The coast with the most

2009-07-25 00:00

TOWNS like Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea and Bathurst on or near the Sunshine Coast not only offer real marvels on the nature front, but are also great places to stay and offer fun activities.

Recently, the Cacadu District Municipality organised a tour for media workers to showcase its variety of tourist destinations.

It laid on a pleasure trip that offered canoeing, diving, fishing and houseboating.

Another leg of the trip to Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea offered a stay in a forest camp and a game reserve with treasured animals like elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, lions, birds.

The village of Bathurst between Grahamstown and Port Alfred features a colossal man-made pineapple, said to be the biggest in the world.

Cacadu, known as the “sunshine district”, covers Grahamstown in the west, Nieu-Bethesda and the Karoo in the north and the Tsistsikamma forest in the east.

It also has Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s 2010 World Cup host cities.

The city is location of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, which is the first soccer stadium to be finished ahead of schedule.

In an interview with Weekend Witness, Cacadu District Municipal tourism development and marketing officer Buhle Mgudlwa said: “The intention is to get more attention for our attractions …

“We not only provide beaches that offer marine sports, but the area also boasts tranquility because the reserves that we have provide for a laid-back culture.”

Kenton tourism director Erica McNulty said distinctive tourism attractions in the area include the two parallel rivers — Kariega and Bushmen’s — and 13 game reserves with big seven animals if the whales and the great whites sharks are included.

“Our area is not called the Sunshine Coast for nothing. It has the more sunshine than any province in the country,” said McNulty with a chuckle.



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