Tourist Attractions Areas

RAYMOND MHLABA MUNICIPALITY - A TOURIST DESTINATION AREA OF CHOICE

TOURISM BROCHURE

Bedford is a small town tucked against the Kagaberg (part of the Winterberg range). The

areas history dates way back to the days of the hunter gatherers who left their paintings in

remote rock shelters. It is a small community that has gained an excellent reputation for

seasonal events where the emphasis is on personal service and warm country hospitality

rather than large numbers. It is a vibrant town with stylish facilities and friendly fun-loving

people who create events that draw visitors to return again and again from far and wide.

Thanks to the facilities at the newly-developed Duke of Bedford Inn, the town is now a

popular choice for conferences and for weddings.

 

Adelaide's origins date back to 1835 when a British officer,Captain Alexander Boswell

Armstrong established a military encampment which he named Fort Adelaide after the wife

of King William IV. Despite the earlier English settlers, later a large number of Scottish and

Afrikaans people arrived. The Scottish were the first to erect a church in the area.

Adelaide is an important centre of wool and sheep farming. Beef, mutton, venison and citrus

are important industries with a specialised abbatoir for venison operating centrally

providing much needed employment to the local residents.

 

FORT BEAUFORT - Once British fortifications were built, the area became the centre of the majority of the

conflicts that took place between the British and the Xhosa during the 8th War of Land

Dispossession from 1850 to 1853.

The settlement started out as a mission station, established in 1816 by Reverend Joseph

Williams of the London Missionary Society. Three years later, Lord Charles Somerset,

Governor of the Cape Colony, used the site to meet Chief Ngqika, Maqoma's father, in an effort

to find mutually agreeable ways to stop the ongoing cattle thefts from white farmers by the

Xhosa. No agreement was reached and the British established an military post in the form of a

blockhouse about 3 miles away from the mission station in 1822. The post was named Fort

Beaufort in honour of the Duke of Beaufort, one of Somerset's relations.

 

HEALDTOWN - Founded towards the end of the Wars of Land Dispossession, Healdtown is an extraordinary

example of the healing process of reconciliation. In 1848 when Methodist minister Rev. John

Ayliff united the black people in the Fort Beaufort area that had been scattered by the wars to

live together in one place, he bridged both geographical and cultural divides.

The school became one of the largest and most influential schools in Southern Africa, drawing

students from as far afield as Kenya, Zaire, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. By 1934 students

from 36 different areas, representing 28 different cultures, were being housed and educated.

The name Healdtown was chosen in honour of Sir James Heald, a British merchant who gave

generously to the Methodist Church, specifically for the founding of the mission station in Fort

Beaufort.It has produced political and academic giants, such as: John Jabavu, Dr Seetsile Modiri

Molema, Dr Zola Skweyiya, Dr Nelson Mandela, Silas Nkanunu, Govan Mbeki and many others.

 

Alice has been home to people like Z.K. Matthews and his children, DDT Jabavu, King

Sobhuza, Robert Mugabe, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Anton Lembede,

Robert Sobukwe, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Quett Masire, Kaiser Matanzima, Thabo

Mbeki, the assassinated Secretary General of SACP, Chris Hani and many others. Most of

those mentioned were taught by Prof Z.K. Matthews at Fort Hare and people like Thabo

Mbeki and Chris Hani were influenced and shaped by his thinking whilst they were students

at Lovedale College.

HOGSBACK - Maybe this quaint little village was named after Captain Hogg, the commander of Fort Michel

near Tordoone, or perhaps after the shape of the mountain peaks nearby. Whatever the

reason, it only adds to the mystical feeling surrounding this beautiful, ethereal place of

mountains, forests and waterfalls.

 

RAYMOND MHLABA ACCREDITED TOURIST GUIDES

We proudly recommend our accredited tour guides to conduct tours for our visitors

in Raymond Mhlaba, be it walking tours, historical tours, township tours or cultural

tours. Please contact the following guides for all your tours in Raymond Mhlaba.

Sibongile Peter

072 402 7128

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Nomakhaya George

074 900 0638

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Siyabulela Masiza

083 487 1498

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Shirley Qhinga

081 057 5638

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