This is a super 3-day tour beginning in Port Elizabeth with a drive around the city Center and then heading out to nearby Settler farms on the way to Grahamstown were some very interesting and fun events are organized.
First night at The Cock House, a beautiful heritage home in Grahamstown then into the hills and special Settler wagon activities and lunch cooked on the open fires, en route to Bathurst where we visit the Toposcope and other Settler places of interest.
On the second night sleep over at The Royal St Andrews Hotel on the Kowie River, a beautiful hotel, a mix of old and new. We visit more Settler sites and a farm before returning to Port Elizabeth.
Day 1 – Friday
Today we start off with a short City Heritage Tour to hear all about the landing of the 1820 Settlers and the 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, the first Settler home in Port Elizabeth and the 1820 Settler Exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Art Museum. We then drive through the town center on the way out of town.
We head East the same as the Settlers did 200 years ago, 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.
After lunch we depart for the first Settler home owned now by the Hart Family but was originally the allotment given to the Slater Settler Family. Here we listen to the history of this family told to us by Roger Hart and after a walkabout in the lovely old farmhouse we enjoy refreshments and muffins. (included in cost)
Leaving this farm behind we move on to Sidbury Park given to the Lieutenant Commander Richard Daniell. His story is different as he came as a Private Party but I will leave it up to the Tour Guide to tell you all about it.
We depart Sidbury Park for Grahamstown and check in to our accommodation for the night
Overnight : The Cockhouse BB or similar
Day 2 – Saturday
After a delicious breakfast we meet our local guide at the 1820 Settler Monument which was built to commemorate these brave folk to came out as pioneers to inhabit the area and afterwards we visit Fort Selwyn then take a leisurely walk through the Botanical Gardens to the Provost Jail for refreshments (own account).
We then take a drive through the beautiful Heritage Settler Town of Grahamstown before we travel to a farm on the way to Bathurst, for lunch, a talk on the Frontier Wars and a Weaponry Display.
After lunch we continue on to Port Alfred stopping on the way, at the Toposcope to see where all the Settler Families were granted land.
Arriving in Port Alfred we check in to our accommodation
Overnight at The Royal St Andrews Hotel BB or similar
Day 3 – Sunday
Today after our breakfast we depart for Bathurst to explore this beautiful little hamlet, which in 1820 was the early administrative center for the British Settlers. We visit the Bathurst Agricultural Museum, the oldest unaltered Anglican Church in South Africa and the Old Mill.
By this time, we are ready for lunch and you can choose either the Pig and Whistle Hotel, the Pub was built in 1821 by Thomas Hartley, a blacksmith who came from Nottinghamshire (which is on the one corner and on the opposite corner The Bistro.
After lunch we depart for Barville Park to hear the most interesting history of the Independent Settler, Col Campbell and his fortified farmhouse, we depart for Port Elizabeth, arriving at approximately 17h30
END OF TOUR
Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
Professional Tourist Guide
2 nights accommodation in 4* hotels
Entrance fees to Museums, Refreshments at Carnarvondale Farm, Lunch; Weaponry Display and Frontier Talk on Farm outside Grahamstown.
Meals & Refreshments other than mentioned above
Entrance Fees and activities not mentioned above
Porterage and gratuities