Geography and History
The small town of Adelaide lies at the foot of the Winterberg, which is the highest peak in the Amatola Range in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Adelaide lies in a part of the Eastern Cape that is rich in history due to the confluence of South Africa's three main population groups. The San ("Bushmen") were the original inhabitants of South Africa and far beyond. A hunter-gatherer way of life has meant that they have left little in the way of artifacts. They are best remembered for their wonderfully natural record of wildlife in their rock art of which there is a fine legacy in the district. With the coming of the black Bantu speaking people from the east and the white Afrikaans speaking people from the west, the San were displaced northwards, never to return.
The graceful churches and monuments while the large "square" - actually more of an island - with its trees, gardens and the municipal offices, makes a fine centre piece to the town.
For a glimpse of the traditions, culture and way of life of the Xhosa people, one can visit the township taverns and shebeens to sample traditional cooking, watch the dancing and perhaps purchase traditional beadwork and arts and crafts at reasonable prices.
Wit Adelaide lying so close to the Winterberg Mountains and their associated foothills, there are various spectacular scenic drives to be enjoyed. Mountain biking is very popular and the Winterberg Mountain Bike Race takes place every year in October. Rock climbers can do their thing at Fort Fordyce.
There is no shortage of 4x4 trails, cycling routes, game viewing, bass and trout fishing and hiking trails.
The countryside is a naturalist's delight with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and excellent bird watching.
Step back in time and see frontier battlefield sites and military graves, historic forts, old mills, a settler church and Our Heritage Museum set in spacious grounds and housed in the erstwhile D.R.C. “Pastorie”.
Adelaide enjoys mild spring, moderate summer, crisp, dry winter with warm autumn days.
Accommodation is available in a good, comfortable country hotel or several attractive B&B establishments are available, all of which offer warm hospitality.
Photos and information courtesy of Adelaide Tourism.
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