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3-day British Settler Historical Tour begins in Port Elizabeth explaining the history of how British Settlers sailed into the bay where they were housed in military tents – before departing for the Albany District. Listen to the the hardships they faced as they trekked into the unknown and the difficulties of transition from civilisation to living in the bush.
We start off with a short City Settler Tour to hear about the landing of the 1820 Settlers and allocations and dispatching of the Settlers to their allotments in the Albany District. We also visit the Donkin Reserve, the Fort, No 7 Castle Hill Museum and the first Settler home in Port Elizabeth.
On our way out of town we drive to Zwartkopz Wagendrift, the first stop of the wagon trains as they made their way to their allotments in Albany, This is where the Settlers’ wagon train crossed the river and experienced their first “braai” (meat cooked on the open fire).
We head East the same as the Settlers did 200 years ago, closely following their route and stop at Nanaga (a San name for a plant prolific in the area). This is a lovely shop and restaurant for our lunch stop (own account).
After lunch we depart for the first Settler home, Sidbury Park, built for the Daniell Family, an independent Settler family and the first successful sheep farmer in the area. We listen to the history of this family before we continue to Assegaai Bush and Melville Park in the Seven Fountains Village, which is another stop (outspan) of the wagon trains and where each party split to trek to the various areas and allotments. We travel to Grahamstown where many Settlers travelled to and settled.
Overnight: The Cockhouse or similar BB
After breakfast we visit the Albany Museum (if researching genealogy can also visit Cory Library and the Historian). If possible and I know before time, will then visit allotment of ancestors.
We take a drive through the beautiful Heritage Settler Town of Grahamstown with all its beautiful Settler buildings and history, before travelling to Bathurst for lunch (own account) at Pig & Whistle Hotel. The Pub was built in 1821 by Thomas Hartley, a blacksmith who came from Nottinghamshire. After lunch there is the option to visit some of the shops in this village.
Overnight: The Pig & Whistle Hotel or similar B&B
We visit the Agricultural Museum, Toposcope, which displays the allocations of the allotments, the oldest unaltered Anglican Church in South Africa, and Bradshaws Mill. We stop for lunch in Port Alfred before we depart for Lombard’s Post, built by the Dutch Settlers but bought by Benjamin Keeton in 1835 – to hear the history of the post and fortified farmhouse, after which we depart for Port Elizabeth – arriving at approximately 17h30.
- Professional Specialist Tourist Guide
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
- 2 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels
- 2 breakfasts
- Entrance fees to Museums mentioned in itinerary
- Meals & Refreshments other than mentioned above
- Entrance Fees and activities not mentioned above
- Porterage and gratuities