Diaz Cross Memorial

The Diaz Memorial Cross at Kwaaihoek near the Bushman's River Mouth, just outside of Alexandria, is a provincial heritage site. Bartholmew Diaz was a Portuguese navigator, and the first European to set foot on South African soil, and discoverer of the Cape. The Portuguese sailors planted many padrao or stone pillars along the coast during their ports of call in the 14th and 15th centuries. These padrao were sandstone pillars with the cross of the Portuguese flag chiselled into the face to mark territory discovered by the early explorers.

Diaz Cross is about a 3km walk which takes between 40min and an hour, from Boknes and a 6km (1.5 - 2 hours) from Bushman's River Mouth. From Boknes it is a very easy walk - in fact on a clear day one can see the cross from the Boknes parking area. From Boesmans one walks over (or around if the tide permits) Kwaaihoek to Diaz Cross. This walk is recommended for low tide. Look out for many marine creatures in the rock pools at Kwaaihoek; on the beaches look out for whales and dolphins.

The Diaz Cross Memorial at Kwaaihoek is one of three crosses erected by Bartholmew Diaz when he navigated the Cape coast in the fifteenth century, on his epic journey seeking a route to India, with a squadron of three ships, two caravels and a square-rigged store ship. The original cross was erected 12 March 1488, and was replaced by a replica. The original Diaz cross is in in the William Cullen Library at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. This cross was originally thought to have been erected on an island off the coast of present day Port Elizabeth, however it was discovered by Professor Eric Axelson on the coast near the Alexandria dune fields in 1937. The other two crosses are to be found in Cape Town and at Mossel Bay's Market Square.

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Dreamers Villa @ Bushmans

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bushman's River Mouth

4.3km North of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

Dreamers Villa has the rare quality of being a Beach House with a farm like atmosphere and has a real holiday ambience. It has three bedrooms, sharing two and a half bathrooms. The TV Room has a sleeper couch. A fourth large en-suite bedroom is available

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Sleeps: 13
From R 1 690,00
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The Stables

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Bushman's River Mouth

4.6km North of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

The Stables offers traditional rustic outdoor self-catering holiday accommodation to families who enjoy water and nature.

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59 on Westbourne

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kenton-on-sea

5.2km North of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

Our beautiful 5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom home is situated on the Bushmans River near the sea. The house sleeps up to 12 people with comfortable living space. There are panoramic views of the sea and river and we are a 5 minute walk to the shops and beaches.

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Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms
From R 325,00
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Dunwerkin

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Kenton-on-sea

6.4km North East of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

Two x2 bedroomed en-suite luxury up-market units each with fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, comfortable living area with full DStv and DVD. Ceilings fans and underfloor heating throughout. Private patio with patio furniture, Weber braai, ...

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Sleeps: 32 in 16 units/rooms
From R 3 405,00
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Sibuya Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Grahamstown

6.7km North East of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

The delightfully scenic Kariega River estuary winds its way through wooded thickets and steep banks before opening out onto wide, grassy flats and sandbanks just upstream of the Indian Ocean mouth

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Sleeps: 6
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Belton

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kenton-on-sea

16.9km North West of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

Belton farm is situated in close proximity to the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, offering you the best of both worlds. It is within easy distance to the beautiful beaches of Kenton-on-Sea, game lodges offering Big 5 game viewing...

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
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Kellys Beachfront Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Port Alfred

28.7km North East of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

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.

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Ripples

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Alfred

29.5km North East of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

Ripples is a large, newly refurbished luxury self-catering property situated in a prime location on the west bank of the River Kowie, in the picturesque Eastern Cape coastal town of Port Alfred; ideally suited for group holidays, family reunions and bespo

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Kowie River Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port Alfred

29.6km North East of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

With a sublime climate, warm ocean and rich history, Port Alfred is a well-kept secret amongst hundreds of local and international visitors. Kowie River Chalets is located in a prime spot overlooking the ocean, close to all the attractions of this seaside

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Dockside Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Port Alfred

29.7km North East of center of Diaz Cross Memorial

Dockside Guest House is situated directly across the picturesque small boat harbour on the East Bank of beautiful Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape - situated midway - exactly 150km between the cities of East London and Port Elizabeth.

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