“P” is for Pretty!
Port Alfred, South Africa
Welcome to smallest place with EVERYTHING your heart desires! This 1820 historical settler town straddles the banks of the glorious Kowie River, which is navigable for 29 kilometres! This is only one of the many things Port Alfred can boast about!
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.
You can enjoy any number of other activities such as fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, water skiing and tubing. Golf enthusiast will have a wonderful time on one of the seven “royal” courses in the country!
Port Alfred has a perfect balance between that small town charm and modern refinements- with top-class shopping malls, sophisticated healthcare, intimate small-boat harbour, light industry, Hospitality University and an air school, considered to be world class.
Port Alfred does however have a less commercial side to it too- it is regarded by many as one of the best-kept surfing secrets in the country! On top of great surf, there is also the great beach aspect. Award- winning Kelly’s beach has Blue Flag beach status, meaning it is one of the top beaches in South Africa. The pristine white beaches of Port Alfred are further complimented by whale and dolphin watching.
Port Alfred unique in geography means they are surrounded by the most exciting array of game reserves and parks- another very distinct feature. The warm Indian Ocean and many inland water surfaces offer endless opportunities to entertain and delight you!
Finding a place to stay will not be hard- From family accommodation to glorious guest houses there is a ‘bed’ for any pocket. Port Alfred is even home to South Africa’s oldest inn, The Pig and Whistle!
Whether you come to rest, or are looking for new experiences, you will find what you want in Port Alfred. From the roar of the lions in the surrounding game parks, to the breaking of waves on the shores! Port Alfred is an exciting, desirable and affordable holiday venue for people of any age.
Sunshine Coast, Accommodation
- The Beach House
- Richmond House Cottages
- Kowie River Guest House
- Villa Vista Guest House
- Lightleys Holiday Houseboats
- Panorama Guest House
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Plettenberg Bay game reserve is one of those treasures that you just have to take a peek at! Not only is it the biggest game reserve in the Southern Cape, but also a game reserve where there is no Malaria! This piece of 2200 hectare paradise boasts an impressive amount of buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.
Game drives are a must, and with experienced and knowledgeable guides, you can get up close and personal with the game! Those of you who would prefer exploring the park in a non- motorised way have the option of a guided horseback safari. It would be wise to take along your binoculars as the reserve is home to over 101 bird species.
Besides the magnificent fauna and flora of the region, a wonderful and temperate weather pattern has also been added. Plettenberg Bay has an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius in summer, and is only slightly cooler in winter- Making it ideal for game viewing all year round.
The great thing about the reserve is that you get a chance to experience Africa in all its glory outside, with an absolute 4 star luxury at the lodge! Don’t worry though- the rooms might be luxurious, but no efforts were spared to make you feel secluded and part of the natural surroundings! Each of the 10 spacious luxury rooms opens onto the picturesque gardens with their indigenous plants, cool verandas, courtyards and quaint plunge pool. There are six double suites, three family rooms and one twin room. Rooms have showers and freestanding bathtubs, some with views across the indigenous forests. A person can’t help but feel completely at one with nature when at the lodge. It is a place where instead of waking up to the noises of traffic, you wake up to the song of birds and the fresh smell of dew on the flora outside.
The lodge has an outside boma in true African tradition, with a bar and deck built above a dam. The food here is a proper culinary treat, and it must be added that even the wine goes down better under the African stars!
Plettenberg Bay Nature Reserve is an experience of all the senses. A South African treat that should definitely be tasted!
Garden Route, Accommodation
- Periwinkle Lodge
- Plett Villas
- Piesang Valley Lodge
- Milkwood Manor Guest House
- Beau Ridge Self Catering Accommodation
- Plettenberg - A Forever Resort
- Starfish Lodge
- Emily Moon River Lodge
- Beacon Island Resort
Piketberg, South Africa
Piketberg is little historical jewel neatly tucked away at the foot of the sandstone Piketberg mountain range which peaks at an impressive 1459 meters. Earlier years saw the resourceful Khoi- San making this place their home, and many of their original rock paintings are still on display here. In later centuries Piketberg offered a very strategic platform for a canon to be placed to warm farmers of imminent attacks or fire, and also to inform them of ships entering the Cape for fresh stock. This historical (and very practical canon) can still be seen, and its sight can’t help but inspire the thought of what life must have been like without modern day communication systems!
You can delve even further into history by exploring the impressive Versveld pass. Versveld Pass is famous for its three-loop design that enabled ox wagons to ascend it. No 4 x 4’s back then! Driving up the pass and imagining doing all that in an ox wagon will either give you a sense of wonderment about the people from the past, or it might just leave you doubting about how hardcore you really are! It is none the less a truly spectacular drive. The view from the summit is impressive and the plateau above is an unexpected page from some epic adventure book with a dense collage of orchard, valley, crumbling cottages and rugged mountainscapes. There are several spots along the way where you can pull over and survey your kingdom- all the way to the Groot Winterhoek Mountains. While you are exploring, stop off at the historic watermill on the farm Dezehoek, lying at the base of the Pass.
There is no shortage of things to do in this historical jewel! Activities include Horse Riding, Hiking Trails, Organised tours, Mountain Biking /Bicycle Hire, Picnic Places, Mini Golf, 4 x 4 courses, Paragliding, Canoeing, Hunting and Skydiving! So remember you sunscreen and hiking boots!
There are many bed and breakfast options available to you in Piketberg, but if you want to stick to a sense of adventure- we suggest a slice of humble pie self catering! Make a fire, braai a chop and stare up into the unpolluted sky! Allow yourself to imagine times gone by and remember to take a wish with you, because if you look up long enough, you will see a shooting star!
West Coast, AccommodationAccommodation in Piketberg
Paternoster, South Africa
There is something to be said about South Africa’s West Coast. It is alluring in ways that are often hard to describe. Perhaps it is the mysterious Atlantic waters or the legends of fishermen souls. Its magnetism could stem from any number of things, but one thing is for sure- as lost as the West Coast appears on international geography, it is the one place where people can find that little bit of self they have lost in modern day society. Out of all the towns scattered along the West Coast, it is Paternoster that stands out as the last bastion of simple and good living.
Paternoster is one of the oldest coastal towns on the West Coast and has lost none of its fisherman village charm. You just have to scan your eyes across the horizon to see all the picturesque white fisherman cottages dotting the landscape of the town. In unison with the white cottages, the sea has also done its bit to stick to the white dotted theme- with beautiful white rounded boulders pushing its way through the water, making tiny islands of their own.
This town is not just famous for its ability to freeze itself in history, but also for crayfish and the Columbine Nature Reserve. The nature reserve has many picnic spots and braai facilities. There are basic overnight facilities and ablution blocks. Another feature that reminds you of the town’s origins, and one that should not be missed is the ship wreck of the Lisboa. The Lisboa ran aground in 1910 on Soldiers Reef near Paternoster, and stands as a testament to life and death at sea.
Although Paternoster is a small coastal town, there is certainly no lack of accommodation. There is a hotel in what the locals call the “main road” and many choices of bed and breakfast and self catering places! Paternoster boasts a very user- friendly website with places listed to stay. The local liquor store stocks some micro- brewed beer from the West Coast (well worth a try), and home- made goodies are available in “Die Winkel”. Don’t worry- it is very easy to find!
You can do sea kayaking, whale, dolphin, seal and penguin watching, or maybe you just to find some original peace and quiet. It doesn’t really matter why you visit this enchanting place- just go. Go and see for yourself why words can do this place no justice at all.