Alexandria & Port Alfred

On our way from Port Elizabeth to Bathurst we drove through a small town named Alexandria.  The town has a beautiful white church in the main street and we had to make a quick stop for a photo.

I could not find a lot of information about the town or the church.  The town was established in the 18th century and was named after the Reverend Alexander Smith.  The church was built in 1896 and was declared a National Heritage Site in 1987.

We then continued to drive and our next stop was in the coastal town of Port Alfred. 

British Settlers established Port Alfred at the mouth of the Kowie River in the 1820’s.  In 1860 Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, visited and the name was changed.  The town was very busy because it was a long weekend and it was the BMW Bike Festival was taking place in close by in Grahamstown.  We decided not to stay long and rather drove to Bathurst to see some sights.

After an afternoon of exploring in Bathurst we drove back to port Alfred (only 10 minutes drive) and went for dinner as the Spur steak ranch.  The restaurant is in the Royal Port Alfred Marina’s Small Boat Harbour.  While we ate we could look out on the water and see people with small fishing boats going up and down trying to get a bite.  We had a nice meal was ready to go to the hotel afterwards.


  1. Aaaah, you're really making me wish I could take a trip along the coast - South Africa's coast that is! I love that church, it is marvelously well kept, isn't it? And the clock tower is really something.

    We're trying to remember if we've been to Port Alfred but neither of us can remember - such is life before we began blogging!


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