Winter in the Eastern Cape

A snowy greeting on entering the Eastern Cape

The splendour of the Eastern Highlands

Travelling home to the Eastern Cape from Natal last week we journeyed through a winter wonderland.  The Drakensberg skirting the R56 Matatiele/Mount Fletcher/Maclear route was covered in snow – a scene very different from what a tourist to South Africa would expect – even though it was mid-winter.   This route makes a change from the East London/Umtata one normally taken by folk travelling between the two Provinces.  The scenery is spectacular, the road is less travelled and the condition of the road is good.   Just a very short 2 km patch going through Lady Frere is concrete and a bit uneven – but otherwise it is a joy to drive.   Elliot, Ugie and Maclear offer good stopping off points for a coffee and a break.   These areas all offer wonderful fly fishing, great hiking, plenty of rock art sites, lots of accommodation options and hopefully when Tiffindell re-opens next year a variety of winter sports.

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