4 x 4 Trails in the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area2

Frontier Country Route

Grahamstown, home of the annual National Arts Festival, forms the centre of the Frontier Country. Shaped by the spirit of the Khoi, Xhosa, Boer and British cultures, the Frontier Country is popular to outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers.

Did you know? The Frontier Country inhabits more forts than the rest of the country combined.

Including Alicedale, Riebeeck East, Salem, Seven Fountains, Adelaide, Alice, Bedford, Fort Beaufort, Hogsback, Peddie, and the village of Bathurst near the seaside town of Port Alfred, the Frontier Country Route is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa.

The untouched and well-preserved scenery invites visitors to partake in game viewing, skydiving and hang-gliding, fly-fishing, abseiling, river rafting and mountaineering.

With its rich heritage, the Frontier Country is known as the historic heartland of the Eastern Cape. Many historic and cultural sites tell the story of the area and awaits to be discovered.

Highlights to discover:

12 top spots for game viewing:

  1. Kwantu Game Reserve
  2. Blaauwkrantz Nature Reserve
  3. Shamwari Game Reserve
  4. Amakhala Game Reserve
  5. Bucklands Game Reserve
  6. Kamala Game Reserve
  7. Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
  8. Bushman Sands Game Reserve
  9. Great Fish River Reserve
  10. Lalibela Game Reserve
  11. Thomas Baines Nature Reserve
  12. Pumba Game Reserve

National Arts Festival

Did you know? The National Arts Festival is the biggest annual celebration of arts on the African continent.

The annual National Arts Festival is annually celebrated in the town of Grahamstown. The event takes place in July and compromises a programme of drama, dance, physical theatre, comedy, opera, music, jazz, visual art, exhibitions, film, student theatre, street theatre, lectures, craft fair, workshops, city and historic tours and children’s entertainment.

For more information visit the official website here: https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/

Albany and Observatory Museum

Did you know? The Albany Museum, established in 1855 and located in Grahamstown, is the second oldest museum in South Africa.

The Museum consists of a family of seven buildings which includes the Natural Sciences Museum, the History Museum, the Observatory Museum, Fort Selwyn, the Old Provost military prison, Drostdy Arch and the Old Priest’s House which is leased to the National English Literary Museum.

The Observatory Museum houses one of only two Victorian Cameras Obscura in the world – the other is in Bath (England) – with a magical mirror that reflects the town onto a large circular table.

The Museum is open from Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h30. The Museum is closed on weekends and public holidays.

To visit the Museum contact albanymuseum@ru.ac.za or visit http://albanymuseum.blogspot.com.

Bathurst Country Affair

This affair takes place in annually in August.

Attractions include: Wine Tastings * The Culinary Challenge * Town Criers * Live Music and Entertainment * Mampoer * Upmarket Exhibitors * Bathurst Noo Pet Show * Craft Beers * Pavement Pretty * Exhibitions * Hooves and Wheels Parade * The Village Idiots * Mr & Mrs Universe Beauty Pageant * Pineapple Throwing Competition * Waitron Race * Cocktails * Distilleries * Alpacas * Historical Tours * Buskers Stage *

Visit http://www.bathurstcountryaffair.co.za/ for more information.

Pig and Whistle

Make sure to stop by the historic Pig and Whistle Inn while in Bathurst. This Inn has been providing hospitality for over 180 years! The Inn is also home to the oldest continuously licensed pub in South Africa. Follow them on Facebook for updates and events https://www.facebook.com/Thepigbathurst?fref=ts.

Bedford Garden Festival

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
Claude Monet

The Bedford Garden Festival annually takes place in October. Visit http://www.bedford-gardens.co.za/ for more information.

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