This 1820 Settler city is only 30 minutes’ drive from Woodbury Lodge. Grahamstown is situated in Frontier Country and maintains its small-town Victorian charm. Beautifully restored and preserved historical buildings line the streets and it is here that you will find the 1820 Settlers Monument erected to commemorate contributions made by the British settlers who settled in the area.
The Albany Museum is 150 years old and well worth a visit should you enjoy history and natural science.
The world renowned Grahamstown Rhodes University with its picturesque campus hosts the National Arts Festival in July of every year. This is South Africa’s biggest arts and culture festival offering music, dance, opera and performance art, attracting many visitors far and wide.
Port Alfred the heart of the sunshine coast. This scenic coastal town with beautiful beaches makes Port Alfred a popular holiday destination both nationally and internationally. Port Alfred is popular amongst boating enthusiasts, canoes and boats may be hired here. Alternatively, a game of golf may be enjoyed at the Royal Port Alfred Club and there are also two world-renowned health spas, should visitors require some pampering. There are many restaurants and sociable bars also to visit.
Kenton on sea is situated between two spectacular tidal rivers, the Kariega and the Bushmans River Mouth. Kenton-on-Sea offers a picture perfect village setting for a fantastic day trip. Both rivers are safe for boating, canoeing and all river water sports.
Upriver one can view a host of indigenous bird life from the colourful sunbird to the soaring fish eagle. Wildlife can be spotted along some parts of the banks of the rivers including whales between April and December.
Port Elizabeth is just an hour’s drive from Woodbury Lodge, overlooking Algoa Bay and is known as the “Friendly City”. The city dates back to the arrival by sea of 4000 British settlers in 1820 and the province is also famous for having been the birth place of Nelson Mandela, humanitarian and former president of South Africa. It is now one of South Africa’s largest cities and has a major international port and is home to the main airport in the Eastern Cape. There are many activities on offer in Port Elizabeth including whale watching excursions, rare sea bird sightings, historical attractions, craft markets, shopping malls, pubs, restaurants and late night music spots.