Lady Grey Accommodation
Lady Grey is a little-known hamlet situated on the northern border of the Eastern Cape. It lies roughly 55 kilometres from Aliwal North and is 260 kilometres from Bloemfontein, the capital city of the neighbouring Free State province.
The tiny little town is picturesque in more ways than one - one of the reasons it can safely be considered a gem. Lying in the foothills of the Witteberg Mountains, Lady Grey surrounded by breath-taking mountain vistas, vast tracts of vibrant farm lands, and at night, a blanket of innumerable stars. The air there is crisp and clean and the streets are lined with Victorian-style buildings, many of which have been pain-stakingly restored to their former glory.
The town's architecture is one of the things which makes it so charming, and harks back to the late 1850's when the town was established. It was built on the Waaihoek farm in a plan by the Dutch Reformed Church to establish a new congregation. It was named after the Lady Eliza Grey, wife of Sir George Grey, then the Cape governor.
While life in Lady Grey is admittedly super slow, with some amenities, such as a later-than-usual lunch, being slightly hard to come by, this is what makes the town so attractive to many visitors. One comes here absorb the nothingness, gaze at the stars and immerse oneself in nature - which is easy to do given the rural location of the town.
The surrounding mountains offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and 4x4ing, while fishing in the surrounding streams (with a permit) and bird watching also being popular endeavours. Joubert's Pass, the 3rd highest pass in South Africa is, as you might imagine a scenic drive second to none and should certainly be undertaken if you find yourself in the area.
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Fishing one of the pristine streams for trout and yellow fish in the country. Beautiful peaceful surroundings for the person who is not interested in fishing. Swimming and birdwatching or just liste... More Info
The charming Edwardian style Inn is situated in the heart of Lady Grey and has a spectacular view of the Witteberg. It offers warm, old fashioned hospitality to all who wish to be close to nature and ... More Info
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Lady Grey Reviews
Would repeat vist and stay for longer!
- John Moses
Being our first tour to the Lady Grey area, the biggest impact was the neatness of the school childre. Lady Grey is lovely and picturesque. The best biltong ever eaten and the pies are just as unique. Obviously, the most beautiful church is the center of attraction.
- Rick dos santos
The quaint town of Lady Grey is a pleasant stop. The meandering trail up Joubert's Pass is well worth the spectacular views down the valley.
- Lillian Hirzel
A lovely little town. Will visit again.
- Marita van der Sluys
Lovely clean, little town.
- deryck eddy