Stunning views of the Drakensberg Mountain Range await visitors to this small village. The village was named after a previous Chief Magistrate of Tembuland, Sir Henry Elliot who was revered as a kind man with a unique ability to reason with antagonists and defuse potentially explosive situations. The most important agricultural product of the area, mushrooms, is incorporated in the town’s coat-of-arms.
Adventure And Sport
Ekowa Hiking Trail: This well-marked, three-day trail passes through farmland, Protea woodland, Dohne Sourveld vegetation and patches of indigenous forest and up into the towering Drakensberg Mountains. The name of the trail is derived from the Xhosa word, “ekowa” that refers to the field mushrooms that grow so abundantly in this area. However, this trail is not for the faint-hearted. It is classed as one of the ten most rigorous hiking trails in the country because of the alarmingly sheer cliffs and steep gradients that need to be negotiated on the way up. The trail passes Gatberg, a well-known landmark in the area.
Golf: The town boasts a nine-hole golf course in the shadow of the “Berg”.
Water sport: Water sport facilities and picnic spots are available at Thompson Dam.
Archaeology And Palaeontology
San Rock Art: One of the country’s longest galleries of San paintings can be found on the farm Dinorbin, between Elliot and Barkly East.
Fauna And Flora
Thompson Dam Nature Reserve: Both a nature reserve and a holiday resort, Thompson Dam lies on the banks of the Slang (“Snake”) River. Visitors will particularly enjoy the breathtaking views of the Drakensberg Mountain Range.
The Gilliecullem Falls: This 80-m waterfall where the Slang River tumbles over the cliffs, is a truly stupendous sight. Follow the hiking trail that links the top and the bottom of the falls.
Rock formations: The imposing mountain scenery in this area includes rock formations with such imaginative names as “The Pillars” and “Giant’s Castle”