Middelburg, Eastern Cape – Tourism Editorial
Middelburg Tourism • Tel/Fax: 049 842 2188 • Web: www.middelburgec.co.za
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Discover Your Soul and More in the Heart of the Karoo
Middelburg - Middelburg lies in the middle of all the surrounding towns, approximately 100km from each. Surrounded by Graaff-Reinet, Cradock, Steynsburg, Colesberg, Richmond & Hanover, it is no secret as to where the name "Middelburg" came from. It is also halfway between Johannesberg & Cape Town, as well as between Bloemfontein & Port Elizabeth. The R56 route serves as a gateway between the Western Cape & Kwazulu-Natal Provinces. It is the shortest route between these provinces. The R56 route begins at Middelburg and ends at Kokstad. Towns that you’ll past through are Steynsburg, Molteno, Dordrecht, Ugie, Elliot, Maclear and Matatiele .
The area is recognised for its herbal plant life that grows naturally in the fields, and is also one of the few, and best, places in the world where fossil life have been discovered as well as San Rock Art in caves from the first known human inhabitants, the San Bushmen. Local artists, leather factory, pure woollen products manufacturers, mohair weaving factory and herbalist, all display their products in shops in town.
Accommodation available in a good quality hotel, guesthouses, B & B’s, guest farms, caravan & camping facilities and self-catering units. Accommodation establishments have to meet certain minimum standards, set by the local tourism office & SA Grading council, to ensured good quality.
Historical places and monuments can be visited, some by prior arrangements; for example the Grootfontein Agricultural Institute, previously a British Peace Keeping Camp after the Anglo Boer War, Chair Monument, “Schoombee’s Klip”, Middelburg Cultural History Museum, etc.
An eco adventure mecca with hiking trails, horse riding, quad bike trails, 4x4 routes, white water tubing & -rafting, clay pigeon shooting, archery, abseiling and game viewing.
Excellent cuisine can be enjoyed at the local restaurants & coffee shops.