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.
Tranquil House is an elegantly modernised country home situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape on the outskirts of Queenstown. This imposing residence offers gracious living, warm hospitality and exceptional care
Our home is a spacious family home with loads of space to relax and enjoy special times together. It has 8 bedrooms and 2 lounge areas with a great undercover entertainment area.
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.
Each cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 people. There are double and twin beds available. The cottages are fully equipped for self-catering with fridge, stove, microwave, crockery, kitchen utensils and outdoor furniture and cooking facilities.
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...
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This beach house consists of 6 bedrooms, of which 4 are main-en-suite. (Each room has a double bed). There is a family bathroom which boasts a spa bath, shower and a toilet as well as another separate toilet
The gardens creates an atmosphere of tranquillity and our bedrooms comprises spacious rooms each with their own private kitchenette, private entrances leading to the tranquil garden setting with an enclosed pool and braai area.
Downderry is self-catering cottage situated at Haga Haga on the beautiful Eastern Cape Wildcoast of South Africa. The elevated house is right on the ocean, looking out to the horizon. There is a main house and an adjoining double-storey flat ...
Maylodge hosts extend a warm welcome, inviting you to share the beauty and uniqueness of Hogsback - you leave it but it never leaves you. Privately situated self catering cottages in an acclaimed, tranquil, park-like garden which are well equipped...
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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.
"The House of Green & Blue" has great view of the sea & coastal forest & is situated in a secure quiet country estate, which has direct access to the beach...
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Roy & Mandy Stevens look forward to welcoming you at “Aloha Bed and Breakfast” in the beautiful suburb of Baysville, East London. You are invited to enjoy a stay in our comfortable, well equipped rooms where you can relax and make yourself at home.
It has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which have double beds, and one room with a single bed and a double bunk bed. There is also a camp cot available if needed. All bedrooms are equipped with side tables, dressing tables and cupboard.
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.
Ripples is a large, newly refurbished luxury self-catering property situated in a prime location on the west bank of the River Kowie, in the picturesque Eastern Cape coastal town of Port Alfred; ideally suited for group holidays, family reunions and bespo