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With a large university, some of South Africa’s top schools and a plethora of museums and other cultural attractions, Grahamstown is a rather erudite destination. It’s also the venue of the National Festival of the Arts, which is the second largest arts festival in the world, coming in just behind... Read more

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Varsity City - Enjoyed the Varsity, the Graduation ceremony, the Cathedral, the 1820 Settlers Monument.

Tom Langley
South Africa

Grahamstown - The City of Saints - The City of Saints, also known as Africa's Festival Capital, hosts a number of annual festivals including the National Arts Festival (which is the 2nd largest in the world), Scifest, The Grahamstown Flower Festival, school events and Rhodes University courses and conferences. Grahamstown boasts many fine, malaria free game parks for day trips, an elephant sanctuary, museums, the botanical gardens, architecture steeped in history and almost any outdoor adventure sport you like. It is a short drive to many coastal resorts such as Port Alfred, Kenton-On-Sea, Bushman's River, etc with visits to pubs and the many crafters who display their wares along the way. Grahamstown is a wonderful, vibrant city, teeming with students and yet still retains its olde worlde atmosphere.

Jeannine Evans
South Africa

12 Reasons why you should visit Grahamstown - Grahamstown is a great place to visit during the summer months and if you need convincing, here are 12 reasons why you should visit our very special part of the Eastern Cape: 1. Hot and sunny 2. Friendly locals 3. Rich in colonial and amaXhosa history 4. Fantastic beaches nearby 5. Big-5 territory 6. No malaria or bilharzia 7. Plenty of accommodation and parking 8. Great pubs and restaurants 9. Wonderful architecture 10. Edutourism & Voluntourism - "Learn. Do good, feel good." 11. Adventure sports - elephant riding, cycling, boating, fishing and golfing to abseiling, skydiving and everything in between; and last but not least despite what you may have heard 12. We have water!

Sheryl-Anne Drennan
South Africa

A unique place - Grahamstown has a lot to offer away from the hustle and bustle of city life with malaria free game parks nearby, museums and history galore and a fantastic school and university that keep it young and vibrant. Hope to see you here soon!

Suzanne Wille
South Africa

Lovely - A lovely little town, with amazing Victorian monuments (cathedral, city hall, schools). Very pleasant.

Gabrielle Leflaive
South Africa
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  • Thomas Baines Nature Reserve Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

    Nature Reserve
    9.6km from Grahamstown

    Named after the famous 19th century artist, naturalist and explorer, Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is a...
  • Bucklands Private Game Reserve Bucklands Private Game Reserve

    Nature Reserve
    30.7km from Grahamstown

    Bucklands Private Game Reserve is a Stewart Family conservation initiative which was launched in 2007...
  • Observatory Museum Observatory Museum

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    Visit a rare Victorian amusement once considered 'The Magic Mirror of Life'. This unusual...
  • Great Fish River Reserve Great Fish River Reserve

    Nature Reserve
    40.1km from Grahamstown

    The spectacular Great Fish River Reserve lies in the Great Fish River valley between Grahamstown and...
  • Pumba Private Game Reserve Pumba Private Game Reserve

    Nature Reserve
    17.1km from Grahamstown

    Situated in a stunning Eastern Cape landscape, Pumba Private Game Reserve is the perfect destination for...
  • Assegaai Tree Trail Assegaai Tree Trail

    Hiking Trail
    18.0km from Grahamstown

    Nature lovers and not so fit walkers will enjoy the 1 km Assegaai Tree Trail. Interesting trees and...
  • Kariega Game Reserve Kariega Game Reserve

    Nature Reserve
    29.5km from Grahamstown

    Enjoy an ultimate safari experience on the Sunshine Coast in the malaria-free Kariega Game...
  • The Big Pineapple The Big Pineapple

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    41.2km from Grahamstown

    The little hamlet of Bathurst lays claims to the biggest pineapple on the planet! Standing 16.7 metres...
  • Alexandria Hiking Trail Alexandria Hiking Trail

    Hiking Trail
    41.9km from Grahamstown

    This totally awesome trail begins in the stunning Alexandria forest at the park offices. The two...
  • Sebumo Tude Mountain Bike Trail Sebumo Tude Mountain Bike Trail

    Mountain Biking Trails
    44.1km from Grahamstown

    Sebumo Tude Mountain Bike Trails offer 6.5 km and 9 km tracks appealing to beginner and advanced riders....
  • Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve Trails Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve Trails

    Hiking Trail
    44.3km from Grahamstown

    This day walk consists of a network of trails and is pretty easy to do. The trail is located in the 30...
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Grahamstown Restaurants

  • Fynbos Hub Coffee Shop Fynbos Hub Coffee Shop

    Coffee Shop Restaurant in

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    With warm views of Grahamstown, this sunny spot offers a range of teas, sweet treats and light lunches...
  • Norden's Restaurant Norden's Restaurant

    1.4km from Grahamstown

    1 Review
    Situated within the Cock House Guest House, an 1820 Settler National Monument, is the gracious Norden's...
  • The Rat and Parrot The Rat and Parrot

    Pub Meals Restaurant in

    1 Review
    Noted as Grahamstown’s village gastro pub, this lively establishment features an array of delectable...
  • Cafe D'Vine Cafe D'Vine

    Light Meals Restaurant in

    1 Review
    Café D’Vine is a casual eatery within a historic building. The interiors have been complemented with...
  • Red Café Red Café

    Bistro Restaurant in

    The Red Café is a bustling coffee-shop- come-bistro with attentive staff and great décor. Here you can...
  • The Cock House The Cock House

    Country Restaurant
    1.4km from Grahamstown

    Retaining much of its historic character, The Cock House transpires seasonal ingredients and local...
  • Haricot's Deli and Bistro Haricot's Deli and Bistro

    French Restaurant in

    Haricot’s Deli and Bistro is a true ‘find’. Dare to walk into the French Quarter and find the Haricot’s...
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