Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Grahamstown is probably best known as the venue for a annual National Arts Festival, generally considered to be an enriching cultural and cerebral celebration. It is also home to the world renowned Rhodes University and many of the country's top schools.
The Grahamstown National Arts Festival lasts for 10 days at the end of June or beginning of July, and brings thousands of people into this quaint little town. Fortunately this event happens during university and school vacations, so residences and dorms can be used as extra accommodation.
But even outside of the festival time, there are numerous other attractions in Grahamstown. There are many museums, like the National English Literacy Museum, the Observatory Museum and the International Library of African Music. Due to the location of the Rhodes University, the town is often bustling with cavorting young students.
The beautiful Cathedral of St Michael and St George dominate the High Street. Within an hour's drove of the city is the excellent Shamwari Game Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park and the newly opened Kwandwe Game Reserve, all offering excellent, malaria free game viewing.