Cradled at the foot of the Bedford mountain, this charming Settler village is fondly regarded as the “˜jewel’ of the Eastern Cape. Lying on the fringes of the Karoo Heartland and Frontier Country, Bedford is just a 2-hour drive from Port Elizabeth, East London and Graaf-Reinet and a mere 50 minutes from Grahamstown.
The area is renowned for its game, beef, merino and mohair production – thanks to nutrient-rich grasslands.
Tucked up against the Kaggaberg (’striped mountain’) with its magnificent indigenous forest, the village shares the benefits of the mountain’s temperate micro-climate.
Quiet, tree-lined streets and large gardens are a feature of the older part of town. This is a gardener’s paradise and an increasing number of people in town and township grow their own vegetables.
For more than a decade, the annual Bedford Garden Festival has been held in October. Visitors from all over the country return year after year to visit gardens, to relax and to enjoy our country lifestyle. Open gardens in our township are a popular feature of the programme.
The South African Rosarium (the national collection of old roses) is open to visitors all year.
With its majestic mountains, crystal clear air, green valleys and abundant natural wildlife, Bedford is ideally situated for a wide variety of tourist activities.
For the sports enthusiast, Bedford has a wide range of sporting opportunities available. These include horse trails, photographic safaris, para-sailing, bird watching, hiking, road & mountain biking, Bass fishing, hunting – trophy, venison or sport, game viewing as well as tennis, bowls, cricket, soccer, rugby, snooker, bridge and a 9-hole golf course. The Mill Cricket Club, which once was an old flour mill, is one of the oldest cricket pitches in the Eastern Cape but arguably is the most beautiful!
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