The small town of Adelaide lies on the R63 between Bedford and Fort Beaufort, nestled at the foot of the Winterberg Mountain which is the highest peak in the Amatola Range.

The quaint Eastern Cape town is steeped in history and its streets are lined with beautiful historic homes, churches and monuments. The large towns square, more of a small island, has trees, gardens and public offices and is definitely worth exploring. Sightseeing in the town is a great way to begin a visit in Adelaide.

The town's Heritage Museum houses exhibits which not only tell the story of the settlers but includes mid-19th Century English and Dutch furniture, glass, silverware and ceramics.

Adelaide offers many activities in the area which includes game farms, rock art, game reserves, hiking and mountain biking trails. The countryside is a naturalist's delight with a rich diversity of flora and fauna and excellent bird watching. For further things to do, neighbouring towns such as Bedford, Somerset East, Hogsback and Grahamstown are all only 30 minutes to 90 minutes away.

Adelaide offers a few Guest Houses and B&B’s in the area by way of accommodation.

Things to do and see

  • Our Heritage Museum
  • Silverbrook Farm MTB Trail
  • Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve
  • Butterflies, Birds Eggs & Lithops, Bedford
  • Bedford Cycle Safari
  • Bushman Sands Golf Course

Climate

Adelaide receives approximately 369 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Autumn and Winter.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 19˚C.

Transport

There are daily flights into East London Airport, approximately 176 km’s away via the R63. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.

History

The area was first inhabited by the San (Bushman), estimated between 1530 and 1760. The British introduced Settlers into the region in the 1820’s and in 1834, a Captain Armstrong established a large military encampment in the area, which he named Fort Adelaide after the wife of King William IV.

The farming community was predominantly Boer but after many left to join the Great Trek there was an influx of Scottish settlers and it was them that first erected a church in the area. Adelaide gradually attained municipal status in 1896.

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