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Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Carros Guesthouse & Game Farm
This guesthouse is situated on a third generation farm. It was originally used for dairy farming, but later became a yog...

Casa Mia
Casa Mia offers: Secure off-street parking; En-suite double rooms with luxurious linen and towelling, complemen...

Eagles Ridge Country House
Eagles Ridge Country House offers comfortable accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Facilities: A restaurant serv...

Hornbills Forest Cottages
Want to experience nature at her best?  Hornbills Forest Getaway offers the perfect retreat for a comfortable stay...

Wattle Chop Accommodation
This piece of land was bought in 1983 and completely covered by alien wattle trees. It had been cleared over the years a...

Xhologha Country Lodge
Xhologha Country Lodge is situated just 5km out of Stutterheim on the N6 highway in the heart of the Amatola experience,...

The Shire Eco Lodge
The Shire Eco Lodge is situated 6km outside Stutterheim, bordering the indigenous Xholora forest. This facility offers...

The Croft Guest Cottages
These cottages are nestled at the foot of the Amatola mountains and borders the Kologha Forest. Activities: Mountain...

Elundini Backpackers
If you're after an African experience, Elundini Backpackers is a must for anyone travelling through the Hogsback area....


Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Forestway Outdoor Education Centre
Forestway is situated on the edge of an indigenous forest - closer to ancient trees one cannot get! Forestway is an Out...

Hillside Horse Trails
Hillside Horse Trials is situated at the foot of the Amatola Mountains.  They offer: Horse trails; Stables; an...

Hornbills Forest Fairy Trail
This property is also home to the Hornbills Forest Getaway that offers beautiful accommodation. The Fairy Trail runs in...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Free Wings Art Studio
Free Wings is a fully equipped ceramic studio that offers a wide variety of art courses. In this studio, all the student...


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Located at the foot of the Amathole Mountains, the Escape Route includes the town of Stutterheim, commonly referred to as the hidden jewel of the Amathole Mountain range. Stutterheim is located 75km from East London just off the N6 highway in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.

The area has much to offer including a wide range of adventure and cultural attractions, arts and crafts and scenic landscapes.

Reasons to visit:

Stutterheim boasts the second largest indigenous forest in South Africa, the Kologha Forest. The Kologha Foresat offer visitors picturesque picnic spot and well sign posted and scenic walks of varying lengths and difficulty. A timber boardwalk with wheelchair access has been constructed in the forest to everyone to experience the forest.

In addition to the natural scenery and climate, Stutterheim offers a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Since the route is located around the Amathole Mountains popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering and 4x4 trails. Water sports such as sailing, trout and bass fishing can be enjoyed at the Gubu Dam or Wriggleswade Dam, while birders can spot the endangered Cape Parrot among other interesting birdlife.

The Rock Art Museum offers rock art tours while the Stutterheim Stationary Engine Museum has one of the largest collections of restored stationary engines in South Africa. For those interested in local culture, visits can be arranged to the Mgwali Cultural Xhosa Village or art lovers can check out local art at Eagles Ridge, or buy locally-produced silverware and raku pottery.

Accommodation ranges from rustic camping to luxury hotels and there is also a variety of restaurants on offer in the area.

Buffs Marathon
When: Watch this space for next year's dates
Where: Stutterheim
Contact Person: Kerryn Newey / Brendan Langley
Mob:  +27 83 215 8749 (Kerryn) / +27 83 409 6494 (Brendan)

Runners can enter for the 42.2km or 21.1km marathon and half marathon, or for the 10km or 5km Trail Run.


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South Africa - Eastern Cape

South Africa - Eastern Cape

This area has so much to offer and many stories to tell with a range of adventure and cultural attractions as well as unique arts and crafts.

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Key Contacts

Stan Dougmore

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