Barkly East Accommodation
The town of Barkly East has many claims to fame - among them boasting the highest altitude of any South African town and being one of the few places in the country where winter sports are practised, hence its nickname, the Switzerland of South Africa. It also has an exceptionally beautiful setting and offers a world of activities to those who enjoy getting out into nature.
You'll find Barkly East, which was named after Sir Henry Barkly, governor of the Cape Colony at the time (1870's), in the Eastern Cape province, at the southern tip of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Given its position, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the town is surrounded by rugged, spikey mountainscapes and deep green valleys which seem to define the meaning of vitality. When all is said and done, it is breath-taking scenery that is hard to tear yourself away from.
The slopes around Barkly East do not just appear vital though. The lush fields in the area provide the perfect pastures to support sheep farming- the town's main agricultural and economic activity.
Barkly East and the surrounding area experiences a subtropical highland climate which is characterised by mild summers (November to March) with smatterings of rain, while winters are chilly and dry, often producing snow.
For many, summer is the ideal time to visit the area as temperatures are comfortable for a range of activities. Among the adventurous pursuits one might have in the area are mountain biking, hiking and trail running, all made particularly enjoyable when the wild flowers are in bloom. Fishing for rainbow trout and smallmouth yellow fish is an increasingly popular activity in the area while the San rock art sites provide a cultural angle to your stay. In winter you can play in the snow and perhaps even have a go at skiing, proving that Barkly East really is a year-round destination.
The Hayloft is a lovely converted building in the quaint town of Barkly East. It has been decorated throughout by an interior decorator and is affordably luxurious. Nestled in the Witterberge near th... More Info
Nestled in the mountains of the Langkloof, 20km from Barkley East.. the Cottage with its tidy cosy atmosphere provides a tranquil setting to relax and unwind in. On site parking, burglar guards add to... More Info
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Barkly East Reviews
Barkly East is a very interesting tourist destination.
- Felicity Geswint
The area around Barkly East is amongst the most beautiful in SA. The Barkly pass to Elliot is a must - with sloping green pastures in the foreground and magnificent mountains in the background, through which you drive to the peak and then descend. Rock formations also stunning. In Barkly there are a few establishments to eat and have coffee - try FKs and Dorp Lappies.
- Peter Quinn
Lovely town, lovely people, farm like atmosphere, great bar and nice diner...will surely go again!
- Johan Steyn