Maclear is a small town in the mountainous region of the Eastern Cape surrounded by towering bergs, crisp air and clear skies. The town’s main street has a real buzz about it, almost always busy with locals going about their daily routine.

Maclear and the surrounding areas have an important history and prehistory. There are dinosaur footprints in the area and rock paintings in the surrounding caves, both of which testify to the rich culture and heritage, as well as to the archaeological value of the Eastern Cape.

There are also a number of perennial rivers and streams in and around Maclear. These waters have earned the town a trusted reputation amongst keen trout fishermen and Maclear is host the annual Raptor of the River Flyfishing Festival.


The outdoor enthusiast is spoilt for choice from birdwatching, hiking to mountain biking. For the more adventurous there is abseiling at Tsitsa Falls and the ever challenging 4x4 trails.

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Maclear, (Odometer 381km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg straight through to Maclear, (Odometer 387km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

Fairbairn Guest Farm, Alpine Bed and Breakfast, Maclear Manor and Oak Lane B&B.

Where to Eat

Try out The Bistro at Alpine, the Butcher’s Diner or The Bean and Bun Coffee Haus.


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.