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 2016 Hospitality Brochure [PDF].  


Our 2016 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! Cabs on Call for one to two passengers cost R70 a trip within a 5km radius, and R100 within a 10km radius. To book call 083 658 7991.

Intercity shuttles

The Festival and Blunden Tours 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. Van Rensburg Shuttle Service operates between PE, Grahamstown, Port Alfred and Kenton. Contact 083 654 3242 or

Car Hire

AVISBUDGET Car Hire is the Festival’s preferred car rental company for 2015. 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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