Eastern Cape Tourist Attractions

  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Jeffreys Bay is one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world, so to have a surf museum in this typically surf driven town was always a must. The museum is also about remembering the history of surfing and paying tribute...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The original foundation stone for this building situated on the corner of Bourke and Middle Streets was laid on the 9th July 1913. After undergoing many transformations including being used as a cinema the building was...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Due to discontent in the congregation a split occurred in the Groot Kerk. The main cause of the breakaway segment’s dissatisfaction seems to have been centered on the autocratic personality of the Rev Naude.
    • Sightseeing
    • 049 - 892 3460
  • More InfoUpdated: June 2013
    Over the years, several visitors to the Somerset East Old Parsonage Museum have reported seeing a tall man in a black suit sitting behind the desk in the study. There have been incidents of visitors seeing the light bulb over the...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: June 2014
    Along the South Coast of South Africa lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, home to the Garden Route National Park. A mosaic of ecosystems, it encompasses the world renowned Tsitsikamma and Southern...
    • National Parks
  • More InfoUpdated: July 2016
    While at the Wild Coast Jikeleza Festival, why not stay a while and explore the wealth of natural, artistic, boutique and sometimes, eclectic attractions that make up the Wild Coast Jikeleza Route? The route starts just outside...
    • Festivals & Markets
  • More InfoUpdated: 2 months ago
    Ganora Guest Farm has various shelters where ancient rock art were found. Guests can be taken to one where there is a variety of rock art to view. From a few hunderd years of the Khoi to about 8000 years of the San people. A...
    • Cycling
    • Bird Watching
    • Hiking Trails
    • Sightseeing
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 4 months ago
    The large erf at the southern extremity of Market Square, on which Urquhart House stands today, was granted in freehold to Johan Hendrik Greyling on 1 January 1806, which places it amongst the earliest plots transferred into...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: June 2015
    Loerie Dam
    • Baviaanskloof
    The Loerie dam was built as part of the Kouga dam scheme with the purpose of supplying Port Elizabeth with water. The dam includes a filtration and pump system to balance the pressure in the pipelines, controlled by one of the...
    • Dams
  • More InfoUpdated: 4 months ago
    The Military History Museum is the most recent addition to the Graaff-Reinet Museum Complex and was established in 2005.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The War Memorial
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Three months after the end of the first World War a public meeting was called by the Mayor, Mr. H Urquhart, at which it was decided to erect a monument, on the most prominent site in town, in honour of the gallant Graaff-Reinet...
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Hankey Sundial
    • Baviaanskloof
    The biggest sundial in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere is located just outside of Hankey. It was completed 1989, has a diameter of 34.6m and the gnomon is 18m high, and weighs one ton.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    In the heart of a valley, only a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of P.E and Jeffreys Bay lies African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is set within beautiful grounds nestled between rolling hills,...
    • Reserves & Conservation
  • More InfoUpdated: October 2015
    Ganora Fossil Museum
    • Nieu Bethesda
    The Ganora Fossil Museum in Nieu Bethesda was registered in 1998 and, although small, houses mainly the finds we have made on Ganora. The fossils we exhibit are on average about 280 million years old. That was in the time when...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 6 months ago
    The Hole in the Wall is one of the most interesting landmarks of the Wild Coast. It consists of an arch created by the relentless pounding of the waves over millions of years wearing away the softer sandstone and shale leaving...
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  • More InfoUpdated: 6 months ago
    Known as M'bashe lighthouse, it remained standing until it was demolished in 1944, although a few remains are still evident on the road that takes one to The Haven. Today's lighthouse is a lattice steel structure roughly 250...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    In 1875 The Graaff Reinet Club was established and in 1880 a new clubhouse was erected on Church Square. From 1900-1902 the officers of the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, stationed at Graaff Reinet, made use of the club.
    • Sightseeing
    • 049 892 4094
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Graaffrikaans
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Visitors to our little dorp always ask me what the predominant language is, but here in Graaff-Reinet we have an efficient way of mixing our languages to give expression to emotion and sommer just because it sounds lekker.
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The present day Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bourke Street, between Somerset and Middle Streets, was consecrated on the 23rd April 1957 and the High Alter on the 24th April 1957. First class relics of St Pius X...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2016
    Valley of Desolation
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Sheer cliffs and precariously balanced columns of Dolerite rise 120 metres from the valley floor, against the timeless backdrop of the vast plains of the Camdeboo. This is the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over...
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  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    One of the well known landmarks in the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape is the Queen Victoria Profile on the road between Patensie and the Baviaanskloof. The profile is the result of erosion of the sheer cliff and can be...
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  • More InfoUpdated: January 2016
    In 1988 South Africa celebrated the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the French Huguenots in the country. To mark this occasion a small monument in the form of a pyramid was erected in Church Square, Graaff Reinet.
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    On the 26 June 1902 the foundation stone of the new Town Hall in Church Square named “The Victoria Hall” was laid but building operations only started in April 1910. The town hall was designed along Flemish Renaissance lines.
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    • 049 892 4248
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Drostdy at Graaff-Reinet was established in response to petitions from the Boers of the region. On 6 February 1795 a gathering proclaimed the "Graaff-Reinet Colony"
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2015
    P.W.F. Weyers, a former hawker, who lost cattle in an attack by the Boers during the Anglo-Boer War, was said to have started Darlington farm in the Jansenville district. He always said that the Boers had shot his animals in the...
    • Dams
    • Lakes
  • More InfoUpdated: 9 months ago
    Things to do in Morgan Bay
    • Kei Mouth
    • Morgan Bay
    The peaceful seaside holiday village of Morgan Bay is located less than an hour from East London on South Africa's stunning Wild Coast. Morgan Bay is blessed with a mile-long beach, safe swimming lagoon and picturesque sea...
    • Activity Lists
  • More InfoUpdated: September 2014
    Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo, not to mention awesome scenic beauty. A unique feature of the 19 405-hectare park is its location, practically...
    • National Parks
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2016
    The Slachter's Nek Exhibition in the Somerset East Museum is staged around the actual beam used for the hanging of the Slachter's Nek rebels in 1816.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The oldest original church building in use is St James’ Church situated in Somerset Street. The original church consisting of the present nave was built and consecrated on the 29 October 1850. The chancel and sanctuary were...
    • Sightseeing
    • 049- 892 2458
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Story of Withond
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Graaff-Reinet grapes have a high sugar content and are thus ideal for the making of brandy. During the Great Depression and illicit trade in illegal distillation grew up in the town. Withond is still made at Reinet House for...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Aberdeen Bed Grave
    • Karoo Heartland
    Near the roadside between Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet, in the middle of the veld, lies an old cast iron bedstead. This according to legend is the grave of a woman who took ill and died while the family were trekking by ox-wagon...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Sarah Bartman
    • Baviaanskloof
    Very little is known about the early years of this Khoekhoe girl. She was born around 1789 in the Eastern Cape, somewhere in the vicinity of the Gamtoos river. By 1806 she had moved to the Western Cape and stayed in rural...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Famous for its rich variety of shells found along the beaches, Jeffreys remains a favourite haunt for shell collectors and beach combers. The Shell Museum houses are a variety of shells from all over the world in glass cases...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 6 months ago
    The Magwa Waterfall lies in the middle of the 1 800 hectare Magwa tea plantation, South Africa's last remaining tea estate just outside Lusikisiki.
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  • More InfoUpdated: 9 months ago
    Cannonville/Colchester and the Sundays River Mouth is located only about 35 km, or not even 30 minutes drive, from Port Elizabeth along the N2. The area is the location of the southern gate into Addo Elephant National Park as...
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  • More InfoUpdated: December 2015
    Marilyn's 60's Diner is an experience of note in Storms River Village, with its Cadillac's and Chevy's, neon rimmed signage, 50 and 60's decor, and Elvis and Marilyn memorabilia.
    • Coffee Shop
    • Take-Aways
    • Restaurant
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2016
    Shortly after the establishment of the town of Somerset, 1825, land on the slopes of the Boschberg Mountain was given to the Wesleyan missionaries for a chapel and graveyard.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    M R Sobukwe, founder of the Pan African Congress was one of the towering pillars of black nationalism in South Africa. A gentle, humble, deeply religious man with a brilliant intellect, he could be described as one of the main...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: 3 months ago
    A world class helicopter charter service based in Graaff Reinet. Fly Karoo Air Services focus mainly on scenic flights over popular destinations and charter flights to destinations like Port-Elizabeth and game lodges.
    • Flights & Charters
    • Adrenalin
    • Adventures
    • Tours
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: February 2013
    Nostalgic family life-style festival celebrating rural outdoor winter activities.
    • Festivals & Markets
  • More InfoUpdated: November 2015
    Olive Schreiner, the famous South African authoress, who amongst many other literary works, wrote "Story of an African Farm", lived in this house at 9 Cross Street in her youth, between 1867 – 1870.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Humansdorp Museum
    • Jeffreys Bay
    The Humansdorp Museum, a cultural history museum, focuses on the growth and development of Humansdorp through its display of farming implements, bottles, shells, clothing and crockery. It also features a restored water mill.
    • Museums
    • 042 295 2503
  • More InfoUpdated: 3 weeks ago
    The Methodist Church
    • Graaff-Reinet
    In 1871 the foundation stone of the Trinity Church on the corner of Caledon and Bourke Streets was laid and on the 15 September 1875 the official opening of the church took place. In 1894 it was necessary to enlarge the building...
    • Sightseeing
    • 049 892 2366
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    This monument in memory of the Voortrekker leader was erected in 1943. The monument can be seen about 3 km from the town, at the Camdeboo National Park Offices on the N9 to Middelburg, the route to the north and into the...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Aberdeen Cemetery
    • Karoo Heartland
    Aberdeen's cemetery is a true resting place. Well kept and shaded by Cypress trees, the area is a veritable walk through the history of the town. Looking at the many gravestones and memorials, one can see the periods of illness...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Phillips Tunnel
    • Baviaanskloof
    The Phillips Tunnel is the oldest irrigation tunnel in South Africa. Construction on the tunnel started in 1843 by William Phillip with the help of Khoi labourers and in just more than a year they completed the 228 meter tunnel...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: September 2015
    Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey
    • Tsitsikamma
    • Storms River
    Journey with us down the old Storms River Pass and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially designed vehicle. Follow the elephant trail, passing yellowwoods and stinkwoods while hearing about the history...
    • Tours
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Owl House
    • Nieu Bethesda
    Helen Martins lay ill in bed one night with the moon shining in through the window and considered how dull and grey her life had become. She resolved there and then, that she would strive to bring light and colour into her life....
    • Museums
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  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Die stook van Withond
    • Graaff-Reinet
    Oor die stook van withond (brandewyn) op Graaff-Reinet in vervloë dae word wyd bespiegel en geromantiseer. Oor min plaaslike aktiwiteite van weleer word soveel aannames gemaak. Dat dit ‘n betekenisvolle tydperk in die bestaan...
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2016
    A visit to the Fossil Exploration Centre will be a journey back in time to a world with unfamiliar plants and animals. There are life-size models of prehistoric animals that roamed the area and illustrations of the landscape...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The important role played by the Jewish "smous" in the sparsely populated interior of the Cape Colony is recognised in a simple monument erected alongside College Road.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Krugersdorp Monument
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The scaled-down replica of the Paardekraal monument was erected south of the bridge over the Sundays River.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2013
    The Nelson Mandela Museum, positioned as it is in the area of his birth, upbringing and eventually, his retirement, offers an authentic journey through the sites, spaces and landscapes of his life. It commemorates his life and...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The old Gamtoos River bridge was opened in 1895 and replaced the pont that was used to cross the Gamtoos River since the mid 1800's.
    • Sightseeing
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: October 2015
    While limited privately sponsored library facilities were available in Graaff-Reinet from about 1818, it was not until 1847 that the citizens of the town established a public library, subscribing funds to build the central...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2016
    Old Powder Magazine
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The old powder magazine stands alone on the hill to the north of Graaff Reinet.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    The Christmas Lights in Acacia Street in Kroonvale (Festive Season only) offer a memorable festive season for all. This local community decorates their homes, gardens and street with Christmas lights for all to enjoy. Come and...
    • Festivals & Markets
  • More InfoUpdated: 5 months ago
    Seal Point lighthouse continues to watch over the coast and has done for almost 123 years resulting in fewer shipwrecks. Enjoy a guided tour through this sentinal of the sea. The Lighthouse Coffee Shop offers a wide variety of...
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    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 4 months ago
    The former Residency, situated diagonally opposite Reinet House at the end of Parsonage Street, and forming a unique architectural complex with it, is a well-preserved example of the early 19th Century Cape Dutch H-shaped house.
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 7 months ago
    Kouga Dam
    • Baviaanskloof
    The dam is a double curvature arch dam 82 m high with a storage capacity of 128,7 million m3. Provision was made in the design to allow for a future raising of the water level by some 15,2 m. The construction of the wall marked...
    • Sightseeing
    • Dams
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    Dedicated to Boer soldiers "in memory of the fallen in the struggle for Freedom and Justice".
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    During the Anglo-Boer War Gideon Scheepers formed his own commando, which operated in the Cape Midlands. He was captured by the British troops and charges of alleged war crimes were laid against him. At the court hearings in...
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The Union Monument
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The monument commemorates the Union of South Africa and is a stone pyramid erected on Magazine Hill.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: March 2015
    The first recorded church was in Church Street. Building of a church started in 1792 but was destroyed by fire in 1799 before it could be completed. A second church was completed in September 1800 on the site of the present Dutch...
    • Sightseeing
    • 049 892 2422
  • More InfoUpdated: 6 months ago
    The Jacaranda shipwreck lies on the Wild coast of South Africa in the Eastern Cape. It’s the most untouched coast line of South Africa and has a reputation for wild storms and unpredictable ocean currents.
    • Sightseeing
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    Royal Block Masizahke
    • Graaff-Reinet
    The Royal Block was constructed during the early 20th century, quite possibly as housing for the labour force during the construction of the Van Ryneveld’s Pass Irrigation Dam in the 1920’s.
    • History
  • More InfoUpdated: April 2015
    The craggy heights of the Mountain Zebra National Park's Bankberg embrace rolling plains and deep valleys, and have become an entrancing preserve for the Cape mountain zebra.
    • National Parks
  • More InfoUpdated: August 2013
    The Nelson Mandela Museum, positioned as it is in the area of his birth, upbringing and eventually, his retirement, offers an authentic journey through the sites, spaces and landscapes of his life. It commemorates his life and...
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: 3 weeks ago
    Open 8.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 weekdays, but the building is sometimes closed due to other committments, so phone ahead if you are coming from out of town. Saturday and Public holidays 10.00 - 12.00 by appointment. In an...
    • History
    • Museums
  • More InfoUpdated: December 2016
    The Graaff-Reinet Museum or “Reinet House”, formerly a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage, was built at the expense of the Government in 1812 during the ministry of the Rev. Kicherer. It was the home of three ministers prior to...
    • Museums

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