Grahamstown (Makhanda)

Grahamstown (Makhanda)

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Grahamstown is situated in the Sarah Baartman region of the Eastern Cape.  This eclectic town is filled with history and is known by many as the "Settler City", or the "City of Saints" with its many churches. 

Grahamstown is in the heart of Frontier Country, which is a region including, Alicedale, Sidbury, Salem, Seven Fountains, Riebeeck East, BedfordFort BeaufortAdelaide, AliceHogsback, and Peddie.  With Victorian charm, beautiful unspoiled countryside, a University, schools and festivals, Grahamstown has a great deal to offer visitors and well-worth the visit.


The town is best known for the Grahamstown Arts Festival.  During this time venues are set up all across the town as it becomes a hive of activity from early morning to late night live music concerts and shows.  The National Arts Festival offers a wide programme over ten days, with hundreds of exhibitions and performances. This famous festival has become the premiere showcase for South African visual arts and Drama.



Grahamstown is not only famous for its festival but also its spectacular churches including the Anglican Cathedral of St Michael and St George.  It is the only church in Africa which has the ring of ten bells.


Home to Rhodes University, one of South Africa's top universities, Grahamstown buzzes with youthful energy.  There are many Game reserves in the area where visitors can get up close and personal with their favourite member of the Big 5!  


Some of the things to do and see in Grahamstown are as follows:


  • Visit churches
  • Museums
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Safaris
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Nature Reserves
  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching

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