Saturday, September 4, 2010

Port Alfred (H 15)

Name: Port Alfred

Port Alfred is a small town with a population of under 21 000[citation needed] in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated on the eastern seaboard of the country at the mouth of the Kowie River, almost exactly half-way between the larger cities of Port Elizabeth and East London and 30 km West of Cannon Rocks.

One of its most distinctive features is 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 and other pleasure craft, to sporting and commercial deep-sea fishing vessels. The city enjoys a mild climate and award winning beaches, Kelly's beach has Blue Flag beach status, meaning it is one of the top beaches in South Africa. It is growing rapidly due to a high number of retirees and holiday makers building houses there.[citation needed]

Port Alfred is home to Southern Africa's largest air school, 43 Air School[citation needed] In addition, Port Alfred is home to Stenden South Africa, a subsidiary campus of Stenden University in the Netherlands. This campus attracts large numbers of international students to South Africa every year. The famous little village of Bathurst is fifteen km outside Port Alfred and is also becoming a very popular place to live. The area is green, picturesque and is home to South Africa's oldest inn, the Pig and Wistle.

Port Alfred has many activities for visitors including fishing, Scuba diving, canoeing, water skiing and tubing. Other sporting activities include golf (Port Alfred boasts one of the seven "royal" courses in the country), canoeing, horse trails and surfing, with Port Alfred being regarded by many as one of the best-kept surfing secrets in the country. 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.[citation needed]

Port Alfred is home to the Kowie Striders fun run. The event is held on the 26th December annually and is enjoyed by holiday makers from far and wide. Both the 5 km and 8 km routes are well supported and all entrants get a souvenir Kowie Striders glass. The event is characterised by the announcer who welcomes finishers to the line with the catch phrase, "And the crowd goes wild at the Kowie".

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