- Eastern Cape
Game Reserve Country
Paterson is a small town that lies in the foothills of the Zuurberg Mountains and in the heart of the Eastern Cape Game Reserve country.
For city slickers looking for a bushveld escape, Paterson is an easy one hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth and the perfect stopover before entering one of the Reserves, Farms or Parks. Look out for its six grain silos, a significant landmark against the skyline, otherwise dominated by thicket.
The bushveld here supports a larger number of insects, birds and animals than any other on earth, so it is no surprise that the area draws many nature lovers in search of a bush holiday. Day and night game drives ensure guests can experience the sheer beauty of this magnificent part of the world, its beautiful silence and star-studded night skies.
Patterson is surrounded by eight of the most renowned private game reserves and National Parks. Other accommodation in and around Paterson includes some B&B’s and self-catering establishments.
Things to do and see
- Paterson Dutch Reformed Church
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Shamwari Game Reserve
- Alexandria Dunefield
- Olifantskop Pass
- Nanaga Farm Stall
Paterson receives approximately 462 mm of rain annually with rainfall occurring throughout the year.
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 6˚C and 22˚C.
The town is named after its founder John Paterson. The village was laid out in 1879 at Sand Flats railway station.
The first Paterson to become a railwayman was James, who joined the Cape Government Railways as a clerk at Port Elizabeth in 1882. Four generations and 180 cumulative years of Paterson railway service later, the fourth generation (and sixth member) of the Paterson family joined what was by then SA Transport Services in Johannesburg. During 1962, Sandflats railway station was eventually also named "Paterson"
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