Molo Makana / Welcome to Makana

The City of Grahamstown/Makhanda together with the nearby towns of Alicedale and Riebeek East and the quaint villages of Fort Brown, Salem, Seven Fountains and Sidbury make up the Makana Municipality in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

This region also forms part of the popular Frontier Country route - so named because it was literally the 19th century frontier between the British Cape Colony and the Xhosa territories.  It was the scene of first contact, cultural clashes, confusion and, inevitably, conflict.  Much of what happened here set the tone for South Africa's turbulent multi-cultural history.

Fast gaining in popularity, our small part of the world offers visitors easy access to the unspoilt beaches of the Sunshine Coast and premier game reserves in a malaria -and bilharzia-free environment. View the Big 5, enjoy our spectacularly rugged scenery, immerse yourself in our rich history and enjoy our warm hospitality!

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Creativate Digital Arts...Creativate is landing in Makhanda this June/July with a...
Stay and eat your way through...Kerry Hayes checked out the region, and was blown away by...
To a tee: 12 of the Eastern...South Africa is known for its excellent golf courses, and...
More Top Shows Revealed for...The 45th National Arts Festival is set for June and the...
Six Steps To a Hassle-free...It’s almost 100 days until the start of the 45th...
We've got this!Letter from Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts...
The South African Who Gave...There are not many South Africans who have been honoured by...
The Student Pilgrimage to...Every Rhodes student has, at least, once done the...

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Grahamstown/Makhanda Map

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Grahamstown Map and Info Guide (pdf - 5.17mb)

Makana Tourism Areas

Grahamstown and Frontier Country including Alicedale, Fort Brown, Riebeek East, Salem, Seven Fountains, & Sidbury.

Latest Events

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13th National Grahamstown Music CompetitionOpening Concert with Catherine Foxcroft (piano),...Wednesday, 19th June 2019
13th Annual National Grahamstown Music CompetitionThis year's competition has once again attracted...Thursday, 20th June 2019 to Saturday, 22nd June 2019
U3A LectureTerence Bellingan from the Albany Museum will...Thursday, 20th June 2019
Winter Solstice, Polar Plunge and International Yoga Day21 June is a great day to celebrate not only the...Friday, 21st June 2019
Book Launch - Children of HopeAuthor Sandra Rowoldt Shell will be discussing...Tuesday, 25th June 2019
National Arts FestivalThe annual National Arts Festival in Makhanda...Thursday, 27th June 2019 to Sunday, 7th July 2019

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