The Makana Municipality is located in the Eastern Cape Province on
the south eastern seaboard of South Africa and in the western part of
the Eastern Cape Province falling under the Sarah Baartman District
With the cities of Port Elizabeth 120km to the west and East London
180 km to the east, Makana Municipality is strategically situated
between two of the province’s largest industrial centres. Both coastal
cities are served by well-equipped container ports and have major
airports linking them to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. It is the
home of the National Arts Festival and the seat of Rhodes University and
other prominent and internationally acclaimed primary and high schools
which are found in Makhanda.
Makana Municipality consists of 14 wards in which 3 are found in the rural areas of the Municipality.
GAME RESERVES, NATURE AND ADVENTURE
The Frontier Country originally boasted herds of game that rivaled
all others. The region’s climatic diversity also meant that a great
range of game existed in the many varied biomes compacted into a
relatively small area.
Unfortunately, after the arrival of European hunters, a large proportion
of the game was shot out, and it was only with the beginning of the
conservation ethic in the mid-twentieth century that the situation was
reversed and the wildlife of the area made a strong natural comeback.
Today Frontier Country is still the only place in Africa where one can
view the big five in an environment free of malaria, bilharzia and other
tropical diseases and in their natural habitat.
The area now has nearly a million hectares devoted to game. A range of public and private nature reserves span the area, from the world famous Shamwari in the west to the magnificent Double Drift and Kwandwe reservesin the east.