Fairbairn Guest Farm is situated 14 km outside of Maclear on Rhodes Road. The Guest Farm is surrounded by spectacular mountains, waterfalls, rivers, streams and indigenous forests - only nature`s best.
The house has a lovely "stoep" where you can enjoy your morning awakening by breathing in the fresh mountain air. Laze back on the bench and watch the sunrise while listening to the birds greet the day.
The mountains and breathtaking scenery is topped with snow in the winter and covered with nature`s green in the summer. Streams filled with trout flow through the country side and there is a number of hiking trails for the explorer at heart.
You can decide whether you want to indulge in our list of fun and exciting outdoor activities or rather stay indoors to recharge the batteries.
You need this experience!
6 comfortable and spacious rooms overlook the rolling green hills in the summer and snow capped mountains in the winter. Breakfast available on request.
- Tent Pegging (Gymkana)
- Dinosaur Footprints
- Tsitsa Waterfall
- Ugie Tractor Museum
- Sivewright Bridge
- Naude's Nek
- Rock Art
- Fly Fishing
- 4x4 Bastervoetpad
- Fees zonder naam
- Bird Watching
- Mountain Biking
- Trail Running
Recommended Routes to Maclear
Aliwal North, Lady Grey (by-pass), Barkly-East, Elliot, Ugie. 450 km
Route 1 (via Transkei): Butterworth, Idutywa, Umtata, Tsolo. Watch out for the Tsolo turnoff - it is not clearly marked. The turnoff is opposite a Caltex filling station 40 km from Umtata.
Route 2: Queenstown, Lady Frere, Cala, Elliot, Ugie. 370 km.
Port Shepstone, Harding, Kokstad, Matatiele, Mt Fletcher. 500 km.
From Cape Town:
N1 to Beaufort West, Aberdeen, Graaf Reinet, Middelburg, Steynsburg, Molteno, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, and Ugie. 1 300 km.
The above routes are tarred all the way.
Construction of the tar surface between Maclear and Mt Fletcher is now complete.
The road to Rhodes which turns off the Maclear-Mt Fletcher Road (marked on some maps as a scenic route) is in a very bad condition and should not be attempted when wet. The road from Maclear to Rhodes is in poor condition and due to loose stones and 'middelmannetjies', not recommended for cars. Vehicles with higher clearance (like Toyota Ventures) should not experience any difficulty.
The construction of the road between Elliot, Cala, Lady Frere has been completed.
Watch out for speed humps outside and inside Elliot and Ugie. The humps are atrocious and will severely damage a vehicle - even at 60km/hour. Speed traps are common at the entrance to and exits from Maclear, Ugie, Elliot, Indwe, Barkly-East and Dordrecht.
The speed limit in the old Transkei is still 100 km/hour.
Speed traps in the Kei cuttings are common - beware!