“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”
From – F – Franschhoek, last week, we have travelled 815 km to Grahamstown by road.
What’s in a name? Nicknamed “The city of Saints”, Grahamstown was founded in 1812 as a military outpost by Lieutenant-Colonel John Graham. The British influence again; this time during the Xhosa wars. Grahamstown has more forts to visit than any other city in South Africa.
But why then the city of saints? Because it’s the home to 52 churches today? or an older source of the nick name goes like this……………………
“It is said that, in about 1846, there were Royal Engineers stationed in Grahamstown who were in need of building tools. They sent a message to Cape Town requesting a vice to be forwarded to them from the Ordnance Stores. A reply came back, ‘Buy vice locally’. The response was, ‘No vice in Grahamstown'”
The City of Saints!
Rhodes University is one of the largest industries in Grahamstown with approximately 5000 students and 1200 staff members. The Grahamstown campus is graced with lovely grounds, an abundance of sports facilities offering an ideal physical environment for studying.
Rhodes University has six faculties, namely: Commerce, Education, Humanities, Law, Pharmacy, and Science.
So what shall we do if we visit? The Oservatory Museum, is a must.
It houses one of only two Victorian Cameras Obscura in the world – the other is in Bath, England – with a magical mirror that reflects the town onto a large circular table.
Grahamstown set in frontier country, is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa, with unspoilt and spectacular scenery.
If you are one of those people who associate Africa with wild life, then you too are in luck, the Shamwari Game Reserve is popular for excellent game-viewing, which include the Big Five.
Another game reserve not too far from Grahamstown is the Kwandwe Private Game reserve, promising an experience of a lifetime in the African sunshine, with excellent game viewing.
And if you are just looking for a Great holiday and a Good rest, this looks like the place to be!
White puffy clouds drifting by in the sky as you lounge by the pool until sunset when dinner is served.
More next week!
This is part of Jenny’s Alphabe Thursday A-Z challenge.