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  • Elegant but relaxed beach holiday ambiance
  • Sweeping vistas over the town and ocean from this hilltop location
  • Close to beaches, restaurants and holiday fun

The Lookout Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Port Alfred


-33.5914, 26.8954


The Lookout GuestHouse is passionately managed by its owners, Louise and Alan Corrans, who could not have chosen a better place from which to admire the quaint Port Alfred. 

Situated on a hill, the guesthouse offers views of the vibrant boat harbour, the natural beauty of the Kowie River and the picturesque Indian Ocean.

From the clean-cut seaside ambience of the rooms, guests can enjoy these panoramic views through large windows, which also let in plenty of light. The rooms are elegant but homely, and have the convenience of well-equipped kitchenettes.

Unit 1 - otherwise known as Sky - is a spacious open-plan room that has a King-size bed that can be converted into twins. The whitewashed wooden floor of the bedroom melts into the tiles of the comfortable living room, dining area and well-equipped kitchenette. The glossy en-suite bathroom has an enclosed glass shower. A sofa bed is available for a child tagging along with their parents.

From the patio of Unit 2, called the Sun Room, views looking over the swimming pool encompass the sea, river and marina. This stylishly decorated unit is slightly larger than Sky, featuring a King/twin bedroom, a seating area with grand modern armchairs and a sleek wooden dining room table leading to the kitchenette. Two divans can be set up to accommodate an extra adult or two kids.

Unit 3 has a very comfy lounge leading onto the patio and swimming pool. The unit also features an open-plan setup, but the Queen-size bed is situated in a spacious separate bedroom.

The showpiece of the guest house is undoubtedly the pool deck, a huge expanse of wood fringed by tall trees. Here, guests can relax on loungers under shady umbrellas, or enjoy a continental and cooked breakfast while enjoying a bird’s eye view of the marina and the town’s pretty grey and white houses, contrasted by the bright blue ocean. A lifebuoy on the deck’s railing proudly proclaims the guesthouse’s name and is an interesting focal point. 

A characterful semi-enclosed braai area, where the fire can be made on a keyhole-shaped plinth, adjoins the pool deck. A few steps away, the humorously named ‘dispensary’ pub stocks a wide range of drinks and is brimming with an arsenal of quirky objects to keep you chuckling and ogling.

The Lookout is just less than five minutes away from Port Alfred’s golden beaches, and although you can easily go the self-catering route, there are some very good restaurants close by. Take a river cruise, play some golf, or take the unique chance to visit the world’s biggest pineapple in nearby Bathurst, a 16.7m-high tribute to the success of pineapple farming in the area.

Rates & Summary

Unit 1

Sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
Sofa bed for extra child
En-suite shower
Living and dining area
River and marina views

Unit 2

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Extra adult or two children can be accommodated
Bath and shower
Living and dining area
Ocean, river and marina views

Unit 3

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
Extra person can be accommodated
En-suite shower
Patio with ocean and marina views


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Continental and Full English breakfast included


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The Lookout Guest House is a bed-and-breakfast establishment perched on a hill overlooking the quaint seaside town of Port Alfred. The guesthouse offers an elegant beach-house ambience and showcases scenic views of the attractive town, river and ocean, enabling the full idyllic Port Alfred experience.


  • Elegant but relaxed beach holiday ambiance
  • Sweeping vistas over the town and ocean from this hilltop location
  • Close to beaches, restaurants and holiday fun

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool

Nearby: beaches, marina, fishing, whale watching, boating, canoeing, nature reserves, hiking trails, golf course, museums, lighthouse, the Big Pineapple.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Hot Plates
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • No security guard




Sunshine Coast

Eastern Cape


With the most recorded sunshine hours in South Africa, the name Sunshine Coast is no idle boast or empty promise. Situated between Port Elizabeth and East London, the quaintness of the Sunshine Coast is a welcome escape from big-city bustle. 

The area includes the inland towns of Alexandria, Salem and Bathhurst, with kilometres of beaches accessed via Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Bushmans River Mouth, Kenton-on-sea, Kasouga, Port Alfred and the Great Fish River area. The mixed derivations of these names suggest the rich cultural heritage of the area – the primary meeting point of San, Xhosa, Boer and British. The British influence is clear in the architecture of Bathhurst, Salem and Grahamstown.

Driving on the N2 or its tributaries the R67 or R72, the rolling green hills Lord Charles Somerset likened to English parklands were not exactly what the settlers expected. The unique dark golden-green shade of the Albany Thicket biome is due to the dense growth of hardy drought-resistant plants such as aloe, euphorbia and spekboom. Rain falls in winter and summer, and while not frequent, it is at times unpredictable, so the vegetation is built to withstand fickle skies.

Although unattractively scrubby to some, the Thicket contains 20% of the 316 threatened plant species found in the Eastern Cape, making it an important centre of endemism.

One is tempted to describe this beautiful and unusual landscape as “untouched”, but the area has long been farmed, with cattle, sheep, ostriches, pineapples and chicory among its historically successful concerns. Many farms have since been converted back into game reserves, such as the world-class, malaria-free Kariega and Shamwari Reserves. Game fences line the long, quiet, tarred roads and drivers are often startled at the sight of elephants, giraffes or other game grazing along the fences.

Drivers should also look out for smaller wildlife - porcupines, small antelope, hares, snakes, owls and tortoises - crossing the roads at dawn, dusk and at night.

The beaches and dunes of this coastline are magnificent. The Alexandria dunefield - famously the largest active dunefield in the world - and the exquisite Alexandria State Forest have been absorbed by the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. 

While Kenton-on-sea and Port Alfred are the main seaside attractions, the family-oriented Cannon Rocks, Boknes and Kasouga are popular places to buy holiday homes and have a few lovely self-catering and guest cottages.

The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is a replica of the padrão erected there by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias on his 1488 cruise past the South African coast. At the Cross there is a deck for dolphin sightings and whale-spotting in late spring and early summer. In season, southern right whales are sighted all along the Sunshine Coast.

Despite its fairly good roads and obvious attractions, this area is still, miraculously, relatively unspoilt and undeveloped. With the exception of the graceful Port Alfred Marina, attempts to beat its bush and rivers into commercial shape have been abandoned and it remains gentle, peaceful, simple, pristine and soul-enriching.

Situated on the Indian Ocean, one needn’t expect the “bath water” temperatures of KwaZulu-Natal  - Sunshine Coast swims are invigoratingly cool and sometimes chilly, but seldom as achingly cold as the Western Cape.

The area doesn’t have the same flashy allure as other popular seaside destinations, but if you think of the coast as a place to relax and unwind, rather than paint the town red, there is no better place to visit.

Look out for

Addo Elephant National Park, 30 minutes from PE, features the “Big Seven” (the Big Five, plus southern right whales and great white sharks).

Explore Alexandria’s dunefields on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail or the seven-kilometre Dassie Day Trail, named for a rare tree dassie in the area.

Bathurst - founded in 1820, this “English country village in Africa”, 10 minutes from Port Alfred, is home to the Pig & Whistle, the oldest pub in South Africa, and the 16,7-metre-high Big Pineapple.

With unspoiled beaches, the tiny villages of Cannon Rocks, Boknes, Kleinemonde are a fisherman’s and bird-watcher’s paradise. Cannon Rocks is named for its two cannons and anchor. The Dias Cross at Kwaaihoek is an uplifting thee-kilometre walk from Boknes across incredible sandy beaches, or a six-kilometre walk at low tide from Bushmans River.

Bushmans River – the second-longest navigable river in South Africa, with 22 kilometres of navigable water, is a favourite with canoeists, sailors, water-skiers and fishermen.

Kasouga – maintains its rustic beginnings with dirt roads and no streetlights, hotels and shops, wonderful birdlife and an exquisite lagoon.

Port Alfred – enjoy the elegance of the Royal Alfred Marina. Famous for its annual powerboat race, Port Alfred offers provides great shopping, dining, and beauty retreats.

The Sunshine Coast, and nearby holiday meccas such as Great Fish River, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and the Wild Coast, offers excellent surfing, adventure and water sports, fishing, nature reserves and world-class hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, beach horse-rides, bird watching, 4x4 trails, game-viewing, golf, and as well as rich local arts and culture.

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