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Kingston Farm

Bathurst - Eastern Cape -

kingstonfarm@mac.com

Tel: 083 262 4813

Kingston Farm is a small farm outside of Bathurst in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We breed and bring on Appaloosas, have a very small but exceedingly good restaurant and provide bed and breakfast accommodation for visitors to this part of the world.

The restaurant first opened on April 15th 2007 and has been included in Eat Out magazine’s Top 500 restaurants for 2017, 2016 and 2015. We have also won the Culinary Challenge as part of the Bathurst Country Affair. From time to time, the restaurant hosts a wine pairing and tasting menu.

We also tailor make menus for special occasions and functions as well as provide an outside catering service for weddings and parties in the vicinity.

Kingston Farm was first established by Peter Vallentine of the Nottingham party of settlers in 1828. Shortly thereafter, it was transferred to Philip Tarr and was originally named Tarr Farm. This gentleman’s son, married a Miss Kingston from Kimberly and changed the farm’s name in her honour. Their son, tragically died in the Blauwkranz rail disaster of 1911.

River Front Restaurant 

Address: Holland Street close to Police Station 6105 Addo, South Africa

Tel: 072 448 1468

Visit our wonderful organic RIVER FRONT RESTAURANT. Enjoy the freshest organic vegetables straight from the permaculture gardens. Delight in salads bursting with colour for those hot summer days, delicious meats including wild game meats and so much more all while being enchanted by the magnificent river view and birdlife before you.

Set along the banks of the Sundays River, River Front Estate offers beautiful self-catering accommodation with breath taking river and mountain views.

Impeccably furnished units ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. We pride ourselves on providing simple and very affordable accommodation.

Allocated just off Addo's main road, River Front Estate is only 13kms from the Addo Elephant National Park. River Front Estate is close to restaurants, fun activities and game parks the area. 

Accommodation

The Shire Eco Lodge

Kubusi Forest 4930 Stutterheim, South Africa

rob@shire.co.za


Tel:  043 683 2452

RECLINE IN A BUBBLE OF WOOD, THE TRANQUILITY AND OTHERWORLDLINESS OF THE SPACE WILL SOOTHE, INSPIRE AND REJUVENATE.


The Design
"There was a new lesson every day. I became an electrician, plumber and painter in the space of a few months."

The first talk of creating some kind of tourist destination on our property in Stutterheim, started in our cramped little 1 room flat in England. What started off as a wild idea then, quickly became possible when I arrived back home in South Africa.

The first talk of creating some kind of tourist destination on our property in Stutterheim, started in our cramped little 1 room flat in England. What started off as a wild idea then, quickly became possible when I arrived back home in South Africa. I found that Charles Claasen who I once worked for at a lodge in Knysna, had taken a job in Stutterheim. We got chatting and it wasn’t long before we decided that there should be a backpackers here…

The perfect spot was discovered where the forest created a large cove of grassland and the planning and preparation began. The grass was so high that it hung over our heads, so it had to be burnt to enable us to start the surveying. ‘Ample’ firebreaks were burnt and the fire was lit on a beautiful ‘hot’ autumn day. In minutes the entire 20 acre property was being devoured by flames, and briefly we stood frozen from shock as petrified amateurs do. We started our helpless attack when it became obvious that the fire had intentions of taking out the entire forest and neighboring farms. 

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Umngazi Hotel & Spa

Umngazi Mouth (Pty) Ltd, P.O.Box 75, Port St. Johns, Wild Coast

Email: requests@umngazi.co.za

Tel: +27 (0) 47 564 1115/ 6/ 8/ 9

Umngazi Hotel & Spa, is a beautiful beach resort, located on the Wild Coast, south of Port St John’s in the Eastern Cape.


A visit to Umngazi is a delight, from the wonderful welcoming staff to the tasty morning and afternoon tea offerings on the recently extended wooden deck.  The hotel has worked very hard to ensure the utmost safety of their guests, staff and community during this time of Covid.


Umngazi is the perfect spot for a completely relaxing holiday.  The kids are kept entertained with daily activities and there is a nanny service available for parents who would like to enjoy well-deserved quality time together.  A tennis court, a fully air-conditioned gym, SUP boarding, kayaks, walks, hikes, trails and an award-winning spa, located up on the hillside with breathtaking views, are all available for guests to enjoy.

 

Guests enjoy comfortable thatched accommodation with calming views of either the well-manicured gardens, the sparkling river or the wide-open ocean.  Umngazi’s romantic suites are perfect for those looking to indulge and reconnect with their loved ones.  These suites are situated close to the river mouth and have exclusive access to the Emlonyeni private lounge and pool deck.

One of the many highlights when visiting Umngazi is the dining experience which includes 3 delicious meals per day.  And for those looking to celebrate a special occasion there are two magical private dining venues available to hire. 

Pumba Private Game Reserve

Highlands, Makana Municipality, 6140

reservations@pehg.co.za

Tel: +27 (0)41 502 3050

Awake to the sounds of the African bush veld as the sun makes its appearance on the horizon bringing with it the prospect of another perfect day. Eco friendly Pumba, a proud member of the Green Leaf Conservation Initiative, is set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape and provides an intimate African safari experience never to be forgotten.

The reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five as well as rare white lion, hippo, hyena, cheetah, giraffes, various antelope and more than 300 bird species. Feel the heartbeat of nature as you explore the reserve in custom land rovers or on guided walking safaris.

Water Lodge offers waterfront chalets overlooking Lake Cariega while Bush Lodge is set on a floodplain with scenic mountain views offering luxury thatch and glass chalets. All Chalets open onto private game viewing decks boasting plunge pools and outdoor showers. The indulgent bathrooms offer free-standing tubs and double basins, and each room is fitted with an earthenware fireplace. Whether dining indoors or under the starlit sky, meals at Pumba are simply sublime.

Enjoy African fusion cuisine with an Eastern Cape flair complemented by a superb selection of local wines from our Director’s Cellar. Revitalise body and mind in the Soul Spa or enjoy a workout in the glass enclosed gym at Msenge Bush Lodge. Other activities include bird watching, bass fishing, stargazing, archery as well as nearby horse riding and golf. An hour from Port Elizabeth and 15 minutes from Grahamstown. WiFi. TGCSA 5-star Lodge.

Shopping

At the Grocery Shop

Hemingways Mall

9AM - 5PM l OVER 200 STORES

The mall features an array of entertainment such as a 6 theatre cinema with a 3D offering, family entertainment centre consisting of a ten pin bowling, Vortex, 4D Simulator, various arcade games, kiddies rides and bumper cars. Close to 200 stores offer anchor tenants which include Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Checkers, Edgars and to delight customers even further, RJ's, Las Vegas Spur, KFC, Cape Town Fish Market,

 

News Cafe and much much more! Fashionistas can shop till they drop at some of the worlds' best known brands such as Guess, Forever New, Bogart Man, YDE and Cotton On. Hemingways Mall, the ultimate delight! Stores unique to East London include Dis-Chem, @homelivingspace, ALDO, Browns The Diamond Store, Coricraft, Due South Escape, G-Star Raw and Soda Bloc. Click Here for a full list.

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Activities

Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth in South Africa and is one of the country's 20 national parks

Bloukrans Bridge

The largest and most famous bridge on the route is the Bloukran's bridge - Africa's highest ever at 708 feet (216 mtrs) and the home of the world's highest bridge bungee jump.

Mountain Zebra National Park

Invigorating crystal clear air, beautiful scenery, tranquil ambience and an abundance of wildlife offer you a special and personal African wilderness experience at Mountain Zebra National Park.

Tiffindell Ski Resort

Tiffindell Ski Resort a year-round alpine resort, the only ski resort in South Africa and one of the two ski resorts in Southern Africa.

Wild Waves Water Park

Get your splash on at Wild Waves Water Park and explore an assortment of aquatic rides, slides, tubes and plunge pools at one of the most sought-after Eastern Cape Attractions.

Bayworld

A visit to a well-run, well-supported museum such as Bayworld can be an exciting adventure and an exploration into all aspects of our environment, be it nature or culture.