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Port Alfred

© SA Tourism© SA TourismPort Alfred or Kowie, as it is affectionately known to the locals, is at the mouth of the Kowie River. As the name suggests, this was once a commercial port, but it’s been a long, long time since anything larger than a ski-boat has attempted the rather tricky river mouth launch. It is a lovely little town with a fabulous golf course, wonderful surf, and some pretty good diving. A gentle, scenic, two-day canoe trail takes advantage of the tidal nature of the Kowie River, paddling upstream on the flood and down on the ebb. A small flotilla of houseboats is a available for hire to explore the river and lagoon, and the beach is long and practically deserted, so you can walk for miles. A full-time dedicated flying school has taken over a disused military air base, and offers a range of courses. There are a few interesting nature reserves, and the many rivers that enter the sea close by form pretty lagoons that offer safe bathing and boating. This is a very popular family holiday destination, with loads for the kids to do.

Port Alfred is about 60km from Grahamstown (which is on the N2), and almost midway between Port Elizabeth and East London on the coastal R72. Although there is an airfield, the nearest airport is Port Elizabeth or East London, both approximately 140km away.

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