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If you’re ready to get away from it all and need the perfect destination to escape to, then the tiny town of Stutterheim near East London in the Eastern Cape is a terrific venue. Though it is small in stature, Stutterheim is known to be picturesque and lovely, boasting an enviable location and friendly hospitality. Camping here is one of the favoured pastimes as looking up at a starry, unpolluted sky is a genuine pleasure not found in many parts of the country anymore.
The copious amounts of annual rain here have sculpted the landscape into a lush, fertile paradise teeming with greenery and many indigenous types of flora. As nature is so abundant, most people who visit Stutterheim want to be outdoors enjoying the many magnificent activities on offer namely bass and trout fishing, hiking, picnicking, bike riding trails, and of course bird watching - which proves to be very rewarding. Stutterheim, though, is not just about the best of Mother Nature – it has in recent years reached international acclaim through its community project known as the Stutterheim Miracle.
In essence, the Stutterheim Miracle has focused on bringing reconciliation to the town after the segregation brought about by Apartheid in South Africa. The successful project has helped the community in the key areas of development and community building, while the creators of the project – The Stutterheim Development Foundation – have presented their unique, but effective case study to various groups around the world. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from or how many resources you have at your disposal; if you want to really make a difference it is always possible. The tiny Eastern Cape town of Stutterheim proves that.