Beneath the sandstone cliffs of the Southern Drakensberg, on the banks of the willow-lined Inxu River, lies the small town of Ugie. This sleepy little village is situated in the wild, unspoilt parts of the Eastern Cape between Elliot and Maclear.
Ugie is a quiet and a friendly town with a fair number of interesting attractions so there is no reason why Ugie shouldn’t be on your list of “places I want to see”. Visitors can enjoy visiting the Tractor Museum and Methodist Church for a little history, but it is not necessarily the history that draws people to the town. For one, there is a rather thrilling rock formation known as Gatberg - a breath-taking hole in a mountain wall, and this stunning sight will leave you speechless. For another, Ugie offers some of the best fishing conditions in the country, fly-fishing and dam fishing!
The southern slopes of the Drankenberg is the best place to be during the winter season and Ugie made history when it first snowed in the little town in the Easter Cape, so if you are visiting in winter, be prepared for very cold evenings and days with frost and snow on the surrounding mountains. The town lies close to the popular Tiffendell Ski Resort which is definitely worth the outing with family and friends.
Accommodation in the area includes self-catering cottages, guest houses, B& B’s and camping.
Things to do and see
- Ugie Tractor Museum
- Ugie Methodist Church
- Bastervoetpad Pass
- Naude’s Nek Pass
- Ecowa Hiking Trail
- 4 X 4 Trails
- Cave Trails
- Dinosaur Footprints & Cave Trails
- Skiing at Tiffendell
Ugie receives approximately 751 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 19˚C.
Ugie was developed around the mission station established in 1863 by the Rev. William Murray, a missionary, and named after the Ugie River in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, near Murray's place of birth.
The town was founded in 1885 when land was sold, and it remains an agricultural centre today. An extensive collection of agricultural implements and equipment can be seen in the town’s Tractor Museum.
The district is a centre for sheep and cattle farming.
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