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About Kwam eMakana

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Mrs Nosimo Balindlela. This was an attempt on her part, to increase the tourism spend in disadvantaged areas by having Eastern Cape Government employees stay in designated houses when they travelled for business purposes. Today, after ten years experience and many formal training courses, 34 women proudly open their homes to visitors requiring accommodation in Grahamstown and guests have the guarantee to be welcomed with the warmest hospitality.

For international tourists it will be a true cultural experience and local travellers will just feel at home.

All homestays are in the neighbourhood of the Joza location and display their Kwam signage for easy recognition. Please specify your needs when you make an inquiry, the hostesses will then suggest the most suitable homestay for you to make your stay the best ever.

Fast gaining in popularity, this small part of the world offers visitors easy access to the unspoilt beaches of the Sunshine Coast and premier game reserves in a malaria - and bilharzia-free environment. View the Big 5, enjoy spectacularly rugged scenery, immerse yourself in our rich history and enjoy the warm hospitality.

  • Response Rate: 22%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 10 hours
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 143
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM


  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)

Kwam eMakana Rooms

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Kwam eMakana is 5.4km from the centre of Grahamstown , the nearest airport 131.4km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Grahamstown

Observatory Museum

(0.8 km from Grahamstown)

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Bucklands Private Game Reserve

(30.7 km from Grahamstown)

Bucklands Private Game Reserve is a Stewart Family conservation initiative which was launched in 2007 culminating from the families deep love of the African continent's splendid diversity and natural beauty found within its wildlife and nature...

Great Fish River Reserve

(40.1 km from Grahamstown)

The spectacular Great Fish River Reserve lies in the Great Fish River valley between Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort and extends all the way to the Kieskama River. This malaria-free destination is still pretty much off the major tourist radar,...

Thomas Baines Nature Reserve

(9.6 km from Grahamstown)

Named after the famous 19th century artist, naturalist and explorer, Thomas Baines Nature Reserve is a great spot for a day trip if you’re visiting the Grahamstown area. It’s an easy 12-kilometre drive from Grahamstown in the direction of Port...