Discover secrets of Eastern Cape’s hidden gems

The fifth in our six-part Dispatch Everest Adventure series during which, with the help of a Ford Everest 4×2 from Eastern Cape Motors, we explore different regions of the Eastern Cape. This week the team explore the wonderful mountain regions of Rhodes and Lady Grey. Words by Zipo-zenkosi Ncokazi. Pictures: Alan Eason

A tour guide once told me that it is both important and rewarding to be a tourist in your own city and province first.

He said the Eastern Cape is full of hidden gems – sleepy towns that hold history and character.

Thanks to the Dispatch Everest Adventure I got to experience this small town magic when the team visited Lady Grey and Rhodes (no, not the university but a village neatly set on our province’s highlands.)

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The first thing that captures your attention as you head towards Lady Grey from East London via Queenstown then Aliwal North is the beautiful mountain views. The southern part of the Drakensberg – the Witteberg – run through the Senqu municipal area which includes Lady Grey and Rhodes.

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Other towns within this municipality include Barkly East, Sterkspruit and Rossouw.

Driving in that region your view is of majestic mountains and wide open spaces occassionally broken up with a winding river; definitely a nature lover’s dream.

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