Port Alfred

Port Alfred neighborhood
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A great little vacation spot in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is Port Alfred. This small town was established in the early 1820s and is part of the Ndlambe municipality. Port Alfred, South Africa is great place to visit when you want to learn new adventurous skills. There are many things to do here. And as with other port cities in South Africa, this town thrives on anything and everything water-based.

Port Alfred is great place to learn water sports. This is a great alternative to Port Elizabeth, as the Port Elizabeth is usually jam packed with people when peak season comes. Port Alfred has the exact same weather as Port Elizabeth and is online a few miles away. The waters are as good, and sometimes even better. There are beaches in Port Alfred with tamer waves for beginner learners, and bigger waves for experts.

The Kowie River is the center of all adventure sports in Port Alfred. For water sports, the mouth of the River makes a good venue. Examples of popular water sports here are surfing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, scuba diving and the like. Less extreme water activities are available here. There are great beaches that are safe for swimming here. You can also do spear fishing and surf angling here. The rich indigenous forests are great for nature trail trekking, horseback riding, family picnics, farm visits and country drives.

If you want to experience the real African wild, you can go on an African Bush experience in nearby Thandweni Lapa. Here, you can stay overnight in a traditional African tree house. You can also do some game viewing and see African animals in safaris in Shamwari, Great Fish, Addo Elephant Park, Kariega Game Reserve and Emlanjeni.

Amidst their simplicity, the community here is very warm and friendly. You can go to local pubs and restaurants to relax after a long day in the beach. Port Alfred is a great place to chill out and get away from it all. At the same time, you can also go wild with adventure here.

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