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Fun things to do in and around Grahamstow­n after Grad


Want to do something different while you're in Grahamstow­n for Graduation, without spending too much money? Here are some awesome things to do in the area, courtesy of Makana Tourism.

Walk Grahamstow­n.

There are four walks you can do on your own without a guide. Makana Tourism: 046 622 3241. Brochure available for R5.

This is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. You can find one on the Southwell Road off the R67 outside our city, and several around Rhodes University’s campus.

Go geocaching. Everyone loves Paintball!

Looking for a fun paintballi­ng party for kids and adults in Grahamstow­n? Gungho Bikes and Paintball are the people to contact: 084 446 2426.

Take a load off and buy a beer!

Did you know that Feathersto­ne Breweries has just launched a special beer made for one of Grahamstow­n’s favourite eateries, Casa de Loco? El Burro is available there from the end of March.

Visit Bradshaw’s Mill and see the restored water wheel. Bookings 076 294 6516.

Escape to Bathurst. Laze on a beach before winter arrives.

The blue flag beaches at Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea are the best! Go diving at Nelson Mandela Bay, or surfing at St Francis Bay which offers some of the best waves in the country – not to mention watching whales and dolphins there too.

Into mountain bike racing?

The Nanaga MTB Race takes place on 23 April and offers 30km, 15km and 5km routes. Go to traveladve­ntures. for more informatio­n and to book.

Experience a river cruise on the Sundays River Ferry and explore the renowned Alexandria/Colchester dune fields. Tel: 041 468 0140.

Catch a Ferry.

Adrenalin Addo will take your bookings for the longest double zipline experience in Africa. Tel: 078 911 1619.

Go ziplining.

The Great Fish Point lighthouse near Port Alfred, at a height of only 9m, is one of South Africa’s smallest working lighthouse­s. Tel: 021 449 2400. The Donkin lighthouse in Port Elizabeth provides wonderful views of the city and serves as a tourist office. Tel: 041 582 2575.

Visit a Lighthouse. Traditiona­l Market.

Visit the traditiona­l Njoli mar- ket in New Brighton for fresh veggies and a vibrant atmosphere. Tel: 041 583 2030.

The SAMREC marine bird rehabilita­tion centre in the Cape Recife Reserve allows visitors to learn more about caring for injured birds. Tel: 041 583 1830.

See penguins.

Chill out at the ice rink at Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth. Tel: 041 492 0330.

Learn to skate. Walk the labyrinth at Hogsback.

Reputed to be one of the largest of its kind, it is similar to the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. The walk to the centre and out again is around 1.4km. Tel: 045 962 1159. Or contact Hogsback Adventures for mountain biking, bicycling, abseiling and archery. Tel: 074 721 4885.

Additional sources: TravelStar­ and Getaway Magazine Photo: Sue Maclennan Photo: Sue Maclennan

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Hogsback is one of the many beautiful areas on Grahamstow­n’s doorstep.
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Bradshaw’s Mill in Bathurst.
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