Mbodla Eco-Heritage Route
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The Adelaide Museum has one of the finest collections of Wedgwood porcelain in South Africa.
Your drive on the Mbodla Eco-heritage route could begin in Grahamstown, City of the Saints. The nickname comes from the overwhelming presence of churches and schools named after saints.
Grahamstown, a university town hosting the country's premier annual arts festival, is an architectural joy to visit. Many of the 1820 settlers, who came as farmers, were actually artisans, who continued to practice their craft after moving here.
Head north to the village of Bedford and you may end up buying a house there. Very cute, very Afro-English. Nearby is Adelaide, which has an old, friendly hotel and an excellent country hospital. The beauty of this South African eco-heritage route inspired one of the local doctors to become a fine arts photographer.
Another town much loved by tourists lies up in the misty reaches near the Amatola Mountains - Hogsback. Great for outdoor enthusiasts, Hogsback offers forest walks, birdlife, local crafts and log fires for those chilly winter nights - classic Eastern Cape eco-heritage.
Further up the Mbodla Eco-heritage route there is Fort Beaufort with its preserved Victorian-era military buildings. Your journey leads you up into Katberg, another magnificent mountain village.
The area is prime Eastern Cape eco-heritage: great for hunting and photographic safaris. World-class private game reserves like Kwandwe and Shamwari are part of the route, showcasing the land's immense biodiversity. Here you can find malaria-free safaris and Big 5 bush experiences every bit as enjoyable as their counterparts to the north.
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Who to contact
Mbodla Eco-heritage Route
Tel: +27 (0) 82 932 1304
Spirits of the Past Tour
Tel: +27(0)46 622 7896/7