Nestled between the picturesque mountains of the Southern Drakensberg, between Lady Grey and Elliot in the North Eastern Cape, this small town has a lot to offer the passing tourist or holiday-maker.
The Barkly East Reporter, established in 1886 – one of the oldest country newspapers, publish a weekly newspaper featuring local and neibouring town's news and events. The museum tells of Barkly East's rich historical background. Township tours are still in their infancy. Potentially this could become a great attraction. Magic Moments Crafts & Gift shop offers hours of browsing through handmade goodies. Craft workshops by prior arrangement.
If flyfishing is your passion - Barkly East's Langkloof Rivier is the place to be! Wild trout of over 10 pounds being caught in crystal clear rivers. Float-tubing is welcomed in the well-stocked town dam about 2km from town. The Barkly East Angling Society was established in 1932 making it the oldest in the Eastern Cape.
Birdlife is very plentiful with a birdlist of ± 230 recorded species. Other outdoor activities include a 9 Hole Golf Course, Squash, Tennis and Bowls.
For the nature lover, the district roads will lead you to exceptional scenic places. There are some exceptional Rock Art sites in the area. A unique “reverse” railway line is the only such line in the world.
We look forward to your visit to our friendly town!