Start your road trip at Oak Lodge for a weekend to remember!
Wednesday, 9th June 2021
Oak Lodge is a 3- star bed and breakfast that is about 3.1 km from Settlers Monument. Parking and security will be the least of your worries because Oak Lodge has private parking and a night porter to ensure the cleanliness and added security at the Bed and Breakfast. While enjoying your stay, you have free access to Wi-Fi and can also use the conference rooms for business activities and even social gathering with friends!
Here are some ideas to plan your weekend itinerary:
Arriving in Makhanda: Expect an easy trip into Makhanda. Flights operating into Gqeberha/Port Elizabeth (130km from Makhanda) include: Airlink, British Airways and SAFAIR. It’s advisable to book early and take advantage of the best discounts and seats. There are various shuttles services that operate between Makhanda and Gqeberha/Port Elizabeth. Contact Oak Lodge Reception for more information on 046 622 9123.
Checking in: You can check into the Lodge anytime from 2pm. Should you arrive later than expected, no worries! Oak Lodge has a dedicated night porter to assist you with checking in.
The first meal of the day: The Oak Lodge offers a scrumptious English breakfast to start off your day with a bang.
Places to visit: Tours can be arranged from Oak Lodge to many local attractions such as the Settlers Dam, Makana Botanical Gardens, museums, heritage sites and a multitude of malaria-free game parks and nature reserves, some with Big Five safaris such as Temba Private Game Reserve. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3bPGdPR
To wind down from the morning activities: Take a hike up to Mountain Drive, an 8 km dirt/gravel road and family friendly trail located near Makhanda and thereafter take a stroll to the Astronomical Toposcope on Gunfire Hill in front of the 1820 Settlers’ National Monument. It shows the cardinal points and positions for the rising of certain constellations.
Alternatively, visit the Manley Flats Community Trails for an afternoon of nature walk trail running and cycling. The trails are open every day throughout the year. Day fees are R30 per person (R15 for children) and a year fee with unlimited use is R100 per person. All income derived from the Manley Flats Community Trails are directed to their local community. Therefore, your money helps to feed their elderly and children. For more information, you can contact the Manley Flats Community Trails on 072 151 0519 or visit their Facebook Page.
Scenic spots for sundowners and places to eat: To wrap up the day, enjoy sundowners at the beautiful and trendy Major Fraser’ www.oppositethearch.co.za/major-frasers or take a drive to the Belmont Golf Club, one of the most scenic spots just 7kms out of Makhanda. It is located on the Belmont Valley Road with the most awesome views. For more information contact: 082 807 3234 or visit www.facebook.com/belmontgolf and www.facebook.com/belmontgolf.
You can have dinner and enjoy after dinner entertainment at the Graham Hotel’s Pothole and Donkey Restaurant and Cocktail Bar which is famous for its pizzas and pasta, tasty cocktails and live entertainment.
Things to do online: Other fun things to do during your weekend is to shop for arts and crafts made from Makana at a mere touch of a browser! Visit the local virtual market, TRADE at Home. You can safely purchase edibles, home-made crafts, photography, art and so much more from the comfort of your room using the Facebook Group, Trade at Home. If you aren't already part of this Facebook group, pop over to TRADE at Home by searching for the virtual market’s group name: TRADEatHome on Facebook and join up.