Cathcart, Hogsback and Bathurst tend to be small inland towns that are often overlooked. Bearing in mind their historical charm, breath-taking natural beauty and easy access, this is a big mistake! The town however, has become very popular with the gliding fraternity where thermal air currents allow limitless soaring.
The area boasts a number of beautiful wild flowers, some of them found nowhere else in the world and provides plenty of outdoor activities for visitors such as hiking, horse riding, mountain biking while the dams are well stocked with Bass for eager fishermen. The area is unquestionably some of the most beautiful landscape of our country and on a clear day, residents say you can see as far as the Drankensberg Mountains.
A variety of accommodation is available in the area including B&B’s, Guest Houses, self-catering units and camping and backpacking facilities.
Things to do and see
- Ferndale 4X4 Trail
- Mpofu Nature Reserve
- Hogsback Pass
- Thomas River Historical Village
- Gliding, Hiking & Mountain Biking
- Fishing & Birdwatching
- Cathcart Golf Course
Cathcart receives approximately 736 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 18˚C.
This pleasant rural centre was named after Sir George Cathcart, governor of the Cape from 1852 to 1854. Sir Cathcart is remembered for his somewhat abortive second major European-led invasion of the Sotho kingdom, during which his supreme arrogance came up against a formidable force in the form of Moshoeshoe and his men.
It was originally a military strong-hold.
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