Eastern Cape

Tarkastad is situated on the banks Tarka River  and lying north of the Winterberg Mountains, between Cradock and Queenstown.  The town is overlooked by Martha and Mary; two peaks which look like two women resting. After the SAN,  the first european farmers settled in Tarkastad in...

This east west dirt road between Patensie and Willomore was built between 1880 and 1890 by South Africa  road engineer, Thomas Bain.  The road is 197 kilometers between the two towns of which 173 kilometers in the park, wilderness area and farmlands to the west.  Smitskraal is 44 kilometers from the eastern gate.

The Groot Kerk or Fourth Kerk was designed along the lines of Salisbury Cathedral in UK and designed by Charles Freeman along Victorian-Gothic lines, and built by Grant and Downie at a cost of 18000 pounds. The building can seat 1500 people and the spire is 45.72m high.

Anyone wanting an experience of incredible beauty should consider chartering a flight from Durban down the Wild Coast to Port St Johns. Better still take a week out and fly to Umngazi Bungalows , leaving Virginia airport and landing at the table top airstrip at Port St Johns. The approach going in to the strip is pure adrenalin with majestic views thrown in.

For the elephant addicts a visit to Addo will be especially rewarding. The park is about an hours drive from Port Elizebeth, ( 72kms), and as such is very convenient for fly-in visitors who can self drive or make arrangements with local operators. The reserve has very comfortable self catering chalets and for those who wish to be catered for the main camp has a good restuarant.