Known as the home of Rhodes University, and the host of one of the country’s longest running and major arts festivals – the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is a definite must visit. It is lesser know that this lovely town is part of a extremely diverse ecological region in South Africa, with thousands of hectares devoted to nature and game conservation. Grahamstown is also known as ‘City of Saints’ due to the plethora of churches. It a beautiful little town with a bunch of stunning old buildings and museums.
The Grahamstown Art Festival is one of the biggest attractions bringing visitors to Grahamstown. During Apartheid it was one of the biggest platforms of protest and rebellion. These days it is must less angry and much more celebratory of all the different cultures, colours and talents our diverse country has to offer.
There are a number of interesting museums in Grahamstown.
Albany Museum is a collection of unusual exhibits of natural science, history & archaeology in relaxed surroundings.
Old Provost is an old prison turned coffee shop/museum. Definitely a must do. Who doesn’t like combining creepy with coffee?
The National English Literary Museum houses extensive archival material relating to Southern African English Literature. Definitely worth it if you are a bookworm.
If you’re not in the mood for history, but rather fancy an afternoon in a fairy garden, go visit the Makana Botanical Gardens. Spend the day amongst the birds and the plant and get back in touch with nature. These Garden are maintained by the University of Rhodes and is a great initiative to support.
Visit Grahamstown to satisfy both your cultural and natural traveling need!