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Now no longer the scene of conflict and strife, it is about people breaking through frontiers. Frontier Country is the historic heartland of the Eastern Cape and embodies the spirit of the many and varied cultures who met here and made their mark - Khoi, Xhosa, Boer and British.
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Picturesque Grahamstown with its broad tree-lined streets, imposing public buildings and schools and shopping malls is situated 130km from Port Elizabeth on the N2.

This Cathedral City is home to Rhodes University and is renowned worldwide for its heritage as a Centre for Arts and Culture, which climax during the Annual Grahamstown Festival.

Grahamstown was founded by Lt. Colonel John Graham in 1812 as the military headquarters for a system of forts along the Fish River, the boundary of the Cape Colony and has flourished to this day.

It is a centre of region of outstanding beauty with a diversity of architecture, cultures, flora and fauna.

Grahamstown is situated in the CACADU district of the Eastern Cape. 

It is hard not to slow down and be captivated by the majestic and contrasting natural beauty of this area and its diverse scenery, wildlife, history, architecture and cultures. 

A hauntingly beautiful region full of little gems just waiting to be discovered.

Become an everyday explorer in a place where time stands still and your spirit is inspired to soar to greater heights.

Explore the undiscovered adventures and stories that this area holds secret with its miles of sun-drenched coastline, rich wildlife and picturesque towns. Discover a treasure chest of breathtaking panoramic views, unspoiled beauty and welcoming smiles from the locals. Be a part of the natural wonder of this unbelievable region – be enchanted, enticed, excited.

There is something for everyone in this district!

  • See the Big Five in the wild in malaria-free surroundings
  • Close-up views of a breeding herd of over 400 elephants
  • World-class beaches on the Sunshine Coast
  • Six plant biomes in one region
  • Game viewing, nature reserves and wildlife
  • The worlds perfect surfing wave
  • The worlds highest bungi-jump
  • The country's major game hunting industry
  • Safari's, five-star game lodges and tented camps
  • Look out over the awesome valley of Desolation
  • History, heritage and a rich mix of cultures and lifestyles
  • Graaff-Reinet a gracious town with the most national museums in SA
  • Explore the deep in warm water with beautiful reefs, wrecks and hard coral
  • See the copper-domed Kouga Cultural Centre
  • Hike among forest giants in the Tsitsikamma forests
  • Get lucky and sight a Cape otter in the sea
  • Watch whales and dolphins at play
  • Marvel at one of the biggest coastal dune fields in the world

Grahamstown is also known as the heart of frontier country – a vibrant mix of all the best that Africa has to offer – where many intense battles where fought and many famous warriors are remembered. True country hospitality reigns in this area.

  • World class game lodges, hotels, guest houses
  • Grahamstown National Arts Festival June/July
  • The annual National Festival of Science/Engineering and technology in March
  • The Observatory which houses one of the only two Victorian Cameras Obscura in the world
  • Bushman's Sands Country Estate – with game drives, a Gary Player 18 hole Golf course and health spa
  • The historical 1820 Settlers' Monument
  • Skydiving and hand-gliding
  • History, modern art, Rhodes University
  • The oldest English royal post-box in the country
  • Museums are plentiful and the streets are lined with quaint settler houses
Grahamstown is renowned for its excellent Schools and Rhodes University. The international Library of African Music and the National English Literary Museum make for interesting viewing. South Africa’s first dinosaur was discovered near Grahamstown and the story of the coelacanth, believed to have been extinct can be discovered at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.

The city is surrounded by numerous small towns and villages leading to the magnificent Sunshine Coast with beaches that are one of South Africa’s hidden treasures. The Albany area has a multitude of historical pineapple farms and abounds with some of the most beautiful and well-known malaria free game and nature reserves in the Eastern Cape. There are various outdoor adventures and activities to choose from 4x4 trails, skydiving, rock climbing, surfing, fishing, boating to whale watching and more.


This tranquil coastal town lies between the Kariga and Bushman Rivers. It is host to beautiful bays, beaches and rivers where various water sports and angling are popular activities. The Ghio Wetland Reserve and the Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve are two popular reserves which can be found between Kenton-on-Sea and Bushmans River Mouth and between Alexandria and Kenton-On-Sea/Bushmans River respectively.

Port Alfred the heart of the Sunshine Coast

Port Alfred is the most sought-after holiday destination on Route 72 and is known for its wonderful temperate climate, endless pristine beaches, friendly village atmosphere, glorious surf, magnificent deep sea and river fishing and the laid-back lifestyle so beloved by all visitors, many of whom become permanent residents.

The scenic coastal town of Port Alfred lies midway between Port Elizabeth and East London on the Kowie River. It is a bustling commercial and residential town in magnificently picturesque surroundings.


The surroundings of Grahamstown is largely occupied by Nature/game Reserves stretching towards the Sunshine Coast, Big Five Reserves about with a vein system of healthy rivers flowing through...

Kariega offers a combination of “BIG5” game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and bird life in a landscape that spans across 5 different eco systems, offering the most dramatic views and vistas.


  • Two exclusive safari lodges
  • One sole-use villa
  • Exceptional Big Five game viewing
  • Malaria-free African wilderness
  • Day and night safaris
  • Specialist Historic Safari
  • Sweeping views of the Great Fish River
  • Commitment to conservation
  • Member of Relais & Chateaux

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape near Grahamstown, and is a natural conclusion to a journey along the world-famous Garden Route. A victory for far-sighted conservation, 20 000 hectares (49 000 acres) of farmland in the Great Fish River region were restored and restocked with African wildlife. Today, thousands of animals including lion, black and white rhino, buffalo and elephant roam this diverse and fascinating reserve.

Kwandwe aptly means “Place of the Blue Crane” in Xhosa (South Africa’s highly endangered national bird) and is home to a population of these rare birds. It offers an exceptional safari experience in a region steeped in history and culture. The Great Fish River was a hotly contested border during the Frontier Wars of 1779 to 1878 between the Xhosa nation, Dutch farmers and the 1820 Settlers from England. Kwandwe’s reception building is a Frontier War-era fortified homestead, and the Reserve boasts its own intimate chapel. Kwandwe is a proud member of Relais & Chateaux.

Pumba Private Game Reserve is located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and is a mere 1 hours drive from Port Elizabeth and 15 minutes from the historical Grahamstown, while the Gary Player design Golf Course at Alicedale is only 30km away.

With its 5 star game lodge luxury, guests have every opportunity to enjoy the ultimate essence of South Africa's luxury and style. The luxurious Pumba Water lodge comprises of 12 stone-walled, thatched, waterfront cottages all opening onto a private timber deck with outdoor shower and plunge pool overlooking the Kariega Lake and game drinking water or splashing around. The new Msenge Bush Lodge offers 11 chalets in the thick bush also with all 11 bedrooms opening up onto a timber deck with outdoor shower and plunge pool overlooking roaming game.

Enjoy the following activities that are available in the area surrounding the reserve, while visiting us at Pumba Private Game Reserve:

  • Big Five Game Drives
  • Bass Fishing
  • Massages
  • Horse Back Trails
  • Golf
  • Sky Diving
  • Coastal Helicopter Flips
  • Historical Tours
  • Frontier War Tours

Tenuta Spring Grove offers a unique African Experience combining unparalleled hospitality, wildlife and a range of adventure activities – yet within the atmosphere of a luxury private home for the enjoyment of a select few.

Kwantu Private Game Reserve, where a mystical blend of nature and history waits to awaken your body, mind, and soul ... Set in the splendour of the malaria free Eastern Cape, within the heart of Frontier Country. This untouched wilderness boasts a past as rich as its abundant wildlife population. From the tranquillity of the Day Centre, with its traditional African Cuisine, to the wild majesty of a 3-hour Game drive, Kwantu will capture your imagination, leaving you physically and mentally rejuvenated, soulfully inspired, and delayed in awe of this magnificent slice of South Africa.

Elanjeni Private Game Reserve situated between Grahamstown and Kenton-on-sea is home to Rhino, Buffalo, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and a large variety of antelope including Kudu, Eland, Waterbuck, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok, Bushbuck and a prolific amount of birdlife. River Cruise and Game drives daily including snacks and refreshments.

Lalibela Game Reserve – Big Five – Malaria Free, Lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, African wild dog hippo, giraffe, zebra and numerous species of antelope. Unique to the area Lalibela has no public roads running through its property. All of the animals including predators are free roaming throughout the entire reserve.

Shamwari Game Reserve is the ultimate luxury big five African adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is big 5, malaria free and is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years. It is situated in verdant bush along the Bushman’s River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route.

Luxury accommodation is offered in 6 different lodges on this private game reserve. Choose a lodge that compliments your ideal African experience. Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realisation of one man’s dream, and the success of many people’s passion.

Steeped in pioneer history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 25 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life.

Bushman Sands Hotel and Golf Course, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Discover a world of opportunity and affordable luxury nestled in the heart of a fascinating Victorian railway town. Steeped in history and exuding the character of the luxurious Victorian era, this meticulously restored property offers plenty of modern comforts.

The 4-star hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage & modern luxury. The Gary Player designed Golf Course is perfect for the keen golfer. There are thrilling adventure options & prospects of viewing Big Game. Those wanting relaxation, pampering & peace will find alternatives at the spa or at the poolside or even on a tranquil sunset boat cruise. Cuisine, served in the Bunkers Restaurant, is typically South Africa, combining Xhosa, English and Cape Malay influences.

Rewarding for families and satisfying for visitors interested in the turbulent & fascinating history of the area, Bushman Sands has won wide acclaim as a forerunner of sustainable ecological and community tourism.

Sibuya Game Reserve– malaria free. Outstanding big 4 Game Viewing, luxury tented camps, birding, game drives, boat cruises, fishing, bush and beach walks, canoeing, stunning scenery.

Amakhala Big 5 Game Reserve offers luxury accommodation in Safari Lodges, Country Houses and restored Settler Farmhouses located between the Greater Addo and Frontier Country area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Game Park is stocked with a great variety of wild life including Elephant, Giraffe, Rhinos, Lions, Leopard, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Zebra and many other species. Guided day and night time Game tours are available.


Rhodes University owes its unique character among South African universities to a combination of factors - some historical, some geographical, some cultural and some architectural. An important influence in this respect is the university’s smallness which, together with its residence system, allows unusually close contact between students and their lecturers, in surroundings that foster fellowship and learning. Small classes mean more personal attention and encourage greater involvement of students in their work. The end result is that successive generations of Rhodes graduates have had an influence on southern Africa and world affairs out of all proportion to their small number.

The future of Rhodes lies not in greater numbers, but in increasing academic excellence and building upon almost a century of academic achievement. The University has earned a world-wide reputation for the high quality of its education and all Rhodes degrees are internationally recognised.

Rhodes University is one of the largest industries in Grahamstown with approximately 5000 students and 1200 staff members. The Grahamstown campus is graced with lovely grounds, an abundance of sports facilities offering an ideal physical environment for studying.

Rhodes University has six faculties, namely: Commerce, Education, Humanities, Law, Pharmacy, and Science. Rhodes has developed an international reputation for many of its undergraduate courses such as journalism, psychology, drama and economics, with graduates of those disciplines excelling in their fields. New and exciting combinations of courses are looked at on a regular basis taking into account the market demand.

More than thirty sports at a social, inter-house, inter-hall, league, provincial or national level with over 85% of students taking part. An active Student Adviser’s office offers comprehensive personal counselling to students, with a campus sanatorium looking after the physical and mental well-being of the students.

Most religions are represented at Rhodes and dining halls offer a variety of diets to accommodate religious needs. There are a variety of religious societies amongst the over forty active societies affiliated to the Students’ Representative Council. Amongst these are a campus radio station, a student newspaper, a chamber choir, a debating society, cultural groups, etc.

Rhodes is an established University that is committed to excellence in research and to developing and maintaining a culture of research. The contribution of research to teaching ensures that the University produces analytical and creative graduates with a lifelong love of learning who will be innovative and entrepreneurial leaders many years after graduating. Good research by definition is at the forefront of a particular discipline and lecturers who are active researchers are at the cutting edge of their subject, which impacts strongly on their approach to teaching.

The University and its associated Research Institutes are constantly seeking ways to increase and enhance its research and is committed to undertaking excellent and internationally recognised research in all fields but particularly those with importance and interest to South Africa.

Rhodes University encourages intra- and inter-disciplinary collaboration within the University and its associated institutes as well as with other South African institutions particularly those in the East Cape region. In addition Rhodes is keen to develop exchange programmes and research collaboration with SADC and overseas universities.

For further information on Rhodes University, please visit our web site at or contact The Registrar, Rhodes University,
P O Box 94
South Africa.


Founded in 1855, St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown is an innovative independent school that embraces new frontiers. This premium Anglican boarding school caters for 400 pupils from across the globe. From Grade 8 to Matric, pupils experience individual attention with a focus on fostering individual talent.

Somerset Street
Tel : +27(046) 603 2300
A leading Independent senior school for boys with boarding facilities.
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Founded in 1885, St Andrew's Preparatory is a nurturing family school where children from Pre-Primary to Grade 7 are educated in a caring, Christian environment so that each child can develop his or her potential to the full. Our success is measured in terms of confident, happy boys and girls who are equipped to face the challenges of the contemporary world with courage and sensitivity.

Leicester Street
Tel : +27(046) 603 2400
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Founded in 1874 by Bishop Nathaniel Merriman, DSG is one of the oldest girls' schools in the country. Situated in spacious grounds in Grahamstown, its campus adjoins its brother school, St Andrew's College. The DSG also has close links with St Andrew's Preparatory School where the girls attend classes with the boys in the Pre- Primary School and the Junior Primary section. Individuality and independent thought are encouraged, and the school offers an exceptionally wide choice of subjects. Education in the acquisition of life skills is also emphasised. Qualities such as respect, responsibility, self-discipline and tolerance are encouraged.

Tel : +27(046) 622 7203
P O Box 194
Grade 4 - 12 : Girls Independent
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Kingswood College derives it name and ideals from the college established by John Wesley in Bristol, England in 1748. The College is one of the oldest Methodist educational institutions in South Africa, with roots in the Settler days of the 1820s. It celebrated its centenary in 1994

Tel : +27(046) 622 4351
Fax : +27(046) 622 3084
Burton Street
Grade 1 - 12 : Independent
A leading co-educational independent boarding school.


Education in Grahamstown in the second half of the 19th century tended to divide the population along denominational and economic lines and, with few exceptions, was not altogether of a satisfactory standard. At a public meeting held in 1872 a resolution was moved to the effect that: "It is highly desirable to establish a high class undenominational school in Grahamstown, with a view to providing an education which is not furnished by any of the present schools." And so in April 1873, with an enrolment of 25 boarders and 45 day scholars, under the headmastership of the Rev. Robert Templeton, the Grahamstown Public School opened its doors in the Drostdy Barracks and the Drostdy House, newly vacated by the Colonial military authorities. Both these buildings have since been swallowed up in the Rhodes University campus.

Tel : +27(046) 622 7227
Fax : +27(046) 622 7491
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P O Box 281
Grade 1 - 12 : Boys A leading public school with boarding facilities.


Victoria Girls' High School is a Proudly South African, girls-only senior school of about 400 pupils, situated in Grahamstown, South Africa. The school caters for learners from grades 8 to 12 and offers an academically orientated selection of subjects.

Beaufort Street
Tel : +27(046) 636 1550


Victoria Girls' High School is a Proudly South African, girls-only senior school of about 400 pupils, situated in Grahamstown, South Africa. The school caters for learners from grades 8 to 12 and offers an academically orientated selection of subjects.

Beaufort Street
Tel : +27(046) 622 4850

Things to do

1820 Settlers National Monument, Gunfire Hill. Tel: 046 6031100.
A memorial with a purpose The Monument was built to commemorate the contributions made by English-speaking Settlers to South Africa. It is unlike any other monument because, since its opening on 13 July 1974, this superbly equipped building has been a centre of creative thought and activity. The Monument has become a meeting place for all South Africans. It was built to commemorate a worthy heritage and to encourage us to look forward with hope. The Monument is home to the Grahamstown Foundation, the organisers of the annual Standard Bank National Arts Festival and the Sasol National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology (SciFest). Hours : Mon-Sun 08h00 - 16h30. Tel (046) 622 7115.

Contact Brett of Amahlati Excursions Cell: 083 631 4800

Albany Museum, incorportating Natural Sciences, Somerset Street.
This museum is the second oldest museum in SA (est. 1855). Tel: (046) 622-2312.

The old artisan quarter with many restored original houses which reflect a number of 1820 Settler architectural styles.

Take a drive and go to the Toposcope, Pig & Whistle or Big Pineapple as well as the art gallery, pottery and national monument Bradshaws Mill.

Local artists can be found selling and crafting their wares on the lawns outside the Drosdty Arch, High Street.

Bird Watching
Diaz Bird Club - 046 6224900 or take a walk in the Botanical Gardens.

Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens adjoining Rhodes University are worth a visit, particularly on week-day mornings when few people are about. A one-hour walk can produce a list of 30 different species of birds. From Somerset Street, turn up the road between the Natural History and Cultural History sections of the Albany Museum; the main gates to the gardens are on the left, soon after you pass the Eden Grove section of Rhodes University. New developments on the upliftment of the maintenance and look of the gardens are soon to take place

Grahamstown Bowling Club, Cawood Street, Tel 046 622 3641

Visit the Cathedral of St Michael and St Geroge, with is belfry and spire - the tallest in South Africa - and spend a while listening to the bell ringing, magnificent organ or catch a lunchtime concert.

Camera Obscura.
Visit the Observatory Museum - Bathurst Street and view only Camera Obscura in Southern Africa 046 622 2312 The Observatory Museum houses the only camera obscura in the southern hemisphere.

Church Square
Take a walk down High Street to Church Square with its Victorian facades.

City of Saints, Sinners, and students. Visit one of the many - at least 52 including, school chapels, tabernacles and township sects.

in High Street bears the simple marble table commemorating the heroic 600-mile (960km) ride of Dick King from Port Natal to Grahamstown, 24 May to 4 June 1842, which led to the relief of the besieged British garrison at the Old Fort in Durban. The Tower was built to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the British Settlers' arrival in 1820. The City Hall was publicly opened on 24 May 1882.

The Coelacanth Saga is retold in the display area of the JLB Smith Institute in Somerset Street. See one at The SA Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (JLB Smith Institute), Somerset Street, 046 636 1002

in High Street whose foundation stone was laid on 10 April 1845 - "this being the anniversary of the arrival of the 1st Party of British Settlers". The Church can seat 1 200 people, has ten stained glass memorial windows and possesses one of the finest organs in the country.

See Coelacanth. See Natural Sciences Museum

Dog Shows
Info: Contact Ms Dalton: (046) 622 3050

The Drostdy Arch.
This arch at the entrance to the military grounds was designed by Major Selwyn and built by the Royal Engineers in 1842. Today this National Monument serves as the pedestrian entrance to Rhodes University and also houses a craft and gift shop.

Eastern Star Gallery
4 Anglo-African Street. 046 622 7095

Egazini Outreach Project, Makana’s kop Multipurpose Centre, Old Internal Stability Unit Building, Extension 6, Joza, Grahamstown, Tel/fax: 046 637 1500

Egazini Memorial
Visit the Egazini Memorial one of the first township based heritage sites in South Africa. The Memorial marks the event of the Battle of Grahamstown which took place in 1819.

Festivals. National Arts Festival.
The National Arts Festival is one of the most important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. Starting at the end of June/beginning of July, it runs for between 8 and 10 days and is held in the small university city of Grahamstown, which is situated in the Eastern Cape, 130km from Port Elizabeth.

First Aid
St Johns Ambulance Foundation. 24 Hill Street, Tel: 046 6361650

Fort Selwyn, Gunfire Hill
Used as a lookout point for the garrison in early Grahamstown years. A record was set for .......semaphore.... The cannon has never been fired in anger - but was used a a warning signal and was fired every morning by the Royal Artillery to alert citizens of the time read from a sundial within the Fort.

Game drives
Go for a day drive to experience the Big Five in our area. Contact Makana Tourism for further information.

The Grahamstown Golf Club was founded in 1891.

Grahamstown Riding Club
Contact Christine Fiege. Cell: 072 617 9032

Grocott & Sherry
Visit "Grocott & Sherry", where Grocott’s Mail, South Africa’s oldest independent newspaper, was founded. Investigate the original "Star Newspaper" printing press. Coffee or breakfast and enjoy your paper at one of our many coffee shops and café’s.

Selmar Schonland Herbarium, a pressed plant library. Contact Information. Mr Tony Dold. Herbarium Curator. 046-622 2638.

Two-day through Oldenburgia - contact Thomas Baines Nature Reserve 046 603 6072

This is a story that must be heard of frontier wars, pioneering spirits and heroic people bound together by indomitable determination and gritty humour. Recapture the Spirits of the Past renowned historian and raconteur Alan Weyer whose captivating narrative of this region’s proud history of spectacular battles and courageous people will add a new dimension to a visit to the Eastern Cape.

History Museum, Somerset Street.
The History Museum in Grahamstown reflects the early history of black and white settlers and provides a genealogical service to researchers all over the world.

International Library of African Music
The International Library of African Music (ILAM) was founded by the late Hugh Tracey in 1954, after 25 years of recording African music, at Msaho, north of Roodepoort,near Johannesburg, on land belonging to the record company Gallo (Africa) Ltd. Prince Alfred Street.

Grahamstown Public Library, 145 Hill street, Tel: 046 6036111. A converted steam roller mill. Dating back to the mid-19th century.

Makana Tourism
Tourism information on the town and region at the Tourism bureau on the Cathedral Square.

The Natural Science Museum, Somerset Street
A fascinating coverage of man and his environment, which includes a reconstruction of the first South African Dinosaur, an Egyptian Mummy, the Hall of Birds and Mammals and a Foucault's Pendulum. Hours : Tues-Fri 09h30-13h00, 14h00-17h00, Sat 09h00-13h00.

National English Literary Museum & Bookshop 87 Beaufort Street, Tel: 046 6227042. MISSION The mission of the National English Literary Museum is to promote the reading and appreciation of all forms of imaginative South African literature in English.

Old Provost.
The Provost Prison derives its name from its association with the Provost Marshall, the officer responsible for the maintenance and order in military camps and the punishment and custody of deserters and other military offenders. In 1937 the Old Provost was declared a national monument and restored by the CapeProvincial Administration. Having been restored it was handed over to the Albany Museum in 1982.

Observatory Museum.
The Observatory is a unique multi-storeyed 19th century Victorian shop and home which is now a museum. This house had a place in the identification of the first diamond that was found in South Africa, and a display on the ground floor tells this story. Its connection with the identification of the Eureka in 1867 prompted De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. to purchase and restore the Observatory in 1980-82 to commemorate the beginning of the diamond industry in South Africa.

Rhodes University. Where Leaders Learn.

SA Library for the Blind.
High Street. Tel 046 622 7226. The audio and braille services it provides for the sight-impaired are many and varied.

Schools Festival

The first of its kind in Southern Africa, Sasol SciFest is South Africa's annual national science festival held March in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Sasol SciFest features over 600 events including popular lectures, game drives, a laser show, workshops, Sunset Shows, robotics competitions, Science Olympics, school quizzes, interactive exhibitions, the PlayFair, field trips, 'Talkshops', and even a FilmFest. Attendance now exceeds 40 000 visitors.

Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa
ISEA Rhodes University, PO Box 94 Grahamstown, 6140

The Eastern Province Skydivers Club offers training and tandem jumps, contact Tel: 046 636 2486

Grahamstown Tennis Club

The SA Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (JLB Smith Institute)
Somerset Street, 046 636 1002

Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

Contact our local Tourism office for further details on tours and activities available.

Township Tours
Contact: Mbuleli 082 979 5906. SATOUR accredited.

Including a traditional Xhosa meal at Umthathi Garden Project in Rhini Township. Umthathi Training Project, Spoornet Station Building, High Street. Booking is essential : Fiona : cell : 082-7841458

Under the Arch
Craft shop, Drosdty Arch, top of High Street.

Wagon Stones
Mini monuments to a bygone era. See them in Grahamstown.

Walking Tours
Contact Makana Tourism. High Street for further information.

Walk down High Street
to Church Square with its Victorian facades.

Visit the traditional healers shop @ Crafters Court, Bathurst Street.

graces a monument to "the Men of Albany" who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. The sculpture is by Stanley Nicholson Babb and Rudyard Kipling specially wrote the inscription. The site was chosen as one which was "in the midst of our daily work and so would serve as perpetual remembrance of the dead and be an inspiration for peace". On the island in @ the Top of Bathurst and High Street.

Worship List of Churches in Grahamstown

Zoology & Entomology
Study it @ Rhodes University.

Enjoy your stay!

Restaurant Guide

A guide to places for wining and dining in town!

Please be aware that the comments are from personal experiences or comments from other guests and we do not take responsibility for these comments, nor for the quality of food or service.

137 High Street - same address as name
Tel: 046 6223242
Open Mon-Fri 7h30 – 21h30, Sat 8h00 – 14h00 / 17h00 – 2130, Sun 8h00 – 14h00
Wine & Malt License. Some alfresco tables, great coffee and cappuccino, breakfasts & good value meals in warm atmosphere

Bella Vita - 131 High Street
Tel: 046 6223007 / 0832899290
Open 08h00 - 14h30, 18h30 ‘til late
Evening buffet, light lunches - quick and satisfying, live music on Saturdays

Calabash - High Street (Graham Hotel)
Tel: 046 622 2324
Open Daily 8h00 - 23h00
A la Carte menu as well as light lunches, dinner, buffet carvery

Chicky Fish - 19B New Street, (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6229121
Open Mon-Thurs 10h00 - 21h00, Fri-Sat 10h00 - 23h00, Closed Sundays
Daily specials, reasonable, simple meals, fish, chicken, burgers etc

Cock House (The) - corner Market and George Streets
Tel: 046 636 1287
Open Mon-Sat 12h30 - 14h30 and 19h00 – 21h30
Cosy Pub. Elegant dining. Quality cuisine in quiet surroundings

Debonairs Pizzas - 65 New Street, (Take Aways)
Tel: 046 6227661
Open Sun-Thurs 09h00 - 22h00, Fri-Sat 09h00 - 24h00/01h00
Usual Debonairs menu

Dulcés Café - 112 High Street
Tel: 046 6228728
Open Mon-Sat 07h30-18h00, Sun 08h00-17h00
Usual Dulcés menu

Evolution - Peppergrove Mall, African Street
Tel: 046 636 2433
Open Mon-Sat 8h00 - 18h00, Sun 8h00 - 15h00
Bar facilities. Light meals. Some tables under the pepper trees

Gino’s Restaurant (Take aways available) - Hill Street (next to Fruit & Veg City)
Tel: 046 622 7261 or 046 622 7208
Open Mon-Sun 12h00 - 23h00
Family pub. Good pizzas, pastas & steaks. A favourite with Grahamstonians.
(Take away & deliveries available)

Henry Ate - 8 New Street
Tel: 046 622 7261 or 046 622 7208
Open Mon-Sat 17h00 - 22h00
Fully Licensed. Specializing in meat dishes. Very generous meals!

Home Ground - 24 Somerset Street
Tel: 046-622 5020
Open Mon-Fri 08h00 to 12h30
Coffee roastery, Espresso Bar, specialty grade coffee roasted and sold on site (specialising in African coffee)

Juice Bar - 109 Carlton Centre, High Street, (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6224479
Open Mon-Fri 8h00 - 17h00, Sat 9h00 - 14h00
“Fresh 100% quality” rolls, curries, breakfasts, strictly Halaal

Kentucky Fried Chicken - 15 Bathurst St + Shoprite Mall Beaufort St, (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6225182 Bathurst St
046 6228833 Beaufort St
Open Mon-Thurs 09h00 - 21h00, Fri-Sun 09h00 - 21h30 (Bathurst St)
Mon-Thurs 08h00 - 21h00, Fri-Sun 08h00 - 21h30 (Beaufort St)

Kiara - 16 New Street
Tel: 046 6361073
Open daily 10h00 - 22h00, closed Mondays.
Specials on Tuesday and Friday nights, Sunday 3-course roast. Outside pub + seating

Mad Hatters - 118 High Street
Tel: 046 622 9411
Open Mon-Thurs 8h00 - 17h30, Fri 8h00 - 22h00, Sat 8h00 - 15h00 (later if busy)
Small bar, good coffee and scones, pitas, salads, other meals. Tables out in the sun. Good value meals

Maxwell’s - 38 Somerset Street (cnr High Street)
Tel: 046 622 5119
Open Tues-Fri 12h00 - 14h30, Wed, Fri, Sat 18h30 ‘til late.
Fully Licensed. Small A-la-Carte menu offering excellent cuisine

Maxwell’s Café Blanca - High Street (cnr Somerset Street)
Tel: 046 622 5119
Good coffee & delicious eats in a pretty garden setting, as well as light lunches.

Nandos - 109 High Street, (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6224490
Open Mon-Thurs+Sun 09h00 - 22h00, Fri-Sat 09h00 - 23h00
Usual Nandos meals, pleasant service

Pirates - 38 Somerset Street (Take Aways)
Tel: 046 6227673
Open 12h30 - 24h00

Rat & Parrot - 59 New Street
Tel: 046 622 5002
Open Mon-Sun 12h00 - 2h00
Popular “English” Pub. Excellent pizzas, good pub food well served. Great atmosphere, a fun place to be! Can get very busy late in the evening

Red Café - 27a High Street (opposite Mad Hatters)
Tel: 046 622 8384
Open Mon-Sat 9h00 - 17h00
Good coffee, cakes, light meals

Reddits - 29 New Street (BOOKS & Coffee!)
Tel: 046 622 6524
Open Mon-Fri 9h00 - 17h30, Sat 9h00 - 13h30
Browse through the bookshop while waiting for delicious coffee and scones

Redwood Spur - 97 High Street (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 622 2629
Open Mon-Sat 8h00 ‘til late
Fully Licensed. Usual Spur Menu

Ruanthai - New Street (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6226788 / 0727016937
Open 11h00 - 15h00, 17h00 - 22h00
Tasty Thai cuisine

Slipstream - 9B New Street (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6229560 / 0824773689
Open 15h00 ‘til late
Open deck, fully equipped licensed bar, dance floor + full sound system, braais, snacks, and functions

Scott’s Spot - Scott’s Avenue
Tel: 046 6222324
Open 11h00 ‘til late
Modern, non-smoking bar, outside seating, relaxed atmosphere, reasonable down-to-earth menu

Steers - 121 High Street (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 6225490
Open 08h30 - 24h00
Usual Steers menu

Wimpy - Peppergrove Mall, African Street (Take aways available)
Tel: 046 622 5422
Open Mon-Sat 7h30 – 19h00 Sun 8h30 – 16h00
Beer available. Usual Wimpy menu

Yellow House - High Street, (Take aways)
Tel: 046 6227884
Open 15h00 ‘til late

Enjoy your meal!