Travel & Stay


Hospitality Guide

Where to sleep, where to eat, where to play, how to get there, who to call – everything you could possibly need to know about visiting Grahamstown at Festival time is in our 2017 Hospitality Brochure [PDF].  


Our 2017 Hospitality Brochure includes loads of accommodation options – from university res accommodation and school hostels to B&Bs and self-catering houses. All establishments run independently of the Festival. 

Getting to Grahamstown

We suggest booking your flights early. SAA, British Airways, Mango, Kulula and Safair all have flights into PE (or East London). You’ll then have to either hire a car to make the pleasant 120km journey to Grahamstown, or arrange a shuttle (see below). Grahamstown is also accessible by scheduled coach services. Consult a travel agent for details.

Getting around Grahamstown

 An extensive ‘hop-on hop-off’ service operates between all the main venues across Grahamstown during the Festival. The Festival Hopper is free but a R5 tip for the driver would be greatly appreciated! There are also numerous cab and travel services available – see the 2017 Hospitality Brochure for options.

Intercity shuttles

An airport shuttle service will operate a bus service between Grahamstown and PE Airport (last flight 20:00). Single fare R300; return fare R600. Prior booking is essential. Call 0860 002 004.  

Car Hire

AVISBUDGET Car Hire is the Festival’s preferred car rental company. Their sponsorship of some of the vehicles for Festival use is gratefully acknowledged. Contact Marco at Go Travel Grahamstown 046 622 8233 /5 or  for a competitive AvisBudget Car rental rate.
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.
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