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This City is known by many descriptive names, such as the 'Settler's City' in memory of the huge part it played when it was still a frontier town. Also the 'City of Saints' on account of the number of churches, the 'City of Schools' as it is renowned for its many excellent schools and of course its University, and then also the 'Sleepy Hollow'. The latter, apparently because it lies in a warm hollow in the hills, but perhaps more aptly when the schools and University are on vacation and the world famous Winter Arts Festival is not in full swing. This summer rainfall area (November through to March) has temperature variations from as low as -3°C on a winters night to 38°C on a hot summers day. 


  • The 1820 Settler's National Monument. In the 1950's it was coming to light that these people, the Settler's, had a great impact on the country due to their campaign for Press Freedom and the need for democratic government. It was decided that a symbol was needed to honour these Pioneers - and hence the Memorial came about. 

  • Grahamstown is host to a number of festivals each year, the most famous and most successful being the Grahasmtown/Standard Bank National Arts Festival during June/July. Other festivals include the School's Festival and the Sasol Science Festival during March/April.