This part of the Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa has been a hidden gem for decades! It is a place where visitors become locals after spending a holiday in one of our coastal villages. And those who holiday here once quickly make it their annual retreat to spend their time to relax on the beaches, rivers and beautiful surroundings. It truly is a special place and we’d love to share it with you…
Kenton on Sea & Boesmansriviermond are very popular with families, couples and young adults.
These two laid back coastal villages offer wide open beaches, forest walks, a lagoon and exceptional kite surfing.
Alexandria is a farming town on the R72. The nearby Woody Cape Nature Reserve offers beautiful forest hikes.
Kenton-on-Sea is bordered on two sides by the Kariega and Boesmans Rivers with a spectacular stretch of coastline and nature reserve in between. A walk along the beach between the two rivers is an absolute must. Old and young will delight in exploring the caves, hidden rock formations, chimneys and sheltered bays created by the unusual rock formations. The rivers are stunningly beautiful with game reserves flaking both sides. The Boesmans is navigable for 32km, and Kariega for 16km. Paddle or cruise slowly, water ski or drift with the tide and take in the splendour of the abundant birds and other wildlife.
The village of Kenton-on-Sea is charming and boasts a number of restaurants, shops and art galleries. A wide selection of accommodation options are available.
Boesmansriviermond is situated on the western side of the Boesmans River, right across from Kenton. This quaint seaside village offers spectacular beaches, a pristine tidal river and beautiful sand dunes. Long beach walks are perfect for early morning and late afternoon strolls. Walk to Kwaaihoek or all the way to Diaz Cross. Perfect for families, couples and weekend getaways.
Boknes was originally part of the Jammesfontein farm (1788). In 1927 the farm was surveyed and the first holiday home built a year later. Portuguese navigator, Bartholomew Diaz, erected a cross, or padrao, in 1488. A replica has been erected on the same spot, 4km east of Boknesstrand.
Explorer Vasco Da Gama sailed this coastline and Cannon Rocks owes its name to the wrecking of the Portuguese ship Sao Joao Baptista that ran aground after a battle with two Dutch ships in March 1622. 279 survivors began their arduous walk to Lourenzo Marques (Maputo) but only 28 completed the journey. The old cannons and anchor from the wreck were discovered and remain on display in the village. Today Cannon Rocks borders directly onto the Woody Cape section of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park and is world famous as a kiteboarding destination.
Alexandria is a small farming town situated 100 km north east of Port Elizabeth on the way to Boesmansriviermond, Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred. It was named Alexandria in 1856 after Reverend Alexander Smith.
Alexandria is one of the most important chicory producing areas in South Africa and is also known for pineapple production and dairy farming.
The Alexandria area also includes the Alexandria State Forest, known as Woody Cape, which is a narrow stretch of pristine indigenous forest bordering the Alexandria dune field, one of the largest active dune fields in the world. Mammals that occur within the area include bushpig, bushbuck, Cape Grysbok, steenbok, common duiker, Vervet monkey, and large and small grey mongoose. The bird diversity is considerable and includes the westernmost population of the trumpeter hornbill, there are also crowned hornbills, crowned eagle, Stanley’s bustard, narina trogon and Damara tern. The Woody Cape Nature Reserve, which stretches from the Sundays River mouth to the Bushman’s River mouth and includes the dune field and the indigenous forest, has been incorporated into the Addo Elephant National Park.
There are a wide variety of holiday rentals available. Choose river frontage, family friendly or beach.
Ideal for quick break aways, there are accommodation for every taste. Pack your bags and head out!
Enjoy the convenience of a guesthouse with breakfast included and serviced rooms. Stay in barefoot luxury.