Smaller Centres in Eastern Province

In the dry climate of the eastern Cape  there are few pools and places outside the bigger towns that have swimming pools and places of aquatic interest. 

Aliwal North

The resort town was established on the banks of the Orange River in 1850. It was a good place to cross the river into the Orange Free State, and it has a thermal hot springs that made the town famous. The resort was developed by the municipality, and boasted a number of swimming pools. After a period of neglect, the swimming pool sems to be operational again. 



Built on the banks of the Groot Visrivier, Cradock was established in 1812. The town has a beautiful municipal swimming pool which is used by the local schools. The nearby Visrivier is the venue for the annual Hansa canoe marathon.



Port Alfred

The coastal villiage of Port Alfred has the Indian Ocean, miles of beatiful beaches, the Kowie river (ssen below circa 1890) and even an indoor swimming pool for its aquatic activities. Recently it has also hosted a Mile river race in the Kowie River. 


Port Alfred High School has a swimming pool.


Indoor swimming pool 

The biennial surf ski race from Port Elizabeth to  East London stops in Port Alfred. At 3am on the 7th January 1972, after a bet between lifesaver John Woods and runner John Ball, the start of the toughest surfski race began from the Port Elizabeth City Hall to the finish at Orient Beach in East London. 


After proclamation in 1929, the town experienced organic growth by attracting families who were attracted by the new winter resort advertised in the George and Knysna Herald from 1927 onwards.


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