Coastal charm, friendly locals and a taste of adventure are the main features of the Sunshine Coast. Stretching from Port Elizabeth to East London, the Sunshine Coast offers magnificent beaches, eminent golf courses, historical trails, estuaries and lush grasslands.
Did you know? Roughly 320 out of 365 days of sunshine a year award the South African Sunshine Coast its name.
The Sunshine Coast route is made up of coastal towns as well as inland areas with a rich history and diverse holiday attractions. The heart of the area is found in Port Alfred, home to a spectacular marina and popular small boat harbour. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss a tasting at Port Alfred’s Little Brewery on the River where three very different and distinctive craft beers are produced.
As an oft-forgotten crop, most of South Africa’s chicory is produced in and around the small farming town of Alexandria. Just as famous as the chicory are the largest active dune fields in the nearby Woody Cape. Due to the bordering indigenous forest, bird-lovers will enjoy a remarkable birding experience. The Alexandria Hiking Trail begins and ends at the Woody Cape SAN Parks Office.
Water sports enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies will appreciate the Cannon Rocks, a world class kite surfing spot.
The Sunshine Coast invites all lovers of nature and adventure seekers to enjoy the beauty of the Sunshine Coast.
Highlights to discover
The Sibuya Private Game Reserve along the Sunshine Coast has it both – beach and bush! Sibuya’s reception is in the seaside holiday village of Kenton-on-Sea and a 30 minute boat transfer up the Kariega estuary takes safari travellers to either the River or Forest Camps. Turtles, dolphins or whales might be seen along the cruise leaving the beach.
The awe-inspiring game reserve is home to a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five.
For reservations and bookings visit http://www.sibuya.co.za/.
Nestled halfway between Port Alfred and East London, lies the rural village of Hamburg, home to the community organisation Keiskamma Trust.
Founded in 2000, more than 100 local artists and crafters participate in the collaborative community-owned art outlet and workshop.
An art shop and art studios offering unique, high-quality and hand-made art that tell the story of Hamburg – from the peaceful and inspiring landscape and also the challenges of poverty and disease in the community that strives for upliftment.
Visit the Keiskamma Trust when in Hamburg and learn about this incredible initiative. For more information click here http://www.keiskamma.org/.
Water lovers are not to miss the Kowie Canoe Trail that has lots of attractions such as The Old Wreck, Windy Beach, Rabbit Rocks, Cob Hole and many more in stock.
The unique self-guided canoe trail combines a trip up the scenic Kowie River in double canoes with a voluntary extra walking trail of 21km through indigenous forest. The trail starts from Port Alfred and finishes at the Horseshoe Bent in the Water’s Meeting Nature Reserve.
Contact the Riverside Caravan Park on 046 624 2230 or the Reserve Manaer, Water’s Meeting Nature Reserve on 046 625 0876 for bookings.
The Alexandria Dune Hike is one of the most spectacular ones in the world offering an impressive dunefield.
Challenging at times, the hike is worth the effort. A review and everything else you need to know about it can be found here http://www.footprint.co.za/alexandria.htm.
Maureen Quin is one of South Africa’s foremost sculptors, who produces bronze sculptures ranging from wildlife to expressive art with African influence.
The unique sculpture garden, gallery and studio are open to visitors:
Weekdays from 9h00 to 17h00
Saturdays from 9h00 to 13h00
Saturday afternoons and Sundays by appointment
Located at 5 Suid Street, Alexandria.
Tel: 046 653 0121 / 082 770 8000 email: [email protected]