COUNTRY AND NATURE

Extending your horizons

With a hinterland rich in landscapes of exceptional natural beauty, there's no shortage of overnight or day-trips to captivate the Buffalo City visitor.

A short drive from the city, you can get up close and personal with the majestic Big Five at an affordable private game reserve, or head out to sea to witness first-hand "the greatest shoal on earth", and the predator feeding-frenzy that accompanies the famous sardine run.

Birders will find much to fascinate in the multiple biomes of the region, with an abundance of species to be found in pristine indigenous forest, grassland, riverine and coastal areas.

Thrill to the sound of the Fish Eagle in the Gonubie River valley, the rare Black Oystercatcher that breeds along our coastline or the highly-endangered Cape Parrot flying overhead the stunning yellowwoods of the Amathole mountains.

Less than an hour by good tar road, the famous pont will ferry you across the Kei River to indulge in an extravagant Wild Coast Saturday seafood buffet, while a bit off the beaten track, you can marvel at the breath-taking cliffs of Morgan's Bay and the rugged isolation of Double Mouth, rated one of South Africa's ten most beautiful camping getaways.

If hiking trails are your thing, a number of backpacking and "slack-packing" options are on offer, depending on your personal choice and degree of fitness and experience.

While the well-known Amatola Trail runs for more than 110km through mountainous terrain and indigenous forests and extends from the Maden Dam (near King William's Town) to Hogsback, shorter stretches can be hiked depending on the time available.

The Strandloper Trail follows the coast from Kei Mouth to East London, traversing some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Africa. Hikers can choose to sleep overnight in rustic but comfortable huts or the more luxurious family hotels that dot the route.

A multitude of scenic day-walks or shorter rambles in both our coastal and inland areas cater for all ages and levels of fitness, with the Hogsback area providing an especially memorable variety of scenery throughout the four seasons.

Further afield than the popular coastal fairways, you could take a scenic drive and enjoy something different at the magnificent Gary Player-designed golf course at the Fish River Sun, or rub shoulders with the friendly locals at the Stutterheim Country Club, savouring the clean mountain air and with the Kologha forests just a chip and a putt away as a backdrop.

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Useful Links

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