Grahamstown offers a range of conventional sporting options such as archery, bowls, cricket, darts, hockey, netball, road running, football, squash, badminton, karate, polocrosse, horse riding, tennis, racing pigeons, moto-cross and gymnastics. Local sports clubs welcome visitors. The dams around the city and the nearby estuaries provide safe venues for canoeing, sailing and windsurfing. Alternatively the following activities are also available:

Fraser’s Camp Adventures: Zipline Tours

Post a letter in the oldest Post Box in SA

Angling : Within a 20km radius of the city. Information on angling permits can be obtained from Albany Sports Shop, Pepper Grove Mall, African Street.
Tel: 046 622 3146.

Animal Touch Farm at Langholm Country Estate.
Tel: 046 622 8003, Cell: 083 528 1816
Email : langholm@algoanet.com

Bird Watching:

  • Grahamstown Botanical Gardens
  • Great Fish River Reserve
  • Watersmeet Reserve
  • Kap River Reserve
  • Ghio Pans Reserve
  • Coastal Sites: Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea, Boknes, the Great Fish River estuary.

Golf: Bushman Sands Golf Course, Alicedale - Eastern Cape.

Grahamstown Golf Club: Telephone (+27 46) 636 1361 Club/Pro Shop, Fax (+27 46) 636 1361

Helicopter rides

Sightseeing / air charters with Stratos Air Charters : Etienne le Roux

Hiking : Oldenburgia Hiking Trail is a two-day circular trail Tel: 046-603 6072 / 603 6093, Fax: 046-622 9488. Dassie Krantz and the Gowie Kloof are two shorter walks in town. Other trails in the area include Belton Hiking Trails at Bucklands Farm, Spring Grove Crocodile Farm, Hogsback, Amatola Hiking Trail, Alexandria Hiking Trail and trails along the Bushman's and Kowie Rivers.
Mosslands Two River Trail Sally Moss, 046 622 8956 or 082 473 5122

Mountain Biking and hiking Tel/Fax: +27 0(46) 622 8398, Cell: 072 151 0519
Email: leroyendall@albanynet.co.za

Nduna Quad Bikes & Game drives e-mail: bookings@nduna.co.za

Reed Valley Crocodile Farm

Rock Climbing : Tel: 046 622 3358.

Skydiving and microlights: Joos Vos on Cell: 082 800 9263 or the Club at Tel: 046 636 2486.

The South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity
This institute houses the national collection of fishes and is home to the pre-historic coelacanth.

There are also numerous tours available:


Amahlati Excursions can take you on a tour in or all around the Grahamstown area, ranging from a few hours to up to 10 days.

Basil Mills: For any further information contact Basil at the National English Literary Museum (046 622 7042) or email b.c.mills@ru.ac.za

  • The Kaross of Heritage, Myths, Legends and Wildlife
  • Literary and Environmental Camps
  • Shipwreck Sites
  • Battle Re-enactment
  • Ox-riding Trails

Ben Bezuidenhout : THE BLAAUWKRANTZ BRIDGE TRAIN DISASTER - 1911

Frontier Country Tours and Trails: Heritage Tours; Wildlife and Nature Tours, Buss around the Bush tour
For more details, contact Lynn Phillips:Tel: +27 (0) 046 622 8054; Email: info@frontiercountry.co.za

Gill Wylie: Available to conduct 'step-on' tours:

  • Agricultural
  • Historical
  • Game Park Tours
  • Veld Walks
  • Scenic Tours
Cell: 082 832 5839; Email: gillianwylie@imaginet.co.za

Mbuleli Tours: Local and regional guide Mbuleli Mpokela will tailor-make a tour to include any special interests you may have on your own itinerary! Your township tour will include a visit to:

  • The Egazini Monument
  • Egazini Outreach Project
  • Umthati Nursery
  • Four Townships
  • Taste a Xhosa meal (book at least a day in advance)
Contact Mbuleli: 082 979 5906, e-mail: m.mpokela@ru.ac.za or Makana Tourism

Walking Tours of Grahamstown: Fleur Way-Jones: 083 652 0522 f.way-jones@ru.ac.za
If you only have a short time to spare, the walking tours are an excellent way to absorb Grahamstown's interesting history. The art of storytelling conveys the history behind the buildings, their past and their inhabitants. Each walk lasts about an hour and a half. They are conducted at a leisurely pace, and you'll be accompanied by a guide in full Victorian dress!

Choose from one of the following:

  • Saints, Sinners and Students, which imparts the early history of Grahamstown, and visits one chapel, two jails and Rhodes University.
  • Stately Homes & Old School Ties, which visits two of the oldest schools in the area as well as a number of Victorian homes that were designed by an amateur architect in various strange but interesting styles. The tour also includes the oldest working post box in South Africa - Worcester Street.
  • Historic Heart visits the centre of Grahamstown, and leaves from the Observatory Museum. It covers the growth of the town from a military site to a thriving "city".

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