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King Williams Town started as a mission station back in 1834 and is one of the most history-laden towns of the Eastern Cape with a wonderful multitude of activities to enjoy. Just 50km outside of East London, King Williams town is also in close proximity to Bisho and Umtata – the area Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki both hail from. King Williams Town boasts a strong heritage with its many beautiful stone buildings strongly reminiscent of the Frontier Wars as well as a number of interesting museums all depicting the town’s colourful history and impressive cultural legacy. Top museums to visit here includes the magnificent Amathole Museum, which pays fantastic homage to the mammals of Africa with an exhibition said to be the biggest of its kind on the continent, while another must-visit museum houses the body of a hippo named Huberta who walked a staggering 1500km from the province of KZN to the Eastern Cape during the early 1900s. Another popular attraction is the Nelson Mandela Route that starts from King Williams Town and heads towards Umtata and the insightful Nelson Mandela Museum. For all of King Williams Town’s history and heritage, it has also been blessed with immense beauty and picturesque scenery casting an idyllic and soothing atmosphere throughout the area. To fully enjoy these natural pleasures head for the nearby Rooikrans and Maden Dams where a number of fun-filled water sports are on offer, or the 100km Amathole Hiking Trail which proves to be challenging as well as adventurous for the avid hiker. Golf lovers need not worry as the King Williams Town Golf Course is a terrific green on which you can indulge your passion for your favourite game.
Self Catering places can be found from rural to urban areas and can vary in what they offer. They allow plenty freedom and is a great inexpensive way to spend your holiday. They have been widely classified as a “Home away from home”. This is a good option for guests who don’t mind cooking their own food, and are looking for a more independent and flexible form of accommodation. For budget and large families, we would recommend self-catering for a more personalised experience.