At the heart of the tourist route known as Frontier Country, Grahamstown, along with towns and villages like Alicedale, Sidbury, Salem, Riebeeck East and Bedford, is part of one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa, with thousands of hectares devoted to nature and game conservation, in a malaria-free environment, and a history steeped in forts, conflict and strife.
Grahamstown lies at the intersection of four very different climatic zones, leading to its unpredictable weather pattern, which many locals will tell you often results in four seasons per day!
Frontier Country boasts the magnificent BIG 5 in numerous game reserves surrounding Grahamstown. We recommend the following for a great bush experience:
- Pumba Private Game Reserve (self-drive to/from Pumba, N2 40 min/45km): Guided Day Tour includes game drive, meal and refreshments. R900.00 adult, R610.00
- Addo Elephant National Park (self-drive to/from Addo, N2/R342 via Paterson, 1 hour 15 min / 100 km): Entrance Fee for self-drive tour through park: R35.00 SA nationals, R70.00 SADC nationals, R140.00 all other nationals.
- Other nearby reserves include Thomas Baines and Great Fish River Reserves (www.ecparks.co.za), Kariega Private Game Reserve and Sibuya Game Reserve.