The Alfred Nzo region
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The Alfred Nzo region, Eastern Cape, is named after Alfred Nzo, a key player in South Africa's freedom struggle.
The Alfred Nzo region covers less than 8 000 square kilometres, making it the smallest of all Eastern Cape districts. But what it lacks in size, it makes up soul - the area is a nature lover's paradise, with spectacular mountains, hiking trails, trout fishing hotspots and abundant birdlife rating as top attractions in the Alfred Nzo region.
The Alfred Nzo Eastern Cape region is in the most north-eastern corner of the Eastern Cape, bordering the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. It once formed part of the Transkei, an independent homeland under the apartheid government. Due to the lack of infrastructure afforded to the area in the past, it has remained rural and untouched by commercial ventures.
It's a remote, mountainous area, located at a very high altitude - more than 1 000 feet above sea level. This makes it prone to high rainfall and very cold winters that usually bring with them snow.
But these two factors combine to offer an exciting tourism experience that delivers an untouched wilderness beckoning for exploration.
So get out there and explore! V isit the Mountain Lake Nature Reserve, just outside Matatiele, and see its famed wetlands; canoe the mountain streams around Matatiele; or hike the Mehloding Nature Trail, which traverses the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains and rural villages, and features undocumented rock art.
If you enjoy the solitude of fishing, you've come to the right place. This area is a major trout fishing hotspot and offers a number of beautiful destinations that are perfect for this pastime.
The Alfred Nzo region features a rich cultural tapestry, centred around a number of key South African cultural groups. To experience this hospitality and way of life first hand, visit the Isinamva Cultural Village, just outside Mount Frere. It promises an authentic African experience and you won't be disappointed.
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Who to contact
The Eastern Cape Tourism Board
Tel: +27 (0) 43 701 9600
Tel: +27 (0) 21 683 9639