WELCOME TO MAKANA

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 Municipality.

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.


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The combined nature reserves of Frontier Country and the Sunshine Coast have more biomes, (vegetation types) than any comparable place in Africa.

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