Trees for Our Fu­ture

Arbor Week 2017

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Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices be­fore you can visit the fort.

If you are look­ing for a more in­ter­ac­tive way to learn about the his­tory and cul­ture of East Lon­don, then pen­cil a visit to Khaya La Bantu cul­tural vil­lage into your itin­er­ary. Lo­cated on a work­ing cat­tle ranch about 30 km out­side the city cen­tre, Khaya La Bantu of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the way of life of the lo­cal Xhosa peo­ple.

Once in the vil­lage, guests are treated to a lively per­for­mance of song and dance by the Xhosa res­i­dents. One of the tra­di­tion­ally dressed res­i­dents will then guide you through the main at­trac­tions of the vil­lage, in­clud­ing the kraal where ma­jor meet­ings are con­ducted, rit­ual huts, the traditional healer, and the com­mu­nal kitchen. Guests are then treated to a traditional lunch of pot-baked breads, meat stews, and lo­cal veg­eta­bles ac­com­pa­nied by some more traditional danc­ing. Vis­i­tors can browse the craft cen­tre, and stay at the small guest lodge if they wish to overnight.

One last stop on your un­con­ven­tional tour of East Lon­don has to in­clude a visit to one of the beau­ti­ful game re­serves in the area. If a traditional open sa­fari drive is too tame for you, rent a quad bike at Areena River­side Re­sort, and tear through the wilder­ness on your very own sa­fari ad­ven­ture. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.areenare­sort.com.

Traditional sight-see­ing can be over­rated and un­der­whelm­ing. It is of­ten bet­ter to take the more un­con­ven­tional route and ab­sorb all of what East Lon­don has to of­fer in a way that fills your soul with ex­cite­ment and won­der.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the city, visit www.east­lon­don.org.za.

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