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 4x2 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...

Clay art escape from poverty

You don’t have to be well-trained to be a fine artist. This is what the Dispatch adventure team learnt when travelling through Port St Johns last month. In the area, along the R61, you will see a number of handmade clay items, among them some very detailed Land Rovers, for sale. The artists we spoke to were three unemployed friends from...

DISPATCH EVEREST ADVENTURE: walk on the wild side

The Eastern Cape is known for its scenic vistas and many of the most spectacular are found along the Wild Coast. Visiting Umngazi River Bungalows, Mbotyi Lodge, Magwa Falls and the tourism-friendly town of Port St Johns, as well as Mkhambathi Reserve, the Dispatch Everest Adventure team were thrilled with all they found. As well as many natural attractions, the team...

Sunny adventure that won’t break bank

A three-day Dispatch Everest Adventure taking in Port Alfred, Bathurst and Grahamstown proves that affordable and enjoyable holiday experiences are to be had without breaking the bank in these financially challenging times. A four-member Daily Dispatch team left East London in the month of May to explore and enjoy what these small towns had to offer to those who were...

De Oude Werf the perfect stop for travellers

Hidden away in Komani suburbia is the bed and breakfast De Oude Werf Guesthouse, which offers comfortable, luxurious accommodation for weary travellers. From the outside, the house is a beautiful old-fashioned structure however once you step inside you are greeted by an assortment of rooms which vary in size but are all furnished with modern trappings. Each room has a flat-screen...

Edge Mountain Retreat offers majestic views and tranquillity

If you're looking for accommodation which offers both practicality and tranquillity, the Edge Mountain Retreat in Hogsback is what you need.   Situated in Perry Bar Lane, the retreat offers majestic views of the surrounding forests, cliffs and mountains. We were booked into moderately sized rooms which offered beautiful garden views, tea and coffee-making facilities and a shower. Rooms come with a selection of...

WATCH: Hogsback’s action-packed fantasy realm

Keen for a bit of adventure without leaving the Eastern Cape, a Daily Dispatch reporter and a photographer – armed with a notebook, camera and bucket loads of enthusiasm – took to the road. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaoEpdELTKk Our mission: Hit the N6, pass through Stutterheim, then on to Alice, Hogsback, Seymore, Whittlesea to Komani (formerly Queenstown) and report back on all the excitement and...

Ford takes you to the summit of this Everest

Ford is engaged in an almighty battle with its competitors for the heart and soul of the South African motoring public – the lucrative “bakkie” and SUV markets. On the bakkie front the giant American automaker is well represented by the Ford Ranger, which boasts nearly 40 derivatives and is regularly one of the top sellers in the country. The...