About Alexandria Dunefield

These extensive dunefields cover 142 square kilometers of ground, with some dunes being 2.5 kilometers wide and up to 140 meters high. Located near Colchester, Alexandria Dunefield is about a 25 minute drive from Port Elizabeth (+/- 40 km on the N2).

Did you know? In 2004 The South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism suggested that the area be recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and it currently sits on a Unesco waiting list for evaluation.

Alexandria Dunefield is a reserve on the Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, that is privately owned by a family who has been farming chicory and livestock here since 1899.

Some Dunes are lush with vegetation while others lie bare. Amongst these massive mounds are many pockets of bushes that are home to small animals such as the Dune Gerbil which is endemic to South Africa and the Bush Pig, which can be spotted darting around.

Vervet Monkeys and a variety of bird species can be seen amongst the dunes. A guided walk will show you possible remnants of human activity displayed by ‘shell middens’, which is a dump site or spot within a village or area used by early man to dispel their waste and unwanted things. These are often an indication of the type of food consumed.

Learn about the geology of the dunes and the species that live in and around the area.

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WhereAlexandria, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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