Bisho and King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Bish and King Williams Town.

Bisho means 'Buffalo' in Xhosa, and is the capital of the Eastern Cape, but seems to be dominated by the nearby King Williamstown. The towns are virtually one, with King Williamstown situated only a few kilometres away. Bisho was named after the song by Ben Tyazashe, who wrote of his longing for his home, Bisho, his name for King Williamstown.

Bisho is situated just 3 kilometres from King Williamstown and its major structures include government buildings, a hotel and casino complex, a branch of the University of Fort Hare, and a sports stadium. The nearest airport is situated 56 kilometres away in East London. Hiking is excellent in Bisho in the Amatola Mountains, covered by age old forests.

King Williamstown is a town of interesting old buildings and is home to the Kaffrarian Museum. This museum has a display of the legendary Hippo called Huberta who went walkabout from her original home in northern KwaZulu-Natal. She got as far as King Williamstown before being shot by a trigger-happy farmer.

For the more serious traveler, a place of great interest will be the grave and home of Steve Bhiko, one of the more notable Apartheid era liberation struggle martyrs. This trip is best done with a highly knowledgeable guide; otherwise much of the meaning may be lost.

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