Wartrail and New England

Wartrail and New England are farming communities in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.


Hidden in the tranquil valleys of the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the remote mountain farms of Wartrail and New England provide the perfect antidote to the stresses of city life. Also known as ‘Wild Mountain Country’ this area offers a safe and relaxing escape in a pristine natural environment, far away from the madding crowds.

All types of farmstay accommodation are available, from camping and self-catering cottages to en-suite fully-catered guest farms. Each establishment is unique and meals range from simple fare to delicious farm style extravaganzas – within driving distance there is a full A La Carte country restaurant . Enjoy personal attention from your hosts, many of whom are descendants of the early settlers to the area. They have many wonderful stories to tell about the area’s rich history and culture.

Clean and invigorating is the best way to describe the climate in Wild Mountain Country and four well-marked seasons occur. In summer the days are typically hot and sunny, with regular late afternoon thunderstorms to clear the air ready for the next day. Autumn is a time to enjoy magnificent mountain colours, with the grasses and trees decorated in splendid shades of golds and reds. The days are pleasantly warm and sunny - ideal for outdoor activities. Winter brings snow and visitors flock to nearby Tiffindell to enjoy the unique opportunity to ski in South Africa. The area is stunningly beautiful at this time of year and what could put a better smile on your face than watching your child build their very first snowman? In spring the mountains bloom with fresh green grass and wild flowers. Birding at this time of year is exceptional and the farmlands are bursting with new life in the form of lambs and calves.

Whether you want to unwind in peace, or fill your family’s lungs with fresh mountain air, Wartrail has something for every outdoor enthusiast

Get in

By road

Wartrail and New England are well signposted off the R58 between Aliwal North and Barkly East. From the R58 the roads are well-maintained gravel, although may be slippery when wet.

If you would prefer to travel via back-country gravel roads then you could travel from Sterkspruit across Lundean's Nek to Wartrail, or across Naude's Nek to Rhodes and then onto Wartrail and New England via Mosheshesford.

By air

Nearest airports are Bloemfontein (350km) and Mthatha (250km). No shuttle services are available, however both cities have car hire facilities at the airport.

Get around

There is no public transport available in the area, so self-drive is the preferred option. Sedan vehicles can travel the gravel roads with care, although a high-clearance vehicle will help you get more out of your trip to the area. 4x4 is not required.





There are no restaurants in Wartrail and New England, so either bring your own supplies, or make arrangements with the guest house owner beforehand (many of whom can provide delicious home-cooked farmhouse meals).

Snack lunches and delicious cakes can be enjoyed at Wooly's of Wartrail - see listing below.


There are no pubs in Wartrail and New England, so either bring your own supplies, or make arrangements with the guest house owner beforehand. Guests staying in the area are welcome to join the Wartrail Social Club on a Saturday for a game of tennis, tea and drinks. There are licenced bars in Rhodes and Barkly East.


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