The small town of Stutterheim lies at the foot of the Kologha Mountains, an outcrop of the Amatola range. The magnificent beauty of its surroundings is full of forests, mountains, rivers and
Near to Stutterheim is the Gubu Dam, reached by a magnificent forest drive. The crystal clear water of the Gubu Dam is full
of brown trout. The dam is surrounded with easy day walks.
Activities in and around Stutterheim include: Guests visit to
- Mgwali Village, experience Xhosa traditio
- horse riding (horses may be hired)
- hiking - there are several walks from the Kologha picnic site
- two day hiking trail from the Isidenge Forest Station
On a recent business trip to Stutterheim - Eastern Cape, our company
(involved in the timber industry), chose the The Manderson Hotel and Conference
Centre in Stutterheim as the venue for our annual conference. This 3 star
Stutterheim hotel seems geared towards accommodating guests for seminars, and
their facilities are well equipped with everything that 'whistles and blows.'
Situated about 70km from East London, the small scenic town of Stutterheim lies
at the foot of the Kologha mountains. It offers a lot more than we anticipated,
and on a day off we all enjoyed a walk along one of the many picturesque hiking
trails in the Amatola mountains. We ended the day on the Manderson Hotel's wooden
deck.....loved the view, and fresh trout (caught from the Gubu Dam).
The hotel's pub was in the Amatola Conference Room where I learned from the
locals that Stutterheim is most definitely a great place for a visit, and I plan
to return with my family. Stutterheim is only a 40 minute drive from East London
and the family would most definitely enjoy the hiking, biking and fishing, as
well as visits to Stutterheim's Thomas River Historical Village, the Stutterheim
Engine Museum, and the Mgwali Village - where one can experience true Xhosa
On Saturday before our return trip to East London, I woke up at "sparrows" for a
hack around the Stutterheim Country Club - an interesting little rural golf
course in the country....and loved it. A beer at the 19th hole and a snack at
the The Stutt Country Club kitchen went down like a house on fire.
My thanks to Stutterheim's Manderson Hotel and Conference Centre for the great
accommodation, good food and hospitality.
PS. On my return I will be sure to investigate the Stutterheim Guest Houses as
well as the self catering accommodation in Stutterheim. Driving through the
suburb clearly shows plenty of Stutterheim Bed and Breakfast accommodation
options which is also great if you are a rep stopping off for the night