- Lady Grey
Dorp van die Jaar 2012
The small rural village of Lady Grey is situated within the stunningly beautiful, and often snow-capped, Witteberg mountain region near the border of Lesotho. The quaint Victorian style village is considered the best kept secret of the Eastern Cape with overnight visitors tending to linger longer than first expected!
Lady Grey can be entered from Joubert’s Pass, the third highest Pass in South Africa and one of the major draw cards to the town. The area which includes towns like Lady Grey, Barkly East, Elliot and Aliwal North is surrounded by many scenic Passes for visitors to cycle or drive.
Various annual events attract a large number of tourists to Lady Grey, none more so than the Lady Grey Passion Play though, when the Easter Weekend becomes a hive of activity with a cast of characters, a choir, dancers and live visual artists for a period of three days for a unique African production.
Lady Grey attracts visitors not only for its beauty but also for its access to nature – hikes, birds, fly fishing, mountain biking, 4X4 trails, and fine examples of San rock paintings up in the hills, to mention but a few. Visit the Lady Grey Dam via the Joubert’s Pass. It is the centre of a nature Reserve provides good swimming in the rock pool below the dam wall and is a good spot to enjoy a picnic. A natural staircase allows you to scale the wall of the dam.
There is a range of accommodation which includes self-catering cottages, B&B’s, guest houses and camping.
Things to do and see
- NG Church & Museum
- Lady Grey Cemetery
- Baster Voetlaan Pass
- Joubert’s Pass
- Otto du Plessis Pass
- Barkly Pass
- Carlisleshoek Pass
- Carlisleshoek Waterfall
- Lammergeier Hiking trail
- Witteberg Skywalk
- Barkly East Museum
- Aliwal North Hot Springs
Lady Grey receives approximately 608 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 0˚C and 13˚C.
There are daily flights into the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, approximately 269 km’s away via the N6 and the East London Airport, approximately 373 km’s away via the N6. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Lady Grey was established on 30 April 1857, on the small farm Waaihoek. The farm was purchased by the Aliwal North Dutch Reformed Church for the purpose of founding a new congregation.
The village was named after Eliza Lucy Grey, daughter of Sir Richard Spencer and wife of Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape at the time.
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