Travel and Stay

Accommodation guide

For a comprehensive guide on accommodation in Grahamstown during the Festival and a full list of places to stay and contact numbers, download this document (PDF) which is an extract of the Acommodation section in our 2013 programme. Some of the detail may not be relevant for 2014, but it is a good starting point.

Booking forms

To book accommodation in the Rhodes residences, the Rhodes Festival Hotel or various High Schools in Grahamstown, or to book Intercity Transport from Port Elizabeth airport to Grahamstown, download the forms which will be available here from May 2013.

Travel Packages

If you’d like to go it alone, we suggest booking your flights into Port Elizabeth early (British Airways, 1Time, Kulula, and SA Express all have flights into the city). To get to Grahamstown, either book a car and make the pleasant 120km journey through the magnificent Eastern Cape, or book an intercity transfer with us using the booking forms mentioned above.


There are loads of accommodation options in Grahamstown – from University res accommodation, school hostels, B&Bs and self-catering houses. All the contact information and booking details is contained in our booking kit which will be available from May.

Air travel

SAA, British Airways, 1time or all fly to Port Elizabeth. Bookings can be made through any ASATA travel agent or on the respective airlines’ websites.

Intercity transport

A Festival transport system to and from Grahamstown meets flights at Port Elizabeth Airport (except flights after 20:00)  NB: Booking is essential.

We also operate shuttles between Grahamstown and nearby Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea.


Avis car hire

AVIS is the Festival’s exclusive car rental company for 2012. Their sponsorship of some of the vehicles for Festival use is gratefully acknowledged. For special Avis Festival rates please click here to book, alternatively contact Tony at Avis Grahamstown on 082 650 2235 or email:

To qualify for special Festival rates on van and 4X4 rentals please call Central Reservations on 0861 424 424 and quote ZX

Festival Hopper

We will be operating an extensive “hop on hop off” service around Grahamstown during the Festival, enabling you to move to all the main venues across town. Each journey costs R5 from any point to any point. A quick-call taxi service is also available, at a flat rate of R30 per journey.

Luxury Game Lodges

The Eastern Cape boasts some of the best game lodges in the country – featuring spectacular scenery and the Big Five. Some lodges close to Grahamstown offer special rates to Festival goers. Check out the specials at Kichaka Private Game Lodge.