Elliot is a rural farming town surrounded by a wonderful backdrop of Eastern Cape mountain grandeur, crystal streams teaming with trout and bass, waterfalls and towering cliffs. In this area are the majestic Drakensberg peaks of Giants Castle and The Pillars, and lying just 18km South of Elliot is the magnificent Gillie Cullem waterfall. To the North-East of Elliot, the scenery is dominated by the "Gatberg' - meaning 'hole mountain', due to the hole that has eroded through the softer strata near its summit.

The area is full of outdoor activities such as trout fishing and hiking. For the hiking enthusiasts, there is the Ecowa Trail, a three day (47km) hiking trail that starts below Gatberg and ends at Barkly Pass.


The 40m-long Dinorben San rock art site is easy to access from the road that runs between Barkly East and Elliot. It is just above the notorious Barkly Pass, which is often covered in ice or snow in winter and susceptible to rain and mist in summer. Dinorben makes for a wonderful visit for a few hours if one is driving through the area. It is one of the most easily accessible rock art sites in the Eastern Cape.

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Elliot, (Odometer 313km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to Elliot, ((Odometer 257km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

Various accommodation establishments in and around the town such as The Guardians Lodge, Intaba Lodge, Topiary Guest House and the Mountain Shadows Hotel.

Where to Eat

Visit the Intaba Lodge A La Carte Restaurant just out of town or drive up to the Mountain Shadow Hotel Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.