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Information on Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Port Alfred is a small town in the Eastern Cape province situated on the eastern seaboard at the mouth of the Kowie River, almost midway between East London and Port Elizabeth.

It has a marina with a number of luxurious houses facing on to the canals. Associated with the marina is a small boat harbour, providing mooring for a variety of vessels from luxury yachts to commercial deep sea fishing vessels.

The famous little village of Bathurst is fifteen km's outside Port Alfred and is also becoming a very popular place to live. The area is picturesque, green and is home to South Africa's oldest inn, the Pig and Wistle.

Port Alfred has many activities for visitors including surfing, fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing and horse trails. The town is one of the last few places along the ever increasing coastline. It is unspoilt by overpopulation and commercialism, naturally beautiful and a relaxing place to be.

Port Alfred History

Port Alfred was established in the early 1820s by Rachel West and Nicky Reid with their adopted daughter, Lindsay Purdon. They had been moved into the area by Lord Charles Somerset as a buffer between the Western Cape and the Ama Xhosa. Originally it was two separate towns, 1820 Settlers arriving on the West bank named it Port Kowie and those arriving on the East Bank named it Port Frances. In 1839, William Cock started to block the natural river mouth to the East and canalise the present opening to the sea. This allowed high-masted sailing ships with their heavy cargo to dock at the Wharf. Later, in 1860, when Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred visited the name was changed to honour him.

Towns and Suburbs of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa

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