Welcome to Mo’s top picks of things to do in Makhanda and the surrounding areas. Shaped by its focus on education and its association with law courts, the town exudes a distinct character of warm hospitality and a strong sense of community spirit. This makes it a welcoming destination for travelers seeking cultural enrichment and modern comforts. For those arriving from distant locales, Makhanda is conveniently situated: a mere 135 km from Port Elizabeth Airport and 165 km from East London Airport, ensuring a hassle-free journey to and from your desired destinations.

A meal at Major Frasers

Indulge in a delectable meal at Major Fraser's, a lively craft bar and eatery. You'll discover a mouthwatering selection of wood-fired pizzas, kick-ass burgers, and fresh, hearty salads. With an extensive selection of local craft beers, wines, and gins, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Belmont Golf Course

Grab your clubs and head over to Belmont Golf Course for a round of golf at the 18-hole championship course, driving range, and putting green. Set against a backdrop of Century-old Oak Trees, the Kowie River, mountains, and farms, the meticulously maintained greens will test your skills and provide a rewarding golfing experience.

Kenton - on - Sea

Just a short and pleasant 35-minute drive from Makhanda, you'll find the sunny seaside town of Kenton-on-Sea. This picturesque holiday village holds a special place in the hearts of South Africans, cherished as the perfect destination for the entire family, where you can soak up the sun, enjoy the beach, and take in the area's stunning natural beauty.

Opposite the Arch

Opposite the Arch offers boutique shops with a wide selection of unique and luxurious clothing and gifts that are sourced both locally and from around the world. You're sure to find the perfect present for someone special. For a touch of luxury, treat yourself to a manicure at Serenity, a top-rated salon renowned for its exceptional service and attention to detail.

Stay In

During winter, snuggle up beside the crackling fire at 8A and enjoy a bottle of wine.

Camp Figtree

Embark on an unforgettable day trip to Camp Figtree in the Addo Elephant National Park. Arrive in time for an early lunch and an afternoon game drive, departing at 2 pm. Prepare to be captivated by awe-inspiring views, sumptuous food, excellent hospitality, and majestic elephants.

The Barista

Whether it's a cup on the run, a business meeting, or a catch-up with friends, pop into The Barista for a delicious coffee and slice of carrot cake!

For the Nature Lovers

Within a comfortable one-hour drive from 8A, you'll discover many awe-inspiring Eastern Cape game and safari reserves that promise fantastic wildlife encounters. From the renowned Kariega, Sibuya, Shamwari, and Pumba reserves to the captivating Kichaka, Amakhala, Addo Elephant Park, and Kwandwe, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

St Andrews College

For the sports fans, catch a rugby match on Lower Field at St. Andrew's College, followed by a drink at The Highlander. This beloved local tradition never fails to deliver an unforgettable experience.