Kowie History Museum

Kowie History Museum

The Eastern Cape town of Port Alfred is affectionately known as the "Kowie", named after the wide tidal river mouth of the Kowie River, which flows through the town to the sea. It is said that the name is of Khoi origin, and means "rushing waters".

The Kowie History Museum focuses largely on the social history of the historic Albany District. while highlighting the activities of the early settlers between the period of 1820 and 1889. Displays at the Kowie History Museum include an old card index recording all of the names of the 4,000 British settlers and immediate descendants, who landed in the area in the early 1800's.

Another interesting exhibit featured at the museum is a display about the Briseis, which ran aground on a reef in 1859 while returning from India. The ship was reported to have been carrying gold and silver on board, which was never found. Another story tells of how the people of Port Alfred awoke one day, to find the ship resting on the reef, abandoned by its crew. The remains of the vessel can still be found today, scattered over about 150m. Tons of chain, her four anchors and large amounts of other debris can be seen submerged in about 12m of water. The wreck site has become a popular diving site at Port Alfred.

The Kowie History museum also houses an impressive collection of sea shells from the Port Alfred area. Port Alfred is well known for its interesting and varied shells which can be found along the shore. Much like Jeffrey's Bay further south, a massive variety of more than 1800 different species including perlemoen, phasignella, nautilus and turbonilla, are often found, as well as a number of rarities.

The small Kowie History Museum is situated in the Port Alfred suburb of East Bank, on the East bank of the Kowie River. The museum is housed in Port Alfred's old post office, which was once the premises of the Port Alfred High School until 1929.

Pascoe Crescent, East Bank.
Tel: (046) 624-4713.
Tues-Sat: 10:00-13:00

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The Lookout Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Port Alfred

0.4km East of Kowie History Museum

The 3 self contained units are all elegantly furnished, luxuriously appointed, have their own separate entrances and boast magnificent views. They are fully equipped with most of the modern conveniences and the well fitted kitchenettes are a real ...

Marina Rentals

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Alfred

0.5km East of Kowie History Museum

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Ripples

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Alfred

0.7km South East of Kowie History Museum

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Sleeps: 4

Place On The River

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Alfred

0.7km West of Kowie History Museum

Situated on the banks of the Kowie River - this 'heritage' home, sheltered from the prevailing wind, is within 500m of the centre of town and 150m from a number of good restaurants.

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms

Kellys Beachfront Apartments

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1.9km South of Kowie History Museum

The four units have fully equipped kitchens (stove, microwave and full-size fridge/freezer). Complimentary tea and coffee. The bedrooms has 2 extra length single beds in plus a double sleeper couch in the lounge. Top quality linen is provided.

Shelly Beach Cottages

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Port Alfred

2.1km South of Kowie History Museum

We offer you comfortable accommodation in 2 units, Each consisting of en-suite double bedroom, Lounge with TV and open plan fully equipped kitchen. Facilities are available for 2 extra guests per unit. The upstairs suite provides beautiful views

Chappys Cushion Game Lodge & Wellness Spa

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Bathurst

11.0km North West of Kowie History Museum

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Westend

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Seafield/ Kleinemonde

15.3km North East of Kowie History Museum

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Sandpiper Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Seafield/ Kleinemonde

16.2km North East of Kowie History Museum

Kleinemonde is a picturesque seaside hamlet situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, 15 km from Port Alfred.

Riverside Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Seafield/ Kleinemonde

16.2km North East of Kowie History Museum

This beach house consists of 6 bedrooms, of which 4 are main-en-suite. (Each room has a double bed). There is a family bathroom which boasts a spa bath, shower and a toilet as well as another separate toilet