Stutterheim

StutterheimStutterheim situated on the N.6 Highway, is a small town at the foot of the Kologha mountains, part of the Amathole mountain range in the Eastern Cape Province. This is also the region in the country where Nelson Mandela was born at Qunu not far away. Stutterheim is blessed with abundant natural beauty of surrounding dams, hills, indigenous forests, farmland and forestry area’s and peaceful daily life, enjoyed in abundant sunshine for most of the year, makes it ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, fishermen, birders and campers.

Established as a missionary station in 1837, Stutterheim has since grown into a community of 30000. The town’s primary industries are the surrounding farming and forestry area’s and associated industries such as sawmilling. The Amathole area is alive with history – from colonial forts and battlefields to the myths and legends of the Xhosa culture, like King Sandile, the Xhosa chief who died in the last of the nine Frontier Wars (1878). Walk in the lush indigenous forests; see the Samango monkeys, the rare Cape Parrots, the foaming waterfalls. Visit the Engine Museum and the Dohne Agricultural Research Institute with its Merino sheep. The sea – and unique riverport city of East London and the vibrant town of King Williamstown are with easy driving distance.

Dreamcatcher has two Homestays in Stutterheim. Both Homestay Annemaria and Homestay Neliswa live in the community where their comfortable homestays are to be found and home from home cooking, local treats and viby drumming and music are the order of the day. One of our charming Kamammas has recently taken ill and we are hoping that she will return to run her Homestay. Annemarie and Neliswa are both closely involved in the community on a day to day basis which ranges from serving on the local hospital advisory committee, to youth sports, creche – and centre for those with physical challenges and local development committees. Dreamcatcher has five community projects where visitors can engage via our Dreamcatchers with the locals.