Molteno, Amatola

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Molteno, Amatola

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Regarded as the coldest town in South Africa and home to Ouma rusks and the Stormberg biltong factory, the little farming village of Molteno lies north west of Hofmeyr, roughly 13 kilometres from the town of Stormberg - where the famous Battle of Stormberg was fought in December 1899 - and not far off the N6 in the heart of the Stormberg Mountain range.

Molteno is one of the towns within the vicinity of the country's only ski resort, Tiffendal and, because of its record winter temperatures, promises the excitement of snow in winter in a country and region almost completely associated with sunshine, arid countryside and the passionate heat of summer.

It also has one of the oldest railway stations in South Africa, officially reopened in late 2007 after being closed due to disrepair; the area around town offers ample opportunity to view rock paintings, fossils and stone age implements uncovered in caves and diggings close to Molteno; and three extinct volcanoes in the vicinity add to the suggestion that perhaps this little unheard of town is worth more than just a cursory glance.

The town's history goes back to the time of its founding in 1874, after coal was discovered in the area. It gets its name from the then Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, Sir John Molteno, but it is interesting to note that its other namesake in Italy, is a commune in the region of Lombardy just 35 kilometres north east of Milan.

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average visitor rating: 3/5"Charming little village. Molteno is quaint, albeit very chilly. We visited the ski resort - ..." - Kim, Barkly East

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Commando Drift Nature Reserve

The 6 000 hectare Commando Drift Nature Reserve lies roughly 60 km north of Cradock on the road to Tarkastad. At its heart is the Commando Drift Dam, fed by four rivers. On what is essentially a mixture of Karoo veld and recovering grasslands, after years of overgrazing, you will find ... more information

Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance

Bantu Steven Biko, one of the most recognised leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement, is regarded as one of the greatest martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Born in the township of Ginsberg just outside King William’s Town, Steve Biko was to die whilst in police custody in 1977, after being held ... more information

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Bamboeshoek 4x4 Trail

Where: Molteno
How much (per person): Price on request

Just a short drive from the town of Molteno in the Eastern Cape you’ll find yourself at the Bamboeshoek 4x4 Trail, buckle down and prepare f ... more information

Ouma Rusks Factory

Where: Molteno
How much (per person): Price on request

Ouma Rusks are one of South Africa’s most beloved (and now world-famous) products, now exported to South African communities all over the wo ... more information

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