Adelaide, Amatola

Lying just south of the Winterberg Mountains, seeped in settler history, Adelaide is a charming little town some 37 kilometres from Fort Beaufort - one of the largest towns in the area that also happens to boast one of the finest Victorian barracks outside of the UK.

The tree-lined streets of Adelaide are lined with beautiful historic homes, churches and monuments whilst the large ‘square’ with its trees, gardens and public offices - more of an island than a square - sets the tone for the little historic town, definitely worth further exploration. Adelaide’s main attraction is its setting. It lies right in the heart of eco-tourist heaven. There are no fewer than six distinct biomes in the surrounding countryside; there is a spectacularly rich bird life, fine examples of rock art, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, and access to a number of game reserves and game farms.

Whilst its history is a series of occupations that began with the Boers - who together with black Bantu speaking people rapidly displaced the San - and ended with Scottish settlers sent to establish a presence in the Mankanzana River valley; today Adelaide is predominantly a beef, mutton, wool and citrus farming district.

The Winterberg Mountains and foothills provide numerous scenic drives, mountain biking - the Winterberg Mountain Bike Race takes place every October - and hiking opportunities. Rock climbers can head off to Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve where three sectors - the fever ward, the labour ward and more mojo - lie along the rim of a huge forested amphitheatre.

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We are outdoor nuts and will choose a destination based solely on the outdoor activities on offer. Adelaide was perfect for our family. The town is quiet and small, but its history makes it interesting. The Winterberg mountains around the town were where we spent most of our time - cycling, hiking, walking, etc. It was spectacular.

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