Amatola Fly Fishing Club

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Tel: 064 497 6989

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The Amatola Fly Fishing Club manages the trout fishing and fishing access to Maden Dam (9 ha) and Gubu Dam (109 ha). See further details below on how to reach the dams and the protocols to be followed when fishing there.

All water craft are permitted but only electric, non-combustion motors are allowed.

The dam is part of a conservancy and there is a no-dogs policy.


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Natural High

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Based on the edge of the indigenous forest, Natural High offers the adventure enthusiast a variety of activities including abseiling, archery, guided forest walks, kayaking (at Gubu Dam), obstacle courses and a host of team-building pursuits. 

You don’t need to be an adrenalin junkie to enjoy a day out. All activities can be family orientated.
Booking Essential!

Tel: 043 683 2046 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Kologha Forest Walks

kologha indigenous forest waterfallskologha indigenous forest amathole mountains Step into a different world, one unspoiled by man and revel in the natural beauty of the Khologha Forest. This pristine indigenous forest is the second largest natural forest in South Africa after the Knysna Forest.

A choice of three beautiful walks start and end at the sheltered picnic area which is well equipped with braai places, tables and benches, a lappa and safe parking. The sound of trickling water constantly follows the Blue Route which is the shortest route. Crossing streams and rising quite sharply in some places, the path meanders for 1.5km leading to 3 stunning waterfalls. In the drier winter months they flow gently, but after the summer rains they often form spectacular torrents.

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The 7km Yellow Route winds along sheltered paths to higher up the hillside. Passing two striking waterfalls along the way, the route then turns back downwards through a different habitat before arriving at the forestry road leading back to the car park and picnic site.

For those wishing for a longer days walk, the Red Routes is a must. It twists and turns for 17km and commands some dramatic scenery with a magnificent view point mid way. Each route is clearly marked with coloured footprints.

Another excellent option for exploring the area is to take the horse and mountain bike trail. With marvelous viewpoints, spots to stop and rest, the tranquility and natural beauty of the indigenous forest is guaranteed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

Park Run

park run stutterheim eastern capeStutterheim Park Run takes place every Saturday morning at 8am at the Stutterheim Country Club. The course is 5km long and is run on a mixture of trail paths and grass.

This event is open to everyone, but to obtain your results and earn point you will need to register at


Stutterheim Farmers, Arts & Crafts Market

stutterheim farmers market The markets are held quarterly at Eagles Ridge Country House in Stutterheim. There are a variety of stalls displaying a mix of products, produce, arts and crafts. Among the regular stalls there are stalls selling freshly roasted coffee, home-made bread, clothing, jewellery, a variety of food stalls, home-made sweets, pickles and preserves, plants and seedlings, honey, reflexology, Indian head therapy, cheeses, pony rides and more.

Eagles Ridge overlooks the indigenous Kologha Forest and is decorated with an eclectic mix of Afro-chic and ethereal mystery. The fireplace provides a warm haven on chilly winter and autumn market mornings. Whether inside the mosiac-covered floors and sculptured walls of the amphitheatre and gallery or outside on the terrace, one is enchanted by warm and harmonious atmosphere.

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Alternatively contact Mel on 083 357 0152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Gubu Dam

gubu dam stutterheim trout fishing picnic spotTake the forest drive to Gubu Dam, set in a beautiful valley ringed by trees at the foot of Mount Kubusie. The crystal clear water abounds with rainbow and brown trout and is the home of countless waterfowl.

Gubu Dam has a well maintained campsite with clean ablutions. Pinic spots and braai areas are very popular in the summer months with day visitors.

The trout fisherman may enjoy this sport after making contact with the Stutterheim Trout Fishing Club and obtaining the necessary permits.

gubu dam trout fishing stutterheimAt the North East end of the Dam is the Gubu Dam Caravan Park which has been established by the Department of Forestry. There are ample camping sites and there isn't a facility for pre-booking. It is set in Idyllic surroundings amongst the trees; the walks in the forest from there are gentle and beautiful.

Contact Rob Scott from The Shire Eco Lodge on 072 364 8077 to purchase a fly fishing license.

Bird Watching

Crowned Crane escape route stutterheim biodiversityDue to it’s rich biodiversity Stutterheim is a must destination for bird watchers. Many species can been seen within a relatively short distance of each other due to the fact that the Amahlathi region encompasses 5 different biomes. These biomes are Southern Mistbelt Forest, Amathole Montane and Mistbelt Grassland, Kei and Eastern Cape Escarpment Thicket. Each of theses boasts rare and endemic birds.

The extensive forests on the southern slopes of the Amathole Mountains are home the critically endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) and birdwatchers are assured of sightings of these rare birds. Other special birds that are at home in the forests include the Knysna Loerie (Tauraco corythaix), the Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina), the Orange Thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and the Grey Cuckooshrike (Coracina caesia), to name but a few.

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In the mountain wetlands special birds that may be encountered are Buff Streaked Chats (Oenanthe bifasciata), Ground Woodpeckers (Geocolaptes olivaceus) and if very lucky, occasional Striped Flufftails (Sarothrura affinis) may be flushed from the thick grass cover in which they hide.

Wriggleswade Dam

wriggleswade dam stutterheim bass fishingOne of the Eastern Cape’s best hidden treasures, Wriggleswade Dam lies nestled between the rolling grasslands of the Amabele farming area. Stretching across 17km and covering 1000 hectares, this expanse of water has fast become a haven for avid fishermen and those who enjoy water sports.

Wriggleswade is a hive of activity and many consider it to be the best Bass fishing dam in the Eastern Cape. Having previously been farm land, the dam is full of grassy areas, rock piles, old semi submerged tree stumps and plenty of nooks and crannies where fish love to hide. To date, the record bass caught weighed in at 5.01 kg and the largest carp at a massive 20 kg.
Wriggleswade Dam is run by the Stutterheim Aquatic Club. There are approximately 60 campsites, 60 caravan sites provided with power and 3 ablution blocks. There is also a lovely single roomed log cabin on the waters edge available for rent.

With the fantastic campsite, braai areas along the waters edge for the day visitor and some of the best bass fishing in the Eastern Cape, Wriggleswade offers a brilliant venue for a family holiday or just a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

To make an enquiry please contact Amanda on 083 752 4545.

Fly fishing

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With it's cool winter months, The Escape Route is a great destination for fly fishermen. Fly fishing is one of the most popular forms of relaxation. 

Sandiles Rest is a haven for fly fishermen and women. One is just about guaranteed to catch in one of the two rainbow trout dams onsite. The dams can be fished either on a “catch and release” or “catch, take, and pay” basis. Sandile's Rest is a private trout farm as well as a private game and forest reserve. 

The forested Gubu Dam is best suited to the more serious fly fishermen. There is an established fly fishing club and daily permits can be purchased from the club house. 

Cata has become popular with anglers. In order to maintain the wildness of the fishery, the fishing policy is strictly ‘catch and release’. One can go fishing in the Mnyameni Dam, set between two picturesque mountains, and in the upper reaches of the Mnyameni Stream. Fishing is also great along a seven kilometre stretch of the Cata stream and in the Cata Dam.

Stationary Engine Museum

stationary engine museum stutterheimThe Stutterheim Engine Museum is thought to have one of the largest and most comprehensive collection of restored stationary engines, all in mint running condition, in the world.
The oldest gem is a Mietz & Weitz engine dating back to 1905. Forgotten names like Ruston Hornsby, Wholesly, Bamford, Lister and Massey Harris are all there, saved from a scrap yard where they would have been crushed and melted down to be lost forever. The development and advancement of technology can be followed in the engines on display, some dating back almost a century to the very recent, world class, advanced Mercedes C200 Kompressor engine.

Entry fee is R40 per person and includes a guided tour and demonstrations.
Can accommodate groups on weekends by arrangement. Schools welcome.
Refreshments in our adjoining Historical Section can be supplied by prior arrangement.
Our resident technicians work on a voluntary basis.
Open hours: 8:30 - 12:30 Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Curator: Tom Cole 043 683 2079 (business hours please)

Rock Art Centre & Vintage Vehicle Museum

thomas-river-vintage-carFor those who are interested in old vehicles and car memorabilia, Thomas River is a place to lose yourself in the wonder and grandeur of travel in the past. Their collections are extensive and range over many, many years.

Rock Art 01-1 old thomas river stationThe Rock Art Centre has been exquisitely built and reflects the feeling of a cave. Painted entrance walls in the exact replica of an original site, give one the first taste of what is to come. Victor is a fountain of knowledge and all around the walls are photographic displays, paintings and artifacts from both the early and late Stone Age. The oldest painting in Southern Africa was discovered in Namibia and dates back 27000 years and over time the changing history is shown in the paintings by the addition of sheep and cows, men with spears and finally soldiers with guns. With such an expansive range of time, the actual art work remains similar with the same colouring and style up until fairly recently when finger painting became the norm and inferior paint was used. To read more about the Rock Art Centre click here.

For more information go to Thomas River's website, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 045 843 1504

Cata Community Museum

info board keiskammahoek cata communityThe village of Cata is nestled in a beautiful crescent in the Amathole Mountains, approximately 50km from Stutterheim
Place of brutal apartheid-era forced removals in the 1960’s, the village now is a thriving model of integrated, community-driven development.

Development initiatives in the village include an agricultural co-operative, a forestry project and a tourism venture.

toposcope hut cata community keiskammahoekAt the heart of the village stands the community museum- unique in South African that it is the only museum that tells the story of rural land dispossession and the community’s successful struggle for restitution.

Inside visitors begin their ‘Cata experience’ in the indoor part of the museum, where they will find exhibits of world class standard.

Outside is a 20km guided walk along a professionally ‘cut’ heritage trail, featuring information boards and a toposcope. The trail brings one face to face with the devastation of forced removal.

For more information phone 072 568 7926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.