Day 2, 3 and 4
The picturesque village of Bedford will again be opening its beautiful gardens to the public during its annual Garden Festival.
Cradled at the foot of the Kagaberg, this charming Settler village, fondly regarded as the ‘jewel’ of the Eastern Cape, is a mere 2-hours drive from Port Elizabeth, East London and Graaff-Reinet and just over 50 minutes from Grahamstown and Cradock.
The festival offers visitors exceptional opportunities to see various botanical varieties at their peak as well as meeting a host of friendly folk and fascinating characters.
Gardens will be open daily from 8am to 6pm from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 October. A nominal entrance fee will be charged. Various venues in and around town will be open for light meals and other refreshments.
We will take a detour to the Country Fair:- Deli items, biltong, gardenalia, bath & body and culinary products, hand-crafted gifts, jewellery, fresh produce, potted lavenders and other herbs as well as loads of interesting and delicious goodies are just some of the items that will be on sale.
We shall enjoy mixing with the locals over a traditional braai and a cold beer or glass of wine. Teas & Coffees with a range of cakes will also be available.
We can view fine art of wild-life artist Frans Mulder in the stables at De Kleine Maastrom and local artist David Khoury at the Art & Craft Gallery in town.
Bedford is renowned for its beautiful heritage roses. For the avid gardener, there will a wide variety of Heritage Rose cultivars available for purchase…such as Mutabalis – with its multi-coloured pink to apricot flowers and the dark pink Zepherine Drouhin.
For historical buffs, there’s a wealth of history to explore in the area. Our churches and many of our buildings and houses are wonderful examples of early architecture.
Spring comes early to this area of the Eastern Cape and October is the prime month for viewing the unique landscaping and the wonderfully-picturesque settings of the extensive farm and town gardens.
Visitors can stroll through masses of roses, daylilies, hydrangeas and hellebores and other plant varieties or wander across emerald green lawns to discover some hidden garden treasure – a water feature or a fascinating plant. There are more than 24 splendid town and farm gardens to choose from.
The diverse landscape in and around Bedford serves to illustrate the variety of sightseeing and other adventures awaiting the visitor. From the indigenous forested mountains of the Winterberg through the verdant and tranquil beauty of the Cowie River Valley and on up to the Baviaans River Valley, with its majestic mountains, clear blue streams and abundant natural wildlife, you’ll find something special to pique your interest. Visitors should keep a lookout for the Fallow Deer – often found wandering our streets at night and sometime even seen catching a nap on the local bank steps – as well as other buck species. Birding enthusiasts will be thrilled at the large amount of bird life in the area – which include a large number of birds of prey. So bring your binoculars!
After breakfast we depart for our return trip to Port Elizabeth, drop off at the PE Airport.
Detailed itinerary available on request
Rate subject to change due to fuel prices
(from ZAR 6990 per person sharing DBB and entrance fees included)
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