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Friday 29 May 2015
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Eastern Cape Attractions - Amatole (Central) Region

In 1828, the Glasgow Missionary Society founded a mission station near the Didima Mountain Range. The station was named after Robert Balfour, the society’s first secretary. Throughout the nine Frontier Wars, the town experienced some heavy fighting but peace has long since reigned and today tobacco, citrus, wool and beef farming are practised in the area.

History And Architecture

Anglican Church: The stately Anglican Church has exquisite architectural features and is well worth a visit.

Fort Armstrong: The fort was built at the end of the Sixth Frontier War in 1835 and was designed to withstand any form of attack. The fort was overrun by Khoi-Khoi during the Eighth Frontier War and much of it was destroyed.

Post Retief: The site lies on the banks of the Koonap River on Piet Retief’s farm, 25km west of the town. In the 1830s, Retief was one of the leaders of the Great Trek. He and many of his followers were massacred in 1837 by the impis of the Zulu Chief Dingane.

Tidbury Toll Hotel: This hotel used to be a tollhouse.

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