Sheltering within the magnificent Eastern Cape Zuurberg Mountain Range, Steynsburg is a quiet little Karoo town where the air is clean and the local sheep farming community are very friendly. The man who took on the mighty British Empire, Oom Paul Kruger, and another Afrikaans legend, Marais Steyn, were both born here. So if you fancy a bit of heritage, mountains, mountain dams, grassy plains, strange geological formations, blue cranes and some arts and crafts…come and see!

Steynsburg is being re-discovered by people looking for a different type of holiday destination in the Eastern Cape. The area offers a relaxed lifestyle within the rugged beauty of the Eastern Cape, with hot summers, cold clear winter days and beautiful sunsets.


Everywhere you turn the scenery just gets better and better. There's the two sandstone rock formations that stand on the edge of Steynsburg that have earned the names of “Teebus” and “Koffiebus”, because they strongly resemble tea and coffee canisters, and for the nature lover, the Bulhoek Pass 20km from Steynsburg, offers some challenging hiking and mountain bike rides.

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Steynsburg, (Odometer 87.8km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to Steynsberg, (Odometer 679km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

This small town has a selection of Guest Houses, B&B’s, farm stays and even a caravan park in town. Try out Hillmoor Stone Cottage or Croydon Cottage and Black Eagle Ridge.

Where to Eat

There are some restaurants and coffee shops in town to choose from. Try out Kai Kai Restaurant or the Lazy Lizard.


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.