Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, South Africa


19 000 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Hotel, Conferencing & Wedding Venue
Bedrooms: 40
Bathrooms: 40
Showers: 40
Parking: 50
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 3 Star


Stutterheim is a town with a population of 46,730 in South Africa, situated in the Border region of the Eastern Cape province. It is named after Richard Von Stutterheim.


The area's earliest human population were BushmenKhoikhoi groups roamed the area with their cattle before Xhosa groups moved in during the mid-17th century CE. Missionaries arrived in the area in the 1830s from the Berlin Missionary Society, followed by German settlers from the 1850s, and further waves of English colonists later on.

The town was originally named for Baron Richard Carl Gustav Ludwig Wilhelm Julius von Stutterheim, who became a major-general in the British Army as the head of the British German Legion and spent eight months in South Africa before returning to Germany. It was later renamed Dohne after the first missionary in the area, Jacob Ludwig Döhne, but in 1857 it was reverted to its previous name, with the name Döhne referring only to a small station nearby. The Cape Colony received a degree of independence in 1872 when Responsible Government was declared and, in 1877, the government of Prime Minister John Molteno began construction of the railway line connecting Stutterheim to East London on the coast. This was officially opened in August 1878, and led to significant growth and economic development in and around the town.

On 20 May 1879 Stutterheim was proclaimed a municipality. Today Stutterheim is part of a much larger municipality named Amahlathi Local Municipality.

Economy and tourism

Due to its fair annual rainfall, Stutterheim is a flourishing forestry centre which includes large pine, gum and wattle plantations that are established on the slopes of the Kologha Mountains. This scenic town is situated about 70 km from East London on the N6 highway to the north. It is the home of many picturesque hiking trails, as well as mountain streams. Nearby Gubu Dam is well-stocked with trout. A number of cattle and sheep stud farms are also to be found in Stutterheim. Wool, beef, dairy and poultry are other central products which the area yields.

Eastern Cape Province

The Eastern Cape is one of the provinces of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are East London and Gqeberha.

The second largest province in the country (at 168,966 km2) after Northern Cape, it was formed in 1994 out of the Xhosa homelands or bantustans of Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province. The central and eastern part of the province is the traditional home of the indigenous Xhosa people. In 1820 this area which was known as the Xhosa Kingdom began to be settled by Europeans who originally came from England and some from Scotland and Ireland.

Since South Africa's early years, many Xhosas believed in Africanism and figures such as Walter Rubusana believed that the rights of Xhosa people and Africans in general, could not be protected unless Africans mobilized and worked together. As a result, the Eastern Cape is home to many anti-apartheid leaders such as Robert SobukweOliver TamboNelson MandelaWalter SisuluWinnie MandelaGovan MbekiAlfred XumaCecilia MakiwaneNoni Jabavu among others. It is also home the then young Thabo MbekiChris HaniBantu HolomisaSteve Biko, musicians Miriam MakebaMadosiniNathiVusi Nova and Zahara as well as historical figures such as Rev. Tiyo SogaSamuel MqhayiMongezi Sifika wa NkomoEnoch Sontonga and Jotello Festiri Soga.


The Eastern Cape as a South African Province came into existence in 1994 and incorporated areas from the former Xhosa homelands of the Transkei and Ciskei, together with what was previously part of the Cape Province. This resulted in several anomalies including the fact that the Province has four supreme courts (in Grahamstown (Makhanda), Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), Bhisho and Mthatha) and had enclaves of KwaZulu-Natal in the province. The latter anomaly has fallen away with amendments to municipal and provincial boundaries.

The Xhosa Kingdom was one of the most powerful kingdoms in Africa and had all states in the Eastern Cape as tributaries. Any group, people or tribe that recognized the Xhosa Kingdom as Paramouncy became Xhosa, practiced Xhosa culture and used isiXhosa as their main language. Some of the tribes that fall under the category of Xhosa people include: AmaMpondo, AbaThembu, AmaMpondomise, AmaHlubi, AmaBhaca, AmaXesibe, AmaBomvana and more.

European settlers

In the late 18th century the Dutch Cape Colony slowly expanded eastwards from its original centre around Cape Town. This led to the establishment in 1786 of the Dutch settlement of Graaff-Reinet – named for the Governor of the Cape Colony Cornelius Jacob van de Graaff (in office: 1785–1791) and for his wife Hester Cornelia van de Graaff (née Reynet). Later, during the Napoleonic wars of 1803–1815, Britain took control of the Cape Colony (1806) and encouraged British citizens to migrate there as a means to boost the British population[citation needed] in the area.

From the early 1800s until the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, the Eastern Cape saw colonisation by British migrants. English settlers established most of the towns, naming them either for places in England or for the original founders. British colonisation saw schools, churches, hospitals, town centres and government buildings built to speed up development. Some of the older European settlements include: Grahamstown (1812), Port Elizabeth (1820), Salem (1820), Bathurst (1820), East London (1836), Paterson (1879), Cradock (1814) and King William's Town.


The population of Eastern Cape Province is 6,562,053, of whom 86.3% are Black, 8.3% are Coloureds, 4.7% are White and 0.4% are Indian/Asian. A large majority of people in the province are Xhosa, with 78.8% of residents in Eastern Cape identifying as Xhosa as of 2011. Unlike most of South Africa the White population is overwhelmingly of British descent. Roughly 90% of White South Africans in Eastern Cape are English-speakers of British descent while only about 10% of Whites in the province are of Boer/Afrikaner ancestry. Eastern Cape is one of only two provinces in South Africa where British descended Whites outnumber Boers/Afrikaners, the other being Kwazulu-NatalPort Elizabeth is the largest city in Eastern Cape Province.


The Eastern Cape gets progressively wetter from west to east. The west is mostly semiarid Karoo, except in the far south, which is temperate rainforest in the Tsitsikamma region. The coast is generally rugged with interspersed beaches. Most of the province is hilly to very mountainous between Graaff-Reinet and Rhodes including the Sneeuberge (English: Snow Mountains), StormbergeWinterberge and Drakensberg (English: Dragon Mountains). The highest point in the province is Ben Macdhui at 3001 m. The east from East London and Queenstown towards the KwaZulu-Natal border – a region known previously as Transkei – is lush grassland on rolling hills, punctuated by deep gorges with intermittent forest.

Eastern Cape has a coast on its east which lines southward, creating shores leading to the south Indian Ocean. In the northeast, it borders Lesotho.


Climate is highly varied. The west is dry with sparse rain during winter or summer, with frosty winters and hot summers. The area Tsitsikamma to Grahamstown receives more precipitation, which is also relatively evenly distributed and temperatures are mild. Further east, rainfall becomes more plentiful and humidity increases, becoming more subtropical along the coast with summer rainfall. The interior can become very cold in winter, with heavy snowfalls occasionally occurring in the mountainous regions between Molteno and Rhodes.


The landscape is extremely diverse. The western interior is largely arid Karoo, while the east is well-watered and green. The Eastern Cape offers a wide array of attractions, including 800 kilometres (500 mi) of untouched and pristine coastline along with beaches, and big-five game viewing in a malaria-free environment.

The Addo Elephant National Park, situated 73 kilometres (45 mi) from Port Elizabeth, was proclaimed in 1931. Its 743 square kilometres (287 sq mi) offers sanctuary to 170 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo and 21 black rhino of the very scarce Kenyan sub-species.

The province is the location of Tiffindell, South Africa's only snow skiing resort, which is situated near the hamlet of Rhodes in the Southern Drakensberg. It is on the slopes of Ben Macdhui, the highest mountain peak in the Eastern Cape 3,001 metres (9,846 ft).

The National Arts Festival, held annually in Grahamstown, is Africa's largest cultural event, offering a choice of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for eleven days the town's population almost doubles, as over 50,000 people flock to the region for a feast of arts, crafts, music and entertainment.

Jeffreys Bay is an area with wild coastline, which is backed by sub-tropical rainforest. The waters here are noted for having good waves for surfing.

Aliwal North, lying on an agricultural plateau on the southern bank of the Orange River, is an inland resort known for its hot springs.

The rugged and unspoiled Wild Coast is a place of spectacular scenery. The coastal areas have been a graveyard for many vessels.

Whittlesea, Eastern Cape, situated in the Amatola Mountains, is known for the first wine estate in the province.

King William's Town, Alice, Queenstown, Grahamstown, Cradock and Fort Beaufort offer some of the best colonial architecture of the 19th century in the province. The two major cities lining the coast are East London and Port Elizabeth.


The Eastern Cape is the poorest province in South Africa and has the highest expanded and official unemployment rate in the country. Subsistence agriculture predominates in the former homelands, resulting in widespread poverty. A multi billion Rand industrial development zone and deep water port are being developed in Coega to boost investment in export-oriented industries. Overall the province only contributes 8% to the national GDP despite making 13.5% of the population. The real GDP of Eastern Cape stands at an estimated R230.3 billion in 2017, making the province the fourth largest regional economy in SA ahead of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.


There is much fertile land in the Eastern Cape, and agriculture remains important. The fertile Langkloof Valley in the southwest has large deciduous fruit orchards. In the Karoo there is widespread sheep farming.

The Alexandria-Makhanda area produces pineapples, chicory and dairy products, while coffee and tea are cultivated at Magwa. People in the former Transkei region are dependent on cattle, maize and sorghum-farming. An olive nursery has been developed in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare to form a nucleus of olive production in the Eastern Cape.

Domestic stock farming is slowly giving way to game farming on large scale. Eco-tourism is resulting in economic benefits, and there is lower risk needed to protect wild, native game against drought, and the natural elements. Habitat loss and poaching pose the greatest problems.

The area around Stutterheim is being cultivated extensively with timber plantations.

The basis of the province's fishing industry is squid, some recreational and commercial fishing for line fish, the collection of marine resources, and access to line-catches of hake.


With three import/export harbours and three airports offering direct flights to the main centres, and an excellent road and rail infrastructure, the province has been earmarked as a key area for growth and economic development in modern South Africa.

The two major industrial centres, Port Elizabeth and East London have well-developed economies based on the automotive industry. General Motors and Volkswagen both have major assembly lines in the Port Elizabeth area, while East London is dominated by the large DaimlerChrysler plant, now known as Mercedes-Benz South Africa.

Environmental-friendly projects include the Fish River Spatial Development Initiative, the Wild Coast SDI, and two industrial development zones, the East London Industrial Development Zone and the Coega IDZ near Port Elizabeth. Coega is the largest infrastructure development in post-apartheid South Africa. The construction of the deepwater Port of Ngqura was completed and the first commercial ship anchored in October 2009.

Other sectors include finance, real estate, business services, wholesale and retail trade, eco-tourism (nature reserves and game ranches) and hotels and restaurants.

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Key features

About us

Our hotel is situated at the base of the forested Amatola Mountains and enjoys sweeping views of the mountain and indigenous forest.

The geographical location of the hotel in the province of the Eastern Cape is conveniently close to East London, Bhisho and King Williams Town. It is also a well-placed stop-over for travellers on the N2 from Durban or the N6 from Johannesburg.

Our Hotel is never without water or electricity.

Rooms and Suites

Standard Rooms

The standard rooms are en-suite with a separate bath and shower.

The standard rooms are equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, TVs, electric blankets and wall heaters.


The suites are spacious with ther own private entrances, outdoor seating areas in a garden setting. Each of these suites are equipped with a sleeper couch or extra bed. Ideal for parents with young children. 

The suites are equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, TVs, electric blankets and wall heaters.

Conference Centre

All three venues are specifically designed and built for conferencing purposes with high-quality fixtures, ideal for conferences, training seminars, presentations, product launches, and meetings. Conferencing facilities include:

  • Digital Data Projector with surround sound. 
  • Flipcharts and overhead projector (Flipchart pens & notepads are included)
  • Additional electrical outlets, overhead flourescent and wall lighting. 
  • Telephone and wireless internet connectivity. 

Amathole Venue

  • Available for groups under 35 delegates. 
  • Maximum 50 delegates. 
  • Mens & Ladies toilet facilities
  • Back-up Generator
  • Administrative support, such as email and internet, faxing, copying and secretarial services. 

Amahlathi Venue

  • Available for groups larger than 35 delegates. 
  • Maximum 120 delegates. 

Restaurant & Bar

A Full English Breakfast is served with freshly brewed filter coffee and a selection of teas. Light lunches are available during the day.

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu in the evening, served in a candlelit dining room. Your meal may be complemented by your choice from the list of 25 different wines.

The pub has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

On the veranda and wooden deck, one enjoys magnificent mountain views and is the perfect place to enjoy a light meal, recline on a pool lounger or sip sundowners while the daylight fades.


  • Swimming pool overlooked by wooden deck
  • Spacious bar lounge area with fireplace
  • Off-street private parking, laundry service
  • Children’s playground, volley ball net,
  • Art on exhibition & available for purchase
  • Team Building
  • Myriad of activities in the area
  • Solar & generator operated
  • Borehole water


  • Border Kei Chamber
  • Grading Council of South Africa
  • The Local Yokel Project
  • SA Tourism Association

Things to do nearby

The Khologha Forest

It is the second biggest indigeous forest in South Africa. Tall yellowwoods and white stinkwood trees invite visitors into the cool canopy of four shady walks.
Gubu Dam
The picturesque Gubu Dam is surrounded by forest and is locates at the foot of the magnificent Mount Kubusie. Gubu Dam is approximately 100 ha and is stocked with brown and rainbow trout.
Mountaiin Biking
We have three adult-sized mountain bikes and one child-sized mountain bike available for guests to hire. The cost of hiring includes the use of a helmet.
The Kologha Forest forms part of the Afromontane Forest biome. There are four different biomes in the Stutterheim area. Each of the four distinct ecological biomes has endemic and rare birds in them.
Forest Way
Based in the Stutterheim forests of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, we are a provider of experience-based outdoor programs for children, teens and adults.
The Stutterheim Country Club boasts panoramic views of the majestic Amatola Mountains. It is renowned for being one of the best rural golf courses in the country. From the exquisite greens to the welcoming and friendly 19th hole.
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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


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