Port Alfred is a small sea-side town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It was established in the early 1820s by British settlers who were moved into this area by Lord Charles Somerset to be a buffer between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa people. When Queen Victoria's son Alfred.

The pulse of the town is set by the river, the Kowie. A beautiful river, with unspoilt natural vegetation and as many game farms lie on its banks one can often see wildlife (we saw 5 giraffe when we were up there two weeks ago). People used to export from the little harbour and Wharf Street is where it all happened in the early 19th century. Old dressed stone buildings which over the years have been painted line the Western side of the river. Quaint antique shops and coffee shops have sprung up and a little brewery. Next to it the Brewery restaurant with its enormous photographs of old Port Alfred.