About Barkly East

Barkly East is situated in Northern Ukhahlamba, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Eastern Cape DestinationsBarkly East, Northern Ukhahlamba

Barkly East, sometimes spelt Barkley East, lies nestled amongst the majestic mountains of the southern Drakensberg, between the villages of Lady Grey and Elliot. One of the highest lying towns in the country, elevated at about 5800 feet above sea level, it stands to reason that snow fall, that lovingly decks surrounding mountain tops at the very least, is almost guaranteed during winter. It is one of the main draw cards to the area and the reason that Barkly East is known as the Switzerland of South Africa.

The beautiful green valleys of this part of the world, surrounded by picturesque, rugged mountains, form the backdrop for a thriving sheep-farming industry. With its obvious scenic advantages, Barkly East also offers excellent trout fishing in sparkling mountain streams. There are some fine examples of San art in surrounding caves, and a breathtaking series of wildflowers, that seem always to be in season. These attract an array of birds that include the yellow breasted pipit, ground woodpecker and bearded vulture.

Township tours, the Barkly East museum, which packs in the town’s rich historical background, some wonderful hiking trails, and the chance of snow, are all good reasons to visit. If snowflakes fail to fall in the town itself, Tiffindell Alpine retreat is a wonderful escape throughout the year - children can bum board, and in summer there is a series of other activities that include grass skiing, mountain boarding, for the extreme sports’ enthusiasts, horse riding and mountain biking.

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Millerd Mountain Lodge

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Millerd Mountain Lodge

Millerd Mountain Lodge is an original farmhouse that has been renovated into a lovely self catering home just 36km ... more

Millerd Mountain Cottage

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Millerd Mountain Cottage

Nestled below the majestic Avoca Peak lies a tranquil cottage situated next to a fresh water stream flowing in from the ... more

Reedsdell Country Guest Farm

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Reedsdell Country Guest Farm

Set in the picturesque Witteberg mountain range, the southwestern spur of the Drakensberg, 1100 ha of pristine mountain ... more

Reviews of Barkly East

My husband and I went to Barkley East to take a break from all the stress of Johannesburg. It was so absolutely beautiful and epaceful and we were happy...

Sarah Richardson, Johannesburg

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