Chris Hani region
The Chris Hani region lies at the heart of the Eastern Cape. The region is named after assassinated freedom fighter Chris Hani. The district is characterized by a changing landscape that slopes down from the southern Drakensberg Mountains and crosses the eastern grasslands to the Karoo.
The majority of its people speak isiXhosa. The seat of the district is Queenstown. The major towns in this region are Cradock, Middelburg, Queenstown, Elliot and Cofimvaba.
Tourists will be treated to zebras, aloes, game farms, mohair, heritage and real hospitality! Game reserves, rock art, fossils, farm stays, heritage and agriculture are what you can expect when you visit this region.
– the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, one of South Africa’s great conservation success stories.
– the town of Cradock has the Olive Schreiner House (former home of the renowned author of Story of an African Farm), the Dutch Reformed Church (built as a replica of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields in London) and the beautifully restored 19th century artisan cottages, the Tuishuise.
– the longest known gallery of San rock paintings in South Africa exists on the Denorbin farm between Barkly East and Elliot.
– the Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery in Queenstown displays one woman’s lifework in the form of intricate shell sculptures.