This Guest House is perched high on a hill overlooking the picturesque town of Port Alfred and commands panoramic views of the sea, the Kowie River, The Royal Alfred Marina and the colourful small boat harbour: for sale

This Guest House is perched high on a hill overlooking the picturesque town of Port Alfred and commands panoramic views of the sea, the Kowie River, The Royal Alfred Marina and the colourful small boat harbour

Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa


8 400 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address:
Type: Guest House
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 7
Showers: 7
Parking: 7
Yield: Not Disclosed
Trip Advisor Code: 1185729
TGCSA Rating: 4 Star

Port Alfred

Port Alfred is a small town with a population of just under 26,000 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 halfway between the larger cities of Gqeberha and East London and 30 kilometres (19 mi) 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 there was conflict between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa people. Originally, it was two separate towns (settlers arriving on the west bank in 1820 named their settlement Port Kowie, and those arriving on the east bank named theirs Port Frances).

In 1860, when Queen Victoria's son Prince Alfred visited, the name was changed in his honour.


In 1839, William Cock and George Hodgkinson started to block the natural river mouth to the east and canalise the present opening to the sea. By 1841 South Africa's first man-made harbour 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.


Port Alfred is located on the junction of the R67 and R72 roads. The R67 connects Port Alfred with the N2 at Makhanda to the north, while the R72 joins the N2 near Colchester to the west and follows the coast to East London in the east.


Educational establishments based in Port Alfred include Stenden South Africa (a subsidiary campus of Stenden University in the Netherlands), a private Christian school (El Shaddai Christian Academy), the biggest flying training school in the Southern Hemisphere (43 Air School), Mtyhobo Primary SchoolDambuza Primary SchoolNomzamo High SchoolKuyasa Combined School and Port Alfred High School.

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Key features

About us

Our Guest House is fully equipped with most of the modern conveniences and the well fitted kitchenettes are a real treat. All are serviced daily unless otherwise requested(dish washing excluded- this can be arranged for a small charge). Secure off-street parking is available and BBQ/braai facilities are provided. The deck and splash pool ( Units 1, 2 and 3) is the ideal place for sun lovers to relax or to enjoy a refreshing drink after a long day. The House next Door as we fondly call it, has its own larger pool, with sitting and tanning areas.The Guest House is THE place to stay in Port Alfred.

Our seven units are all lovely, of various sizes

Unit 1 is ideal for the Business person, as it is a smaller, compact, studio apartment. Perfect for the couple who overnight whilst traveling.

Unit 2- perfect for Mom and Dad and two kids.Close to the braai area, large private patio, close to plunging pool.

Unit 3- Private, tucked away in a corner.

Unit 4 and 5.

Perfect for romantic gateways, also families with kids. Own private balcony, beautiful views.

Unit 6- family holidays, or two couples having a fun weekend away.

The House Next Door (3 Luxury Suites)

Our three new luxury apartments in the property next door with views to die for!

Our three new self-catering luxury apartments are situated in a recently refurbished and renovated house right next door to The Lookout offers the following:

  • Bedroom en-suite (bath & shower suite 4
  • Large bathroom with bath and shower (Suite 6)
  • King size or twin beds
  • Fully equipped kitchen (Gas hob, Electric oven)
  • Fully Serviced (excludes dish washing )

Very spacious dining and living areas with two single beds to accommodate children. Sweeping views over The Marina and Ocean each with their own patios overlooking the garden and sparkling pool. Rated by our guests as outstanding accommodation and the perfect place to stay. Washing of dishes etc. can be arranged for a small charge.

Attractions in Port Alfred

Port Alfred has much to offer.

Explore the wonderful Tourist video made for us by Eastern Cape tourism.

The Kowie History Museum

The Kowie History Museum is focused on displaying the social history of the historic Albany District and the activities of the early settlers between 1820 and 1889. There is an old card index with the names of the 4,000 British settlers and immediate descendants who landed in the area in the 1800s. The mysterious story of Briseis is also on exhibit. Briseis ran aground on a reef while returning from India in 1859, and has now become a popular ship-wreck site for divers. The town is well known for its large variety of shells all along the shore and there is a fascinating collection of sea shells from the Port Alfred area on display. The museum is housed in Port Alfred's old railway station and is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 1pm.

Whale Watching

Between July and December of every year, the Eastern Cape coastline is frequented by Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales. These animals glide past the shore; breaching, lobtailing and spy-hopping as onlookers appreciate their antics from the beach. The warm waters and extensive coastline of the Eastern Cape make this a fabulous whale-watching destination.

Royal Port Alfred Golf Club

Established in 1907, the historic Royal Port Alfred Golf Club is situated on the Sunshine Coast in Port Alfred, half way between East London and Port Elizabeth. This charming and old-fashioned course has some quirky holes and pretty much preserves the atmosphere of the early 1900s in South Africa.

One of the true links courses in South Africa, it is set on the rolling hills of Port Alfred, with plenty of indigenous bush, wildlife and wonderful sea views. The 18-hole course is 5 800 m and has a unique layout, which, in true links tradition, tests your ability to read the elements as much as the course. A golfing experience not to be missed!

Let us book your tee off time and get a discount on your green fees!

Kelly's Beach

Kelly's Beach on the Sunshine Coast is one of South Africa's prestigious international Blue Flag beaches. The sandy beach is situated near the Kowie River estuary mouth and is well worth a visit. Two viewing decks offer fantastic viewpoints to watch whales, beach goers, and stunning sunsets. It’s a great swimming beach and offers 5-star facilities. Interpretive boards provide interesting information about some of the unique characteristics of this wonderful beach. The Blue Flag Beach award assures cleanliness, safety, amenities and the upkeep of environmental standards.

The Big Pineapple (11 km from Port Alfred)

The little hamlet of Bathurst lays claims to the biggest pineapple on the planet! Standing 16.7 metres tall, this gigantic structure is not a cell phone tower in disguise; but rather a tribute to the agricultural success of the prickly fruit. Summerhill Farm, Kowie Road, Bathurst.

Early farmers struggled to grow any crops here until the first pineapple top was planted in 1865. The interior boasts a tourist shop, static displays, and a great view. It’s a fun place to take the whole family and learn about the pineapple industry or find a little memento. Head to the historic Pig and Whistle afterwards, the oldest licenced Inn in South Africa.

Nearby Attractions

Makhanda, formerly known as Grahamstown, is a town of about 140,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated about 110 kilometres (70 mi) northeast of Gqeberha and 130 kilometres (80 mi) southwest of East London. It is the largest town in the Makana Local Municipality, and the seat of the municipal council. It also hosts Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court, the South African Library for the Blind (SALB), a diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, and 6 South African Infantry Battalion. Furthermore, located approximately 3 km south-east of the town lies the world renowned Waterloo Farm, the only estuarine fossil site in the world from 360 million years ago with exceptional soft-tissue preservation.

The town's name-change from Grahamstown to Makhanda was officially gazetted on 29 June 2018. The town was officially renamed to Makhanda in memory of Xhosa warrior and prophet Makhanda ka Nxele.



Makhanda was founded as Grahamstown in 1812 after the Fourth Xhosa War as a military outpost by Lieutenant-Colonel John Graham as part of a campaign to secure the Eastern frontier of the Cape Colony. Initially Colonel Graham decided to establish his headquarters on the loan farm Noutoe, now known as Table Farm, but at the recommendation of Ensign Andries Stockenstrom it was moved to the homestead of the loan farm De Rietfontein, belonging to Lucas Meyer. Construction on the new headquarters, located on the site of the present Church Square, thus began in June 1812.

As part of the campaign, Graham was ordered to clear 20,000 Xhosa living in the region led by Ndlambe ka Rharhabe from the Zuurveld. During the campaign, which formed part of the Xhosa Wars, Graham ordered the adoption of numerous scorched earth tactics, which included the burnings of Xhosa farms. By 1812, Graham had completed his assignment, and transformed Grahamstown into the central military outpost in the region.

In 1904, Rhodes University College was established in Grahamstown through a grant from the Rhodes Trust. In 1951 it became a fully-fledged University, Rhodes University.

Education, arts and culture

The town is home to Rhodes University, the South African National Library for the Blind, the National English Literary Museum, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (formerly the JLB Smith Institute), the International Library of African Music (ILAM), the Albany Museum, and the Institute for the Study of English in Africa. A number of palaeontological discoveries made from Waterloo Farm in the past two decades have sparked a global interest in the fossils of the Eastern Cape Province and this has resulted in numerous international collaborations. These discoveries and collaborations have been made possible by the persistent work of Robert W. Gess of the Devonian Ecosystem Laboratory, Albany Museum, who has dedicated most of his life excavating and studying blocks of black shale that he, with later support from the South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has rescued from road cuttings from back in the mid- 1980s.

The legacy of disparate education during Apartheid still echoes in the provision of secondary education in this former frontier town, where significant discrepancies in matric pass rates and general quality of education exist. Addressing this problem is one of the town's greatest challenges


Game reserves


Sibuya, one of South Africa’s most unique Safari destinations, has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently, as a birding destination it is hard to beat as there are nearly 400 different species. This breathtakingly beautiful game reserve is sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and almost everything in between, including the Big Five. Sibuya offers accommodation in two private and exclusive luxury tented game lodges and prides itself on superb cuisine. Sibuya’s reception is in the holiday village of Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape Province, about 140kms (80 miles) equidistant from Gqeberha and East London. A natural extension to any trip, from Cape Town up the Garden Route, and easily accessible from Gqeberha which is a short flip from the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Charter flights to Port Alfred are less than a 20min transfer to the game park. The unique experience starts immediately with a half-hour boat transfer up the Kariega estuary to River Camp or Forest Camp. Leaving the beach, turtles, dolphins and whales might be seen near the river mouth. Both camps nestle in riverine forest and have been constructed in an environmentally conscious manner. Guests are hosted and guided by a team of experienced professionals.


This International Biodiversity Day we would like to focus on the incredible beauty that is encapsulated within our richly diverse reserve.
This diversity is a key feature that draws guests from around the world to experience the beauty and abundant flora and fauna on Kariega. The funds generated by the guests go into safeguarding this vital wilderness area and secure it for future generations.
Furthemore the conservation levy also fuels the Kariega Foundation which has done amazing work for the communities and wildlife surrounding the reserve, making it a positive for all the residents in the area.
Amakhala Game Reserve is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Game Reserve offers a wide variety of  3, 4 & 5-star owner-managed experiences and Safari Lodges.

Amakhala Game Reserve boasts 18,000 acres of Big 5 territory and you are highly likely to have excellent sightings of Rhino, Lion, Buffalo and Elephant, while the more elusive animals encountered could include the bat-eared fox, hyena or even a leopard.

The private Game Reserve offers guests accommodation in a selection of 10 luxury establishments made up of restored Country houses, Safari Lodges and Tented camps located in different areas of the large 18 000 acres Safari park.

Guest Book

Hospitality at its finest.

When I have gone away and stayed at a hotel or a B&B, I always refer to my place of stay as, "my room". Upon staying at the Guest House, I realised that "my room" is not appropriate. Instead, I had to refer to it as "home." The rooms are cozy and extremely comforting. The staff reinforces that sense of homeliness and they exude politeness. The breakfasts are amazing and the service all round was impeccable. I look forward to traveling to Port Alfred. My drive may be long, but I will always have a place to call home.

Jamie Schoeman

Fantastic stay!

If you are wanting to stay at the best B+B in Port Alfred, this Guest House is where you need to go. The food is on another level, the accommodation, service and most of all the views are just incredible!!! We will always go back to The Lookout, it is quite simply better than any other.



A Lovely Christmas Stay

We met up with our family the Guest House for Christmas in PA and had a most wonderful time. We made use of the bar and entertainment area for Christmas lunch and enjoyed the pool, the good weather and beautiful sea views. There was plenty of space to gather round and open presents and the well-stocked kitchens ensured we had everything we needed to make a big family meal. The comfy bed and the delicious breakfast provided by guesthouse was the cherry on top of our relaxing stay! The owners went above and beyond to cater to our needs and we really couldn’t have ask for more



Best coastal getaway around

My girlfriend and I have stayed at the Guest House many times and we have never once had anything short of an amazing time. The owners are an incredible hosts - always very kind and generous. The staff are very friendly, and the dogs (three schnauzers) are adorable. The views from the guesthouse are incredible and the units are always spotlessly clean, very comfortable, and come with all the amenities and utilities you could need. We will definitely be back.



Lovely Guest House - highly recommended

Very tasteful and super comfortable accommodation with large rooms and all the amenities needed & more!! All this with an incredible view. The owners went out of their way to ensure our stay was exceptional in every way.

All round a first class guest house.

Sonja G


What a lovely experience!

We were thrilled to make the decision to stop over in port alfred and discover a hidden gem. We extended our stay for 3 nights and loved every minute. The rooms are huge with every amenity needed. The furnishings are tasteful, and quirky with great attention to detail. We were hosted by Angi who goes out of her way to make you comfortable. Delicious breakfasts are brought to your room to enjoy privately on your own balcony with the most amazing view of the sea , marina and Port alfred. Highly recommend this Guest House. Good value for money as well

Anne Mitchell


The place to stay in Port Alfred


London, United Kingdom

Amazing, Family-friendly stay!

My family and I stayed at The Lookout over the December period. We had an amazing time! The rooms really feel like a home-away-from-home, with their warm and inviting decor and little extra touches. The food was amazing, and the little ones were endlessly entertained at the pool, while the adults enjoyed a drink at the little braai and bar on site. A truly amazing visit - you are a wonderful host and we cannot thank you enough! Will definitely be coming back :)

Emma J



Everything was fantastic. Wonderful views/spotlessly clean/immaculate throughout/excellent hosts/safe parking We had room 3 which was ideal for 2 people. Thoroughly recommend. All in all outstanding place to stay.

via TripAdvisor

Absolutely gorgeous property.

We were blown away by how lovely our apartment was and the view was incredible. Very well equipped, super comfortable and great value for money! We all loved having a dip in the pool!! The perfect way to wake up in the morning was with the catered breakfast on our balcony, it was delicious and such a treat. Wish we had booked another night as we loved it in Port Alfred and the Guest House far exceeded our expectations. *Would highly recommend *

via TripAdvisor

Excellent accommodation & lovely hosts.

As suggested by the name the views over Port Alfred are excellent. Our accommodation was light and airy with masses of room . Everything provided for self catering needs. There is a nice little pool to cool off in when the weather is hot!



This venue has the best view ever! Louise is always friendly and available to assist. We find the rooms very comfortable with all the necessary facilities for self catering. We have returned 3 times and find Unit 2 the best.

Francis P

Port Alfred

The place is stunning, the view is amazing and the service was great. Louise is so friendly, she made me feel right at home! breakfast was lovely. I would definitely recommend the lookout guest house to friends and family. Lovely getaway place for couples.

Leandre M


I'm lost for words describing the awesome service and the breathtaking view of the marina you get to experience when at the lookout guest house. I just want to say keep up the good work and thanks for welcoming us at your beautiful home.


This is an AT HOME B&B.with a most concerned lady of the house. Safe parking, the gardener washed my car without being asked!Great location, lovely view, very friendly owners and staff.

Alexandra K

Mubai, India

The Guest House is aptly named as it provides sweeping views over the Port Alfred marina development to the ocean beyond. It's also very convenient for the town centre and nearby restaurants, shopping mall, golf course, etc. This attractive property is very well maintained inside and out and we enjoyed a most comfortable 3 night stay. We particularly appreciated the high standard of cleanliness, the well equipped kitchenette and thoughtful little touches. Louise was most friendly and welcoming and we would have no hesitation in recommending The Lookout to anyone seeking high quality, good value accommodation in the area.

Armadillo Studios


We loved staying here, it was so quiet and peaceful. The rooms are very spacious and clean with all the needed amenities. Everyone there are very friendly and welcoming, we felt right at home! The breakfast was a generous portion and delicious! Our favourite part was the view! Waking up to see the ocean and those huge waves...just Amazing! Will definitely come back here.

The Dune Daisy

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283

Skype: cliff.jacobs


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