Conservation at Tel: (046) 653
                        0601 Fax: (046) 653 0302.
     

    a view of the sea, from the cliffs as you hike here.
    It is not an easy hike, despite  what anybody says. The forests are amazing, but the beach is tough and the steep cliff is awesome!
    Day 2. Over the dunes is like trekking through the desert, you slip& slide and if you make it through the woody cape bush? IT IS THE MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE EVER!    The views from the cliff are absolutly magnificent. Not for a weak heart or heavy smoker.
    Kids on the other hand, just run it.
     

    More attractions

    Here is just a taste of the attractions we have around here. Horseshoe bend. MIND BLOWING!

        for your enjoyment, the list of hiking trails we have compiled.