King William’s Town might be a small, rural town, but it is the administrative capital of the Eastern Cape and thus is the business hub in this area. It’s also considered one of the most interesting towns to visit in this province.
The town is renowned for its quaint and historic stone buildings, many of which date back to the Frontier Wars.
If you are visiting King William’s Town as a tourist, the Amatole Museum is a must visit! It boasts the world’s largest collection of mammals, including the body of the legendary Huberta, the hippo who walked more than 1500 km from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape in the early 1900’s. The town is also the resting place of Steve Biko, the then leader of the Black Consciousness movement.
His grave can be found in the Ginsberg Cemetery, which is now a Garden of Remembrance. The legendary Nelson Mandela also hails from the Eastern Cape area and you are now able to follow the Nelson Mandela Route from King William’s Town to Mthatha, home to the Nelson Mandela museum.
King William’s Town is also worth visiting simply for its natural beauty. The Eastern Cape Rooikrans, Maden and Laing Dams are nearby which are fantastic sites for fishing and all kinds of water sports. The Cape Amatola mountain hiking routes also start in this area, making King William’s Town an ideal overnight base. The King William’s Town Golf Club is also worth a try if you’re a golfing enthusiast.