Located approximately 40km northwest of Grahamstown lies the small village of Riebeek East. Affectionately considered a “town that time forgot”, it is a relatively undisturbed area known for its astonishing vistas of the surrounding scrub-covered hills. Officially established in 1842, this quaint spot was originally named Riebeek, but this was later changed to Riebeek East in order to avoid being confused with Riebeeck West, located in the Western Cape.
Explore Riebeek East
- The Riebeek East skyline is recognisable by the local church steeple. The building itself encapsulates the village’s history and houses the province’s largest church clock. This church remains the religious and social centre of the village and is a pleasure to visit.
- Visit the Mooimeisiesfontein farmhouse, the home of Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief which is one of SA’s National heritage sites.
- Riebeek East provides convenient access to Grahamstown, known as the City of Saints because it is home to over 40 religious buildings. Being so close to Grahamstown means that residents also have the opportunity to frequent the artistic and cultural events that attract people from all over South Africa.
- If you’re looking to take a step back in time, head out on a tour of the area’s archaeological sites, the rock art here is spectacular.
- Riebeek East is also located a short distance from Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park, so if it’s big game you’re after, this is the perfect spot to explore from.
Info courtesy of Pam Golding Real Estate