For a town with only a few thousand residents, revolving around a single, busy street corner, Bathurst has a surprising amount to do. We spent nearly three days there and didn’t even get to everything. Here are ten activities we enjoyed — more than enough to fill a busy long weekend.
Bathurst village is situated in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is just over 10 kilometres inland from Port Alfred and administered by the Ndlambe municipality. Bathurst is a quaint and quirky village with much to see and do for both outdoor adventurers and people wanting to experience the best of what eastern cape has to offer. With many great restaurants, pubs, shops and historical sites, Bathurst will keep you busy and make you smile. Like the local Bathurstians say: ” There is no thirst like Bathurst.”
It’s a village not a town.
So say residents of Bathurst, a magnet for the creative and curious located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, approximately 12 kilometers from Port Alfred. Residents are proud of the eccentricity of their town. Or village.
“You’ve got to have certain things to be a town, like a bank and full-time doctor, and we don’t have any of that,” says one longtime resident who gives her name only as Mrs. Lens.
What Bathurst does have is a history dating to the early 1820s, a long and entertaining main street and a pub with delicious food that’s also a motel. CNN.com
Halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London, Bathurst is a short 10 minutes from Port Alfred, with it’s fabulous beaches, restaurants, shops and the popular Royal Port Alfred Golf Course.
Seeped in the history of the Eastern Cape’s tumultuous past and personifying the essence of the brave and hardy English Settlers which while giving it a distinctly English rural feeling, it’s beautiful indigenous trees such as the giant wild fig trees and the brilliantly coloured Coral trees which predominate remind one that this is still Africa. Today Bathurst brings together the past and the present, being the hub of one of the largest pineapple growing areas in South Africa. Source
For a town with only a few thousand residents, revolving around a single, busy street corner, Bathurst has a surprising amount to do. We spent nearly three days there and didn’t even get to everything. Here are ten activities we enjoyed — more than enough to fill a busy long weekend. 2summers.net