Seaside Resorts Alongside the Jap Cape of South Africa

Port Alfred within the Jap Cape

South Africa is a big nation masking some 1.2m sq. hectares in dimension and this may result in many individuals selecting to fly to be able to get from locations like East London to Cape City. Nevertheless this additionally means you might be lacking out on having fun with the attractive shoreline that stretches down the east coast of South Africa all the best way all the way down to Cape City. A drive out of East London on the R72 will lead you all the best way to Port Elizabeth the place you possibly can then be a part of the principle N2 route taking you alongside the Backyard Route all the best way to the Mom Metropolis.

The gap from East London to Cape City is roughly 1,000km and roughly a 13 hour drive nevertheless one of the simplest ways to barter this drive is to separate it up with a number of stops alongside the best way. There are numerous seaside coastal cities alongside the route together with the city of Port Alfred located in an space often called the Sunshine Coast about 1.5 hours from East London.

Port Alfred is a comparatively small city of about 20,000 inhabitants which attracts many vacationers and vacation makers. The city lies on the Kowie River which flows instantly into the Indian Ocean. The beautiful small boat harbour is a function of the city and South Africans that vacation right here make use of the harbour to launch their boats which they carry with them. In the course of the summer time season the Kowie River hums to the sounds of small boats stuffed with households driving up the river to take pleasure in water-skiing, wake-boarding or only a nice cruise.

To the left and the precise of the doorway to the ocean sandy seashores unfold for miles. Kelly’s Seashore to the west gives secure swimming and has lifeguards usually in the course of the summer time season. For strolling and sand-boarding the very best seashore is East Seashore with its large sand dunes. It is also the very best spot for browsing.

Port Alfred lodging is in plentiful provide with many visitor homes, B&Bs and self-catering institutions. Self-catering is a simple choice with loads of native facilities corresponding to massive Spar grocery store, pharmacies, Woolworths and different main retailers. There are a selection of excellent eating places such because the Ocean Basket which lies proper on the banks of the Kowie River and is an idyllic place to eat and watch the boats going up and down the river.

The city additionally hosts main sporting occasions such because the Inter-Colleges Rowing Championships and the College Rowing Championships. Each participate yearly and appeal to large numbers of individuals over completely different weekends. Port Alfred additionally has a dive college and a variety of boats providing deep-sea fishing charters.


Simply 25km additional down the R72 from Port Alfred, heading in direction of Port Elizabeth, is one other fairly seaside city referred to as Kenton-on-Sea. Though smaller than Port Alfred with solely about 1,000 inhabitants it’s nonetheless a highly regarded seaside vacation spot. Kenton is bordered on two sides by two rivers – the Kariega River and Bushman’s River. Between Kenton-on-Sea and the beautiful sandy seashores you can see the Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve however you possibly can drive down by way of the city to a alternative of automotive parks near the seashore. There’s a automotive park by Kareiga Primary Seashore, one at Center Seashore and one on the Bushman’s River entrance.

When you head to the automotive park at Kariega Primary Seashore, on Eastbourne Street, additionally, you will move Homewoods which is an a la carte and pizzeria restaurant with an exquisite deck that has pretty views throughout the Kariega River and out to the Indian Ocean. This can be a fashionable lunchtime snack spot with a pleasant vibe.

The seashores at Kenton-on-Sea are a mixture of fantastic sheltered bays and lengthy sandy seashores. The seashore at Shelly Bay is an actual gem and an excellent household spot to take pleasure in a time out on the seashore. The rocks across the bay virtually kind an amphitheatre and create an ideal windbreak for these occasional windy days alongside the Jap Cape. Mermaid’s Pool can also be a great place and an excellent place to get some household seaside photographs. The rock formations alongside the seashores listed below are gorgeous particularly the Carriage Rock near Shelly Seashore.

We love Kenton-on-Sea because the incoming and outgoing tides create an ever altering atmosphere and the early morning and late afternoon solar create fantastic views throughout the sand and water alongside the Kariega River. Throughout Whale season it is doable to face on the cliffs of Shelly Bay and watch these superb creatures and dolphins too.

The entire household will take pleasure in hiring canoes and taking a visit up the Bushman’s River. Canoes may be employed at Kenton Marina. Kenton-on-Sea could be very near Kariega Recreation Reserve and Sibuya Recreation Reserve however when you can afford to remain at one in all these personal reserves you may at all times strive a ‘poor man’s recreation drive’. This principally entails driving alongside the general public roads that move by way of these recreation reserves and seeing whether or not you possibly can spot any animals. It is good enjoyable and also you by no means know you could be fortunate sufficient to see one of many Massive 5.

One can find pretty self-catering lodging in Kenton corresponding to Wagtail Cottage whose house owners epitomise the pleasant folks that reside on this space.

Helpful Phone Numbers:
Homewoods Restaurant: +27 (0)46 648 2700
Kenton Marina: +27 (0) 46 648 1223

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