Travel & Stay 2019


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 Makhanda at Festival time can be found in our Hospitality Brochure [PDF]. Still got a question? Check out our FAQs


Our 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 Makhanda

Book your flights early – SAA, British Airways, Mango, Kulula and Safair all fly into PE or East London. You can then either hire a car to make the 120km journey to Makhanda, or arrange a shuttle. While we don’t endorse any one company, local operator Van Rensburg Tours offers good rates. Makhanda is also accessible by coach. Consult a travel agent for details.

Getting around Makhanda

 An extensive ‘hop-on hop-off’ service operates between all the main venues across Makhanda during the Festival. The Festival Hopper is free but a tip for the driver would be greatly appreciated! There are also numerous cab and travel services – including 3-wheel tuk tuks and bike hire options – available. See the Hospitality Brochure for options.
The Eastern Cape boasts some of the best game lodges in the country – featuring spectacular scenery and the Big Five. Some lodges close to Makhanda offer special rates to Festival goers. Take a look at Pumba Private Game Reserve and Gameston Wildlife Retreat

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 +27 46 622 8233 for a competitive AvisBudget Car rental rate.

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