Port Alfred

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Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000[1] 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.


Port Alfred was established in the early 1820s by British settlers who were moved into the area by Lord Charles Somerset as a buffer between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa people.



Later, in 1860, when Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred visited, the name was changed in his honor.

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This town is home to Stenden South Africa, a subsidiary campus of Stenden University in the Netherlands.


Port Alfred has a private Christian school, El Shaddai Christian Academy. Port Alfred has one dual medium English and Afrikaans school, Port Alfred High School.

The town Port Alfred is home to Southern Africa’s well-known air school, 43 Air School.


In 1839, William Cock and George Hodgkinson started to block the natural river mouth to the east and canalize the present opening to the sea. By 1841 South Africa’s first man-made harbor was opened after completion of the stone lined channel between the ocean and the Kowie river. 



This allowed high-masted sailing ships with their heavy cargo to dock at the wharf.



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Port Alfred markets Old Four Legs Beer, named after the fossil fish called the



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