Grahamstown Travel Guide

Map of Grahamstown

A hauntingly beautiful region -  Frontier Country is a vibrant mix of all the best that Africa has to offer. One of the premier tourist routes in the Eastern Cape, it has a turbulent past and rich heritage with more forts than the rest of the country combined! 

 

It is the historic heartland of the Eastern Cape and embodies the spirit of the many and varied cultures who met here and made their mark - Khoi, Xhosa, Boer and British. 
 
The broad tree-lined streets and buildings of Grahamstown are the legacy of a time when this was the Cape's second city. Walk through this historic centre and visit the Observatory Museum which 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.
 
With Grahamstown at its centre, Frontier Country includes Adelaide, Alicedale, Alice, Bedford, Fort Beaufort, Hogsback, Peddie, Riebeeck East, Salem, Seven Fountains and Sidbury.
 
Frontier Country is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa, with a variety of biomes that provide unspoilt and spectacular scenery. Thousands of hectares are devoted to nature and game conservation, bringing with them the return of great herds of wildlife to the places where they once roamed freely. This malaria-free region is fast gaining local and international popularity for excellent game-viewing with a variety of private reserves which include the Big Five.
 
Top things to do in the Grahamstown Region 
 
  • Go on a day trip to one of the game reserves in the area – in search of the Big Five 
  • Explore the Valley of the Ancient Voices, famous for its rock art and wildlife, with a knowledgeable guide
  • The Albany Museum Complex, established in 1855, is the second oldest museum in South Africa and comprises of five museums
  • Explore the Observatory Museum which celebrates the beginning of the diamond industry in South Africa 
  • Wander through the History Museum which originally focused on the contribution of the 1820 British Settlers and their descendent, but has now expanded its collection