Geography and History
Bathurst is situated about 12 kilometers inland from Port Alfred, on the R67, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
Many of the original settler houses and other buildings in Bathurst have been preserved, and there remains much of the look and feel of an English village of the early 19th Century. The Pig and Whistle, at the heart of the village, is reputedly the oldest existent pub in the country. Later accommodation was added and it became known as the Bathurst Inn. Legend has it that it was nicknamed "The Pig & Whistle" by the men at the nearby 43 Air School in WWII.
While time has moved slowly in Bathurst, there is an increasing population of artists, and retirees who have chosen to live in this tranquil environment.
Bathurst is home to many species of animals, birds and plants. The reserve offers hiking trails, picnic spots and a remarkable viewpoint of the river and valley. The surrounding area hosts pineapple farms, game reserves and cattle and sheep ranches. I t is a 10 minute drive to the beach town of Port Alfred.
The Horsebend and Water's Meeting Reserve: There is an outstanding view of bush covered valleys where the Kowie River loops in a horse shoe.In 1825 wool from the Settlers sheep was being used to make coarse cloth. And1835 the 3rd storey was added and corn milling began. It is now restored and is a National Monument.
Bathurst offers a variety of accommodation options. There are also a number of guest farms in the area.
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