Fort Beaufort Tourist Information

The fresh invigorating mountain air, blue sky days, living the good life. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, village and cultural tours and so much more.

The region is rich with talented artists and crafters creating a unique variety of products which are exhibited and sold at the Alice Curio Shop and other towns in the area.

Dutch Reformed Mission Church It was completed in 1845 under the direction of William Thomson. Since then, it has often been at the centre of racial and theological controversy, unlike other churches in the Fort Beaufort area and served an exclusively white congregation.

Andrew Geddes BainOriginally from Scotland, Andrew Geddes Bain was a road engineer who built many roads in South Afri

Fort Fordyce is the site of one of the greatest Xhosa victories in their battle for dignity and recognition of nationhood and therefore occupies a special place in South Africaʼs Heritage.

This became the first church in South Africa in which a “Kaffir” received Holy Communion in the company of white believers.

Founded towards the end of the Wars of Land Dispossession, Healdtown is an extraordinary example of the healing process of reconciliation. In 1848 when Methodist minister Rev.

Dating back to 1830, the officer's mess is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Beaufort. After the Wars of Land Dispossession, the building was converted and became the Fort Beaufort Secondary School.

Built in 1849, the Officersʼ Quarters are next to the old U-shaped Military Hospital. Designed by Captain J.E. Walpole of the Royal Engineers, it was erected shortly before the 7th War of Land Dispossession.

In 1837 the construction of the road to connect Grahamstown with Fort Beaufort and Post Retief commenced. Named after Queen Victoria, the bridgeʼs foundation stone was laid in 1840. The bridge, designed by Major CJ Selwyn, was completed in 1843.