Grahamstown Travel Guide

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Grahamstown Things to Do

  • Grahamstown Arts Studio

    The Grahamstown Arts Studio, paintings, photography, print work, ceramics and sculpture displayed in part of the home which renowned author Andre Brink owned when he lived in the city. Approximately 800 works varying from traditional art forms to avante garden contemporary works.

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  • The Quin Sculpture Garden

    The Quin Sculpture Garden at Alexandria can be visited. Works from representational wildlife studies to abstract expressive work with a strong African influence. Other interesting stops in Alexandria include a tour of the Chicory Factory, the Woody Cape Nature Reserve and a scenic circular 55 km drive from Alexandria, through indigenous forest and...

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  • Salem

    The quaint Settler village of Salem, 25 km south-west of Grahamstown, has great rustic charm. Apart from its historical buildings, Salem has a village green where cricket matches have been played since 1844. The Salem Methodist Church was open in 1823.

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  • The Valley of Ancient Voices

    The Valley of Ancient Voices, only 20 minutes from Grahamstown offers a 4 hour journey that spans thousands of years. Rock art, relics and artifacts give clues to the myriad of animals and people that have crossed through this place. The towering cliffs are home to innumerable types of birds, reptiles and mammals, a nature lovers paradise.

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  • Koedoeskloof Private Game Reserve

    5 km from Adelaide at the foothills of the Great Winter Berg Mountains lies Koedoeskloof Private Game Reserve. Game viewing, horse trails, bird watching, hiking and mountain biking. Local places of interest include the Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve, Post Retief, Adelaide Museum and the nationally known private gardens of the Kowie Valley just outside...

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  • The Amakhala Game Reserve

    The Amakhala Game Reserve, 59 km from Grahamstown on the N2 towards Port Elizabeth. Day/Night safaris and accommodation available. Guided tours of crocodiles, tame ostriches and farmyard animals at the Reed Valley Crocodile Farm.

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  • The Great Fish River Reserve

    The Great Fish River Reserve, which comprises the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, the Double Drift Reserve and the Sam Knott Reserve is situated about 38 km from Grahamstown on the Fort Beaufort road. This Reserve of 43 000 ha encompasses a divergent variety of vegetation types which in turn offer a variety of habitats specific to a great diversity of...

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  • Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

    The Thomas Baines Nature Reserve on the Kenton-on-Sea road has a fully equipped environmental education center for school and youth club outings. Game population includes Cape buffalo, white rhinoceros, kudu and other antelope species. The Settlers Dam recreation site is situated in the reserve and offers bass fishing, sailing, boardsailing and...

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  • Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

    Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is located in the beautiful and historically rich Eastern Cape. The Kwandwe Conservation Initiative strives to ensure an ecologically balanced wildlife reserve. Kwandwe means "Place of the Blue Crane" in Xhosa, and is home to a population of these majestic endangered birds. The Reserve sponsors the Blue Crane...

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  • Shamwari Game Reserve

    Shamwari Game Reserve is an African dream. A game reserve in which a multitude of plant, animal and bird life unfold the very soul of untamed Africa, along with the most luxurious and leisurely means by which to enjoy it.Stretching along the Bushman`s River, Shamwari is 72 km from Port Elizabeth and 30km from the Addo Elephant Park. Forming a...

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  • The Drostdy Gate

    The Drostdy Gate was designed by Major C.J. Selwyn in 1835 and built by the Royal Engineers in 1841 or 1842. The purpose of his gateway was to provide an entrance to the military establishment which was to be on the site of the unoccupied and unused Drostdy House grounds. At a later date sentry boxes and walls on both sides of the gateway were...

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  • The Provost Prison

    The Provost was buit as a military prison in the Drostdy grounds by the Royal Engineers. Sir Benjamin d'Urban, Governor of the Cape Colony instructed the Royal Engineers to plan a "fortified barrack establishment" and the design of the Provost takes the form of a quadrant with a double-storied tower at the apex. It is, in fact, a modification of a...

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Grahamstown Hotels

  • Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

    Near Grahamstown, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, 6170, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Graham Hotel

    123 High Street, 6139, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Idwala Game Lodge

    Sidbury Grahamstown Eastern Cape, PO Box 6482, Grahamstown, 6141, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Grahamstown Restaurants

  • Die Tap Huijs

    A rustic and relaxed atmosphere surrounds diners at Die Tap Huis. It is fully licensed, with a vast choice of estate wines, and offers an a la Carte menu. On Friday & Saturday there is live background music it is a perfect venue for conferences, weddings, and 21st parties. Hours : Wed-Sat. Lunch : On bookings onlyDinner : 18h00-Till late. Table...

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  • Henry Ate Steakhouse

    This newly established Steakhouse offers a great selection of mouth-watering starters and salads. Well-matured, prime speciality steaks with cuts ranging from 200g to 1kg! Also, ribs, venison, eisbein, desserts. Bar lunch on Sundays.

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Grahamstown Nightlife

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    by Androidius Written Mar 3, 2003

    It was probably the only nightclub in Grahamstown, but i deffinitely enjoyed it enormously.Of course me being a young full of life student, managed to get 5 girls in 2 nights there. excuse me for my self boasting..
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    Dress Code: nocode

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Grahamstown What to Pack

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    by Androidius Written Mar 3, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going to the festival, keep in mind that it's winter and the region is mountainous. Although it's Africa the weather is like European Autumn, especially at night it gets pretty cold. Take woolen clothes: hats, sweaters, scarves, coats..

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Grahamstown Off The Beaten Path

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    by TANDYLAN Written Feb 23, 2005

    Upon arriving in Grahamstown along the scenic route from Port Elizabeth we could feel the heat of Grahamstown.

    The day we got there it was very hot and dry, we desperately looked for a place to cool down,but wherever we went it was hot.

    Later in the evening we all sat at a poolside and had a braai,it was my first experience of this lovely little town they call "The city of saints"

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