Grahamstown is in a warm hollow amidst the hills of the Eastern Cape. The city that has acquired many names over the years; ‘City of Saints’ due to over 40 places of worship, the most notable of which is the magnificent St George’s Cathedral; ‘City of Schools’ for its fine educational establishments such as the famous Rhodes University and ‘City of Settlers’ due to the many frontier wars fought with the Xhosa tribes people. The Xhosas suffered a terrible self-imposed fate when their 14 year old prophetess ‘Nongqause’ urged her people to burn their crops and kill all their cattle and in return they would be free of the white settlers. Their deliverance never came and thousands of Xhosa’s died of starvation.
In the early 1800’s Grahamstown was a thriving bustling city of ivory traders, big game hunters and soldiers thronging the streets. Today the streets still hum with activity but only during the June/July Arts Festival when it comes alive with artistes, markets stalls, performers and visitors. The most bizarre thing you might see in Grahamstown outside festival time is the pre-historic Coelacanth, a fish caught off the east coast of Africa thought to be extinct for more than 80 million years!
A quaint town 42 km north -west of Grahamstown,with interesting historical links.
Mooimeisiesfontein,the farm that belonged to the Voortrekker, Piet Retief, is a national monument.
It is 2 km from the village on the Grahamstown road.
KWANDE GAME LODGE.
The stylish and classicdecor at Kwande Game Lodge,has been modelled on the new Fronteir Settler style, which intergrates local African culture with colonial settler history.
Set high on the banks of The Great Fish - River, overhanging a cliff edge , offering sweeping views of the valley bushveld landscape.
here is november
where the purple tree loose its hats
and wind blows swing its smell
purple purple is the rain
my kisses and my tears
my purple now only green
let us remember my sweet cinnamon bee
"crosses on top"
It's called The City of The Saints. With curches engraved by Saints name almost every corner of the town. Grahamstown is rich in history, yet still calm in the move. Everything is slow, and people are at ease. The town mostly populated by students might turned into a ghost-town during holiday season. Yet, no one shall forget the place that easy. For the people there are filled with love; so you only leave them filled with lost.
"me: where at"
what you can see the most:
- Churches tower all over the town.
- The museums
it's a small town with notso many people. In just about a week there, you are almost a master get your way around the town. You can see all the old buildings mixed with the new housing and university complex... it's a nice feeling there.
- The roof-top of St. Aidans Guest House. You can see the town from there - Bahtroom window of room 308, St. Aidans. Bathing with the whole town in your view.
- Pick n' Pay : haha, my most devoted caterer while in Grahamstown
- High Street : The shops, the people, and also the lonely feeling it gives you after 3 p.m. saturday afternoon.
- Debonair Pizza: warm and delicious pizza, baked for you with love (... for the the hungry... haha)
- Evolution: Just at the corner of Pick n' Pay, the place is quite cosy inside. Although the way there seemed a little dingy with atm receipt falling all over the way. Healthy food... so figure.
- Guido's: Italian, with italian food (off course). yet, ever wonder how they served their shawarma? Go try...
- Steers: The South African Burger company made it easy for your jet-lagged stomach. Yummy
- Spurs: They said it's an original South African Steak House, yet they put a native-american-indian face as their symbol. Anyway... the meat is great, and i even got a knife as a souvenir for the combo set.
City of Saints Grahamstown
"Capital of Albany district"
Grahamstown city of saints known by this name due to the large number of churches build there.
It is a city rich in history and is set in the idelic easten cape the smell of blue gum trees which souround the city permiate every thing you will also find a large number of very old dwellings build by the 1820 settlers much of the early fronter wars fought between 1780 and 1879 were fought in this area a large genelogical selection is avalable at the local Albany museum
"The city of Saints"