- Eastern Cape
Despite its tiny size, Hamburg has developed into a popular family holiday resort thanks to its beautiful beach. Once overlooked and passed by, the little town is now well worth visiting for the beautiful unspoilt beaches, an estuary lagoon full of waterbirds, great fishing, oysters and the Hamburg Coastal Nature Reserve.
Hamburg may be sort after for its nature and excellent fishing opportunities, every keen Angler seems to have worked the waters of the Keiskamma River, but it is also home to the Keiskamma Art Project. This certainly is a prestigious attraction on the Sunshine Coast offering epic art pieces involving history story-telling on such a high level that some of the ‘tapestries’ can be seen in permanent displays in museums and art galleries and even in the South African Parliament! Bring some cash to buy beautiful indigenous arts and crafts, particularly beadwork.
Hamburg is only just over an hour away from both East London and Port Alfred which offer excellent attractions for a family day out.
Hamburg is a tiny village but offers a caravan resort and some self-catering accommodation options.
Things to do and see
- Keiskamma River Mouth
- Hiking & Birdwatching
- Fishing & Canoeing
- Keiskamma Art Project
- Kaysers Beach
Hamburg receives approximately 498 mm of rain annually with rainfall occurring throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 9˚C and 20˚C.
As the town’s name suggests, the town was founded by German settlers in 1857.
A group of British-hired German legionnaires, turned farmer, wanted to establish a port at the mouth of the river. The project was frustrated by the silting-up of the harbour and farmers returned to their former roles as soldiers. A second wave of German settlers soon arrived and established the coastal town as a great spot for would-be fishermen.
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