Waking up on an idyllic farm resort, taking a leisurely stroll through untouched vegetation before a lunchtime river cruise or a more adventurous session of surfing ended off with drinks overlooking the ocean… now that’s what summer holidays are made of!
It may be three months away, but December is already calling our names. The month that conjures up images of lazy beach days and sun-soaked outdoor meandering is just around the corner, making now the perfect time to start planning a dream holiday before the booking rush begins and you’re forced to stick to your ‘same old, same old’ getaway.
Port Alfred, situated conveniently along the Eastern Cape coast between East London and Port Elizabeth, guarantees a vacation with more va-va-voom than your average sleepy seaside town. Thankfully, for those looking for the tranquility of a few weeks’ rest without having to do too much, the options of chilling out are equally endless.
By making Green Fountain Farm Resort your base, you’ll find yourself rising to the peaceful, green abundance of nature, only six kilometres outside the hubbub of Port Alfred. Other coastal towns such as Kleinemonde, Cannon Rocks and Kenton-on-Sea are just as accessible.
Port Alfred’s Kelly’s Beach might have the biggest pull factor, however. Its Blue Flag status makes it one of South Africa’s most cared-for stretches of sand, while its warm waters and perfectly sculpted waves offer the friendliest invitation for December-holiday memory-making.
Fancy a round of golf? Port Alfred boats one of the country’s most scenic courses at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, and Green Fountain Farm Resort’s top-notch driving range is the ideal spot at which to practice before venturing onto the undulating fairways. For a holiday spiked with more adrenaline, consider waterskiing down the Kowie River, bodyboarding East and West Beach, deep-sea fishing or scuba diving. There’s horseriding for those wanting to absorb the scenery at a more casual pace, while canoeing through Port Alfred’s marina is a fun way to watch holiday-makers braaiing on their white-home patios.
Although Port Alfred is filled with enough shops, restaurants, galleries and watering holes for you never to have to leave, Bathurst and Grahamstown are also within close proximity when inland exploration calls, with the Big Pineapple (and freshly made pineapple juice) being a must-stop en route.
Start booking now so that the only dilemma you’re left to deal with in December is, ‘Are we there yet?’