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Houseboats Port Alfred

Port Alfred, South Africa
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Self-drive holiday houseboats on the Kowie River. The fully equipped houseboats comfortably sleep 4 adults and a child for a memorable stay. A temporary skippers license will be arranged if you dont have one.
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Casey B wrote a review 19 Jun
Port Elizabeth, South Africa43 contributions16 helpful votes
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Booking was done by email and confirmed with friendly professionalism. You do need a skipper license for this type of boat and they can issue you a temporary Skippers license for a nominal fee: this takes approximately 40 minutes, but you must notify them prior to arrival. Our arrival and checkin was smooth. We were given a boat called Arc Royale. It was clean, well outfitted and well maintained. We went through the checklist, including the propeller and onboard water capacity - quick & efficient. The boat was relatively easy to handle considering it’s size and with the 40hp motor, was manoeuvre-able and comfortable for two people to cope with. The Kowie river is beautiful - it remains clean & one of the best navigable rivers we have been on. Wildlife is seen around the banks by the Mansfield Reserve, and the birdlife is absolutely stunning. We witnessed an endless variety of birds from fishers to raptors, on the river banks. We also had the awesome surprise of having a seal breach right next to our open bedroom window, whilst enjoying an early morning coffee. Fishing is also good - rods & tackle can be hired from reception for a reasonable fee… fishing was best done at the turn of the tide… we hooked a number of exciting fish & crab, which never made it onto the boat, but provided much entertainment. The boat had a couple of board games onboard which came in handy during the second day when the weather turned extremely poor; gale force winds, rains and a Spring tide meant that the river was restless and turbulent in some places, however the onboard navigation map was accurate and provided us with plenty of calm and protected areas to moor in. Being warm & safe in your boat whilst the elements of Nature throw a tantrum around you, is truly satisfying. The only minor negative was the gas shower did not stay hot; it would shut off after 30 seconds and the water went cold in a hurry. This did not impact our overall experience which more than made up for this inconvenience. As it was Winter, we took our own hot water bottles with, which proved invaluable - it was decidedly chilly at night, and together with the extra bedding available onboard, made the nights warm & comfortable despite the frosty evenings. Returning to harbour was just as easy and we left the boat with excellent memories and a great experience to repeat again in the future. Highly recommended and would return again.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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KayleeHofert wrote a review Apr 2021
East London, South Africa1 contribution2 helpful votes
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay. It was nice and peaceful on the river, yet we felt safe. We were well informed of the facilities and would definitely come back or recommend a stay on the houseboat to friends and family.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Lara S wrote a review Mar 2021
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We only took the houseboat out for a day trip, but it really was an incredible day. The boat had everything that we could possibly need - from braai, to cutlery and crockery, to a handy table that we could dine at out of the sun for a little bit (not that we wanted to leave the sun!) The map provided was exceptionally useful, showing us great spots to stop for a break, and overall it was a day that none of us will be forgetting anytime soon.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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795dylan wrote a review Dec 2020
Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa1 contribution
The boat "Tranquillity" lived up to its name. An incredible trip well worth doing again. The Kowie river is beautiful and to explore it via the house boat was a treat
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Date of experience: December 2020
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JessieLUV wrote a review Dec 2019
Port Elizabeth, South Africa1 contribution
Wonderful to just relax and unwind in the beauty, peace and quiet of the Kowie River. Just what your soul needs.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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