The Matatiele Museum was established relatively recently in 1993, after the
town's historical society stooped functioning, and donated their collection of
artefacts and historical items to the museum. The old sandstone building in
which the Matatiele Museum is housed, was originally built as a Dutch Reformed
Church, but was later used as a garage, an auction room, and a telephone
exchange. The old building which stands in Matatiele's High Street, has since
been declared as a national monument, as well as a provincial heritage site.
Exhibits at the Matatiele Museum portray the local prehistory, history and cultures of the town and surrounding area, dating from Stone Age to present day.
The museum houses interesting and informative displays on the San People, early missionaries of the area, and pioneers with household objects and early clothing worn by the settlers. Also featured are a fossil display, various exhibits showcasing Xhosa, Sotho and Zulu cultures,and a glimpse into 19th Century Imperial army that was stationed in the region. Other displays at the Matatiele Museum include antique post boxes and post carts, and the Matatiele Mail which saw its first year of operation in 1938. A huge range of information and photo's on Matatiele, East Griqualand, Lesotho and surrounding areas can also be viewed in the museum.
The Royal Courtyard offers 3 stars graded hotel accommodation and conference facilities located in the centre of Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. Our hotel rooms offer standard, deluxe, luxury and VIP rooms in a secure gated complex.
Come and enjoy the hospitality, peace and tranquility of the Cedarberg Guest Farm, situated in the foothills of the southern Drakensberg. Enjoy a sundowner as the sun sets behind the rugged Drakensberg skyline.
Accommodation is offered in picturesque self-standing thatched chalets set in tranquil gardens under age-old Oak trees. A shared dinning room in the principal building offers three good farmhouse meals
Lake St Bernard is situated on the St Bernards Peak road off the R617 in the Southern Drakensberg. The 68 hectare lake is on a privately owned farm that is home to many species of buck and wildlife.