Destinations & Attractions in Frontier Country, in Eastern Cape

Frontier Country Destinations & Attractions

Frontier Country is in the Eastern Cape, and is an undeniably beautiful area that is rich in culture, history and heritage. It was once the scene of many a battle between the three most significant entities of the local history – the Boer (or Afrikaner), the English colonialists and the indigenous Xhosa folk. Today, Frontier Country remains a diverse melting pot of languages, cultures and colours.

However, it is not only diverse in terms of its people. It is also a naturally and ecologically varied destination. The vegetation of this region is beautiful and typical of the abundant Eastern Cape. Rolling hills laden with green scrub, trees and grasslands are typical. In addition, this region includes the South African coastline, making it even more beautiful and diverse. In fact, Frontier Country is known for being the home of the Big 7 – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, great white shark and southern right whale. These are magnificent animals that are always spectacular to see. However, the fauna extends far beyond these, and includes a number of antelope, mammals, insects, reptiles and birds.

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The Addo Elephant National Park is situated within this beautiful part of South Africa. This park is the famous home to around 500 African elephants, as well as lions, warthogs, majestic antelope, zebras, and even the endemic flightless dung beetle.

Grahamstown is another popular hub within Frontier Country, best known as an arty university town that is full of history and quirky folk. Every June and July, the National Arts Festival attracts visitors from all over South Africa to indulge in some local arts, crafts and performances. There are more than 500 different shows annually; including jazz, interpretive dance, ballet, drama, cabaret, stand-up comedy and more. However, Grahamstown is also acclaimed for its museums, which provide an insight into yesteryear. These include the National English Literary Museum, Provost Prison, Rhodes University Museum, and Natural Science Museum.

The Nanaga Farm Stall is situated along the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown. This is a massive “stall” that is famous for its pies, roosterbrood (traditional South African bread), pineapple juice and other delights that are all freshly made on site. There are also cheeses, meats, mementoes and gifts on offer here.

Other important towns in Frontier Country are Alexandria (a small community that thrives off its chicory farms), Bathurst, Colchester, Kirkwood, and the picturesque Zuurberg.

Alexandria

Alexandria lies en route to Bushman’s River Mouth and Kenton-on-Sea just 50 kilometres from Port Alfred, roughly halfway between Durban and Cape Town. It is described as a friendly farming community that sustains itself from ...

Alicedale

This quaint village lies in the shadow of the Swartwatersberg hills on a railway junction between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, not even an hour's drive from the city of Saints. Despite its littleness, Alicedale has enough ...

Amakhala

The Amakhala Game Reserve is named after the Xhosa word meaning Aloes, the prolific indigenous plant found in this uniquely diverse province. Steeped in history and beauty, this 6000-hectare game reserve creates an ideal ...

Bathurst

Bathurst is situated on the fringes of both the Sunshine Coast and Frontier Country, a half hour drive from Grahamstown or 10 minutes from Port Alfred. Halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London, Bathurst is a short 10 ...

Bucklands

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 ...

Bushman Sands

Situated on nearly 4000 hectares of former farmland, Bushman Sands game reserve offers malaria free sightings of Big Five game. Working with Shamwari's conservation team, Bushman Sands have reintroduced indigenous animals to the ...

Colchester

Lying on the banks of the Sundays River, just 20 minutes’ drive from the coast of Port Elizabeth, lies Colchester in a part of the country that remains largely unspoilt, surrounded by sand dunes that date back about 100 000 ...

Fish River

The Great Fish River, distinguishable from the Namibian Fish River by the word ‘great’, that runs through the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, flows for some 690 kilometres before reaching the Indian Ocean 60 kilometres ...

Grahamstown

To most South Africans, Grahamstown, just off the N2 between Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred, is the home of Rhodes University, and the host of one of the country’s longest running and major arts festivals - the National Arts ...

Greater Addo

Greater Addo is largely dominated by the Addo Elephant National Park, the boundaries of which now extend right from the edge of Darlington Dam in the north to Colchester at the coast, incorporating the beautiful Sundays River ...

Groendal Wilderness Area

The 30 000 hectare Groendal Wilderness Area protects the water catchment area of the Swartkops River (KwaZungha River), with the Groendal Dam in its centre. Lying within the Groot Winterhoek Mountain range, this wilderness area ...

Kariega

Located in pristine surroundings, the tranquillity and splendour of Kariega Game Reserve, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, is beyond doubt awesome. Sanctuary to abundant game and wildlife such as lion, elephant, leopard, ...

Kwantu

Kwantu Private Game Reserve offers Africa's Big 5, an elephant sanctuary, endangered and exotic wildlife. This untouched wilderness boasts a past as rich as its abundant wildlife population. From the comfort of our specially ...

Lalibela

Lalibela Game Reserves location in the Eastern Cape means it is not only malaria free, but spans 5 eco systems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of plants, animals and birds. With the recent release of the African lion into ...

Riebeek East

The little village of Riebeek East, virtually lost in time such that, if it weren’t for the growing interest in eco-tourism in this part of the country and it’s proximity to both Grahamstown and the Addo Elephant National Park, ...

Salem

The little settler village of Salem (meaning ‘peace’) is one of those places that suffers from being en route to somewhere else, and as such remains rather low on the average traveller’s list - a rather misguided conclusion to ...

Shamwari

The 20 000 hectare game reserve is steeped in Settler history, and dates back to the time when game roamed freely in the Eastern Cape. Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life, and has been awarded a number of ...

Sibuya

Malaria Free and conveniently situated near Kenton on Sea on the Sunshine Coast, just 130 kms from Port Elizabeth is Sibuya Game Reserve. Based at the secluded Camp on the banks of the Kariega River, guests are a short boat trip ...

Sidbury

Lying in the midst of what is considered 'frontier country', Sidbury is one of several quaint little towns, with Grahamstown as their centre, that make up one of the most ecologically diverse regions in South Africa and the heart ...
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