Grahamstown Accommodation

Grahamstown is a small city in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, situated 120 kilometres from Port Elizabeth and 180 kilometres from East London. Grahamstown is choc-full of history and pretty buildings and accommodation in Grahamstown is most in-demand during the annual Grahamstown Festival.

Grahamstown is historically significant in South Africa as an old frontier town. It was originally established as a military outpost in 1812 by Colonel John Graham. At the time, it lay at the frontier between the British Cape colony and the traditional Xhosa lands. However, as tends to happen, its military significance declined and it grew into a thriving little city - at one point the second largest city in South Africa with only Cape Town ahead of it.

Grahamstown is sprinkled with reminders of its colourful history. A variety of old beautiful Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian styled buildings play host to shops, hotels and houses and numerous memorial sites and old forts pay homage to events and people of the past. Grahamstown boasts 70 heritage sites.

Despite its history, it is still best known for Rhodes University and the annual Grahamstown Festival - a theatre, dance, music and art festival which attracts some of South Africa's creative giants and 1000's of swooning arts lovers. The festival is a major injection of money into the town's economy as well as energy into the sleepy winter atmosphere when the students are away.

During term time, the town buzzes with a young energy as students stroll the streets, frequent the bars and relax on patches of grass. It has an exciting, intellectual vibe too as scholars and academics congregate to discuss new ideas.

Grahamstown is  a sought after holiday destination, given its proximity to the Eastern Cape's Sunshine Coast and the long stretches of beach it offers. There are also a number of malaria and bilharzia-free game reserves in the area where it is possible to see the Big Five.

Things to do in Grahamstown itself include visiting the various monuments, such as the Settlers Monument, which offers sweeping views of the whole town, and taking a township tour.

If you choose to visit the area, and stay in one of the many fabulous Grahamstown guesthouses, you won't be disappointed. There is plenty to see in and do and people from the Eastern Cape are famously friendly.

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Newly established guesthouse at Mountain View Manor with STUNNING views of Grahamstown and the surrounding mountains. Join us for a luxurious comfortable stay and a great sense of the outdoors.Accommo... More Info

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1995 Springbok and Rugby World Cup winner, Hennie le Roux is the private owner of this rich landscape which abounds in fauna and flora. Crown River Safari and Wildlife Reserve is home to the Crown ... More Info

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Clean, fresh country decor gives AppleBee its unique warmth and charm. It is situated just far enough from the main road to exclude traffic noise and yet is conveniently situated 100m from St Andrew's... More Info

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Colonel Graham Guest House in the Eastern Cape city of Grahamstown offers the ideal blend of historical charm & modern day comforts in the tranquil environs of Lansdowne Road. The two accommodation gu... More Info

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Jenny's Guest House is situated in a quiet residential suburb in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. As you enter, the tranquil surroundings of the beautiful garden, guests will be welcomed by Gavin and Claire... More Info

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28 Stones Hill B&B offers you a warm and welcoming getaway with farm-style tranquillity. This retreat, situated just a few steps from the historic 'hamlet' of Grahamstown, provides a rare combi... More Info

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A recently renovated, historical, Settler home, close to the centre of Grahamstown, immediately opposite Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) on Worcester St. We are ideally located for those visiting DSG,... More Info

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A White House Guest House is trading as a Superior Quality 4 Star Establishment, catering for a variety of clientele and functions. We are situated in the quaint and historical city of Grahamstown. ... More Info

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Eagle's Nest B&B is on the sunny side of Grahamstown. Ideally situated near schools, city centre and in walking distance to shops, museums, Rhodes University and restaurants. Three reasonably pric... More Info

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Mountain Dew Cottage is a self-catering cottage in Grahamstown. We are on the side of the Mountain just above the Makana Resort in a serene natural environment surrounded by fresh mountain air and the... More Info

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Grahamstown Reviews

A fascinating, historic town. Worth spending more time to explore.
- Shelley Johnston

A charming safe place with interested buildings and church. The population are welcoming and the most important thing is that you can walk in the street feeling safed.
- Maujean Alexandra

Much cleaner and looking brighter than 3 years ago. Roads need urgent attention.
- Ian Hunt

I liked it, it was my first time here but I felt secure.
- Luphathe Nyathi

Very nice, peaceful place with lots of charm. A good place for my kids to study in a couple of years time, if Rhodes offers an acceptable Actuarial Science degree.
- Garth Luyt