Riebeeck East Experience

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A Day, night or weekend to remember in Riebeeck East

Public interest in the little village of Riebeeck East, midway between Grahamtown and Bedford, is growing as more and more people are visiting the area. Riebeeck East is situated 40km north of Grahamstown on the Bedford road and 150km from Port Elizabeth on the N10. Riebeeck East is a village lost in time. The Afrikaner architectural influence is visible in the houses and many of the inhabitants can trace their routes back to the original owners of the homes. Riebeeck East is now in the midst of a game and sheep farming area and offers many attractions and hiking trails through the surrounding diverse and beautiful hills.

Mooimeisies Guest House

Mooimeisies is a beautiful Victorian Guest House, once the home of legendary Voortrekker, Piet Retief whose farm was called Mooimeisiesfontein.It offers 6 fully serviced rooms of which 3 are en suite. It also has a small conference facility which can accommodate up to 15 people. Much of the food is sourced locally and many of the vegetables are grown organically.

Georgina’s Arts and Crafts Coffee Shop

Georgina’s Arts and Craft Coffee Shop is next to and included in Mooimeisies Guest House. The Coffee shop provides the perfect environment for a relaxed time spent with a delicious hot or cold drink and maybe even a slice of scrumptious chocolate cake. There are also a variety of crafts on display which will inspire your creative spirit and maybe even tempt you to take something home.


In the hamlet of Riebeeck east, situated in the heartland of the Eastern Cape’s frontier country, Yolande Delport will introduce you to the totally addictive art of mosaic making. The course is two days long, but should your time be limited, you are able to attend the first day only.

Photographic weekend getaways are offered by renowned photographers, Marc Pradervand and Tim Hopwood where a full range of photographic skills are provided.

The old NG Church built by Piet Retief

The Dutch Reformed Church established the village of Riebeeck East in 1830 on the farm Mooimeisiesfontein, the home of the famous Voortrekker leader Piet Retief.Previously the local Boer farmers had to trek to Uitenhage, about 130 kilometres away for the Nagmaal (Communion services). The need for a church in the area became very apparent and while the British government turned down an initial request in 1826, a second in 1830 was granted. In the South African tradition, a town grew up around the church.

Mooimeisiesfontein Farm

The Mooimeisiesfontein farmhouse, the home of Piet Retief, still stands and has been declared a National heritage site.

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