Port Alfred has many offerings.

Port Alfred is a magical destination. Not only does it boasts a good climate, beaches and activities, it is popular for its friendly locals, shopping malls, a golf course, intimate small-boat harbour and eateries. Here is a guide to Port Alfred:

Travel time:

Port Alfred is between Port Elizabeth and East London so flights are easily accessible to the small town. Port Alfred makes for a perfect road trip destination from Cape Town and Durban.The 10 hour drive from Durban takes you to the scenic Wild Coast route while Cape Town’s Garden Route keeps you company while driving to Port Alfred. It is 60 km from Grahamstown.

What to do:

Port Alfred is home to the Blue Flag beach Kellys that offers a wide range of activities. The Tourism Manager for Sunshine Coast Tourism, Sandy Birch, said there are a number of activities including beach horseback riding, surfing and hikes offered at the beaches. The Kowie River, a 22km stretch of salt water, is beaming with cruises and canoeing, to name but a few. Birch said birding has grown popular recently with Port Alfred having 480 bird species. Other activities include fishing, golf and art galleries.


There is enough food eateries to satisfy everyone. From pubs to beachfront dining, Port Alfred has it all. Some top picks include Highlander Pub on The Royal St Andrews premise to Guidos on the beachfront.


Birch says there are a range of accommodation facilities, including backpacking hostels to five star hotels. Some famous spots include My Pond Hotel on 33 Van Der Riet Street to The Royal St Andrews Hotel on St Andrew’s street.

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