Summer days are only a few weeks away, and that means it's time to start planning for your December holiday. With the Eastern Cape being known for its many famous holiday destinations from the Garden Route to the much loved Addo Elephant Park and the beautiful Wild Coast it only makes sense to plan your holiday at this beautiful province.
The best part about planning your holiday in advance is finding hidden gems, with the Eastern Cape being a popular holiday destination, many people still don't know about the many hidden gems throughout the province, and that's what we'll be focusing on in this month's edition of our Agri EC blog.
Sit back relax and enjoy the ride as we take you across the #HomeOfLegends, showing you some of the small-town hidden gems.
Amabele Entombi Mountain – Cofimvaba
Located only 35km away from the small town of Cofimvaba, on the R61 is a beautiful sight on your left as you drive towards Ngcobo.
This is where you find Amabele Entombi Mountain one of the unknown gems of the Ntsika Yethu Municipality.
Borrowing its name from its shape (maiden's breast) Amabele Entombi Mountain is one destination you can't afford to miss out on seeing.
The locals here are welcoming always and sometimes allow travellers to park cars in their yard as they go hiking on Amabele Entombi. The best part about Amabele Entombi is the scenic and picturesque views from the top of this mountain. Here you can see the beautiful and green landscape while taking selfies with your mates. The journey to the top is equally memorable as you get to chat with some of the locals and get to have a feel of their lifestyle and traditions, and if you are lucky this December you might even walk past a home with umgidi (A celebration of young men coming of age) and be invited in for some fresh meat and umqombothi. So, get your hiking shoes and camera, because Amabele Entombi Mountain is calling your name.
Double Mouth Nature Reserve
If you are looking for a seaside escape filled with beautiful scenery, then this pristine coastal nature reserve is just where you need to be these December holidays. Boasting some of South Africa's most picturesque campsites, Double Mouth Nature Reserve is one of the Eastern Cape's hidden adventures calling your name.
It is here where two rivers meet in a pristine estuary, which carves a single course through forested dunes to the sea. Just beyond Double Mouth Nature Reserve, you find Bead Beach (Treasure Beach); this the site of a 16th-century Portuguese shipwreck, where Carnelian Beads, Money Cowries and shards of broken Ming Porcelain can be found. Here you and your travelling party can do some treasure hunting to pass the time or even have a seaside picnic as you watch the sunset.
Fly Fishing, a picnic and good times, if this sounds like your kind of fun then Mabheleni Dam is the place to visit. Located on the R61 to Ngcobo only 42km from Mthatha you will find this hidden treasure of the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality.
The Mabheleni Dam is not only the place to visit during December, with events like immensely popular Transkei Trout Open taking place at the dam every October, this spot is an all year adventure waiting to be discovered. A farm close by is responsible for stocking the Mabheleni and for the Trout Open, fish are marked and released into the water for competitors to catch. A visit to the dam makes for a wonderful day trip from Mthatha. There are guards at the entrance which means you don’t have to worry about your safety.
Simply pack a picnic basket and enjoy this pristine spot, where the water is crystal clear. No open fires are allowed, but you can braai in one of the designated areas.
That’s where we leave it for this month, we’d love to hear from you about places around the Eastern Cape that you’ll be visiting this December.