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Activities in East Griqualand, Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

East Griqualand is in the south-eastern corner of Kwa-Zulu Natal – the region made famous in his book “Cry the Beloved Country”

o    Birding: East Griqualand offers the professional and amateur ornithologist 333 recorded species to identify. Take a leisurely farm walk or stand motionless beside a wetland and view one of the largest remaining wattled crane populations in South Africa. Or visit Franklin Vlei and try spotting the White Winged Flufftail. Visit Matatiele Mountain Lake and see if you can be one of the few people to have seen Rudd's Lark. Birding lists available from the Information Office.
o    Golf: Matatiele and Kokstad are home to two beautiful but very different golf courses. Matatiele boast the cheapest golf, while Kokstad offers the only 18-hole course.
o    Flyfishing: Matatiele has stocked Mountain Lake with rainbow trout and you need not be a member to try your luck there. They are busy building a fully equipped self-catered unit alongside the lake.  Hopewell Flyfishing Club near Swartberg controls a 116-acre dam where large trout are often caught. Many farmers have private dams that they have stocked. Some have accommodation on the property while others have accommodation nearby. Advisable to check before booking.
o    Paragliding: Soar from the top of sheer cliff faces that drop straight to flat farmland below. With no obstruction in your flight path and no hindrance to your landing, East Griqualand offers the most spectacular paragliding destinations. Spend time gliding from the Bokkiesberg, your only companions being black eagles.
o    4x4 Adventure: There are three "official" 4x4 trails at present with more being planned. Thule Rustlers Route is a private pass right up to the Lesotho Border. Built by farmers in an effort to curb stock theft, this is not for the amateur. Rising to 2537- m over a series of plateaux and steep cuttings, you can book the pass through the Information Office. Minimum of two vehicles per trip. All funds received for the use of the pass are used for the upkeep and eventual extension of the pass. An enterprising farmer outside Kokstad has over 100 km of trails. This encompasses all aspects of 4x4'ing.
o    Misty Mountains in the Mvenyane Range outside Cedarville is where your adventure starts the moment you leave the tar road. The district road takes you on a switchback ride, ever deeper into the mountains, until at last you reach Henwood Farm. There you begin the second phase of your adventure that covers 26-km. and can take up to 3 hours to complete (one way).
o    Die Kroon, is short but steep. Rising from the floor of the Cedarville Flat 8-km into the Bokkiesberg, you will need willpower to keep going. A fully equipped self-catered thatched unit is at presently nearing completion. Also offers a two-day hiking trail, horse riding, trout and bass fishing.

There are numerous clubs scattered throughout the area. Polo, bowls tennis, squash, football, rugby and many more. All welcome visitors. BJAct

Contct:            Lesley Emmerson-Scheel
+27 (39) 747 9077 telephone
+27 (39) 747 9076 fax
+27 (82) 809 9720 cell

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Last update: 2014-05-11 23:18
Author: Alan McIver
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