The Amatola and Stormberg region of the Eastern Cape encompasses the Frontier Country which has seen more than 100 years of frontier wars and extends northwards to include the Karoo plains and majestic mountains of the far north of the region. The small town of Adelaide was established as a military outpost in the Frontier Wars and sits at the base of the Winterberg mountains. The town is named after Queen Adelaide, consort to King George IVth.
By far the largest town in this region is East London, sitting on the banks of the Buffalo River. East London is South Africa's only river port and is the gateway to the Sunshine Coast. The town has developed into a holiday resort and an important commercial and industrial centre with cosy pubs, good restaurants and a vibrant night-life. Visitors to East London have the whole of the Frontier Wars areas to explore and can enjoy some of South Africa's most beautiful countryside. The prosperity of the city is built on vehicle assembly, electronics, citrus, wool and pineapples. It is adjacent to the holiday resort of Gonubie situated on the lagoon of the Ganubie River.
The Amatola town of Port Alfred sits on the banks of the Kowie River. Some commercial fishing is carried out from here but the town has undergone a rapid expansion in recent years in the development of holiday homes, sometimes at the expense of the local amenities. Just a few kilometers inland from Port Alfred is the old English village of Bathurst, boasting both the oldest pub and the oldest Anglican church in South Africa. Just outside Bathurst is Bradshaw's Mill, a water-wheel driven wool mill built in 1820. Bathurst was initially intended to be the administration centre for the 4000 British settlers who immigrated to the area in the 1820s, a task that later fell to Grahamstown. The nearby community of Martindale was witness to a rail disaster in 1911 when the local train from Port Alfred to Grahamstown plunged off the Blaauwkrantz Bridge killing 26 souls. Martindale is now a centre for pineapples and cattle farming.
Grahamstown is now the administration centre for the Amatola region of the Eastern Cape. Every year, in July, is held the world famous Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the largest cultural event in the southern hemisphere, where upwards of 400 separate performances of dance, music and theater can be seen during the 11 days of the festival. The 1820 Settler National Monument is set in a wildflower reserve next to the Botanical Gardens, and the Cathedral of St Michael and St George with the tallest spire in South Africa is the city's most prominent landmark.
Perhaps the most well-known village in the Amatola and Stormberg region of the Eastern Cape is Hogsback, set in a fairytale landscape of mountains and ancient forest. The village is a very popular holiday destination, and the visitor can enjoy walks through the forest past giant ferns and massive yellowwoods. Here you can enjoy hiking, horse riding, climbing, swimming and fishing, and can relax in the evening in front of a large log fire. The area around Hogsback with its wonderful old forests was the inspiration for JRR Tolkien s books.
Stormberg in the very North of the region is the site of the Battle of Stormberg fought on 9th December 1899 and won by the Boers a disastrous defeat to the British who lost 90 men and had a further 600 taken prisoner. The whole of the Amatola and Stormberg region of the Eastern Cape is steeped in history. The region is ideal for hiking, climbing and mountain-biking as well as fly-fishing and canoeing.
Apart-mint is a luxurious self-catering apartment that is located in a quiet and upmarket area of Queenstown. It offers ideal accommodation for a couple or business traveler to the area.
Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Morgan Bay, Ocean Valley view offers comfortable, relaxing self catering accommodation within very easy walking distance of the sea. The house was designed and built in 2005.
Dockside Guest House is situated directly across the picturesque small boat harbour on the East Bank of beautiful Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape - situated midway - exactly 150km between the cities of East London and Port Elizabeth.
The Unit is situated 35metres from the sea with the most stunning view of the famous Krantzes, The apartment accommodates a maximum of Six people. It comprises three furnished bedrooms (one en-suite) and a separate bathroom with bath and shower
The Beach house is situated on the river with magnificent uninterrupted views of the ocean, river and beach. One of the best sites Cintsa East has to offer. The house is with-in one minute walk to the ocean...
A place with space surrounded by natural vegetation where you can soak up the sun in peace and privacy, enjoy the abundant bird life and tune in to the rhythm of the gently pounding surf. For the energetic the lagoon and beach are well suited to a variety
Hazelmere Country Lodge offers luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation and is situated on a sheep and cattle farm in the scenic Birds River/Halseton aree of the North East Cape. The lodge is situated in a beautiful garden surrounded by trees and ...
Bungalow One has 1 double bed in bedroom 1 and 2 singles in bedroom 2. Bungalow Two has 1 double bed in bedroom 1 and 2 three quarter and 1 single in bedroom 2. Also includes a sleep couch.
Fort D' Acre is a one of a kind unique game reserve situated at the mouth of the Great Fish River. We offer the ultimate experience of viewing game against the backdrop of the beach and ocean.
Situated in the tranquil seaside suburb of Gonubie, with just a 15 minute drive into East London, and a 5 minute walk to our fantastic beach, a perfect spot for both the holiday maker and the business guest.
Quarry Lake Inn is a four-star graded East London guesthouse overlooking a rehabilitated quarry in a quiet suburb of East London. The guesthouse has been in existence for 20 years, providing guests from all over the world with exceptional accommodation fa
Ungabona´s unique architecture merges breathtaking views with modern open plan living space yet providing privacy throughout. Enjoy the sun in your sheltered courtyard or on the roof terrace. Start the day with a swim in your 12m pool...
Double-storey, spacious and well-equipped self catering house on the Marina in Port Alfred. Treat yourself to a memorable getaway to the lovely Eastern Cape.
This stately residence boasts high ceilings and stained glass, reflections of a gracious era. Palm Tree Manor is ideally situated in the upmarket suburb of Selborne, which is just five minutes away from beaches, golf clubs and Vincent Park Shopping Centre
This privately owned seaside Beach House offers you a self-catering holiday. 5 bedrooms in all - 2 en-suites plus 2 bathrooms (4 bathrooms in all), large open plan kitchen, 2 lounges
Prana Lodge is a unique small luxury beach lodge and wellness spa situated in a pristine forest alongside the spectacular Chintsa Bay, within minutes of rolling savannah and private game viewing.
Double storey timber beach house on lagoon edge and just 200m from the beach.
This fully equipped charming double storey house/cottage/chalet is situated in the peaceful Cintsa village on the unspoiled Wild Coast. Stroll down to the beach in less than 2 minutes.
The Haga Haga Resort offers every facility and comfort to make your stay an unforgettable one. It offers single and double rooms as well as fully equipped and serviced self catering cabanas with sun deck's, and all with unspoilt views over the ocean.