The Northern-Eastern Cape is rugged, rural and wild – perfect for all your outdoor adventure needs. With Matatiele as your base, explore parts of the countryside that few are lucky enough to see. The ‘uncommercialised’ vibe matches its laid back, friendly hospitality. This is an ideal ‘off the beaten track’ destination to explore and unwind.

The most scenic route between the Cape and KwaZulu-Natal

The R56 route is a safer, shorter and more scenic alternative to the N2 between KwaZulu-Natal and the Cape, making Matatiele an ideal stop over en route between provinces. Why not stay a while to enjoy trout fishing, the Mehloding Hiking Trail, mountain- and motor-biking, nature reserves and 4x4 routes.

The landscape is of breath-taking grassland foothills and mountains up to 2000m high. The peaks near Ongeluksnek are over 2800m. The area lies in a grassland biome, with extensive wetlands and high- lying sandstone areas, providing a habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna.

A drive along the Ongeluksnek access road west from Matatiele is a treat, with birds galore, spectacular mountain views and, in April, a cosmos show to rival Namaqualand, capped off by a visit to the 104 year old Mariazell Mission.

Your Convenient Stopover

The towns of Mount Frere and Mount Ayliff serve as ideal stopover points for travellers driving between KwaZulu-Natal and the coastal towns of the Eastern Cape. Mount Frere is the larger of the two towns, and both have numerous accommodation options for the traveller. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more convenient spot to rest for the night.

If rural, untapped mountain trails and walks are your passion then spend some time enjoying a hike on foot or mountain-bike up the Ntsiswa Waterfall where, upon reaching the top, a visitor is greeted with a panoramic view of this unspoilt region. This is how you add text.