Located in a hilly area in the midst of game and sheep farming regions and approximately 40km northwest of Grahamstown lies the small village of Riebeeck East. Affectionately considered a “town that time forgot”, it is a relatively undisturbed area known for its astonishing vistas of the surrounding scrub-covered hills. Officially established in 1842, the quaint village was originally named Riebeeck, but this was later changed to Riebeeck East in order to avoid being confused with Riebeeck West, located in the Western Cape

Riebeeck East real estate comprises predominantly of houses for sale and rent and plots, farms and smallholdings for sale. Riebeeck East property is also an interesting option for those in the hospitality industry who want to take advantage of the influx of tourists who frequent the area annually to experience its abundant wildlife. A Riebeeck East home is also typically more affordable than a similar size house in Grahamstown, making buying one a frugal decision. Houses here typically have two to three bedrooms and large gardens. Browse our portfolio of available properties to get a feel for the kind of homes in the area.

Explore Riebeeck East

Local Church

Local Church

The Riebeeck East skyline is recognisable by the local church steeple. The building itself encapsulates the village’s history and houses the province’s largest church clock. This church remains the religious and social centre of the village and is a pleasure to visit.

Mooimeisiesfontein farmhouse

Mooimeisiesfontein farmhouse

Visit the Mooimeisiesfontein farmhouse, the home of Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief which is one of SA’s National heritage sites.

City of Saints

City of Saints

Another benefit of buying a house in Riebeeck East is its convenient access to Grahamstown which is also known as the City of Saints because it is home to over 40 religious buildings. Being so close to Grahamstown means that residents also have the opportunity to frequent the artistic and cultural events that attract people from all over South Africa.

Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant Park

Riebeeck East is also located a short distance from Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park, so if it’s big game you’re after, this is the perfect spot to explore from.

Living in Riebeeck East

Areas near to Riebeeck East

Adelaide, Alicedale, Bedford, Boknes and Cannon Rocks, East London, Fort Beaufort, Gqeberha, Graaff-Reinet, Jeffreys Bay, Kariega (Uitenhage), Karoo, Kenton on Sea, Makhanda, Port Alfred, St Francis Bay,


There are primary and high school facilities in the area, but many residents choose to commute to Grahamstown for their education needs. 

Tertiary Education

Owing to their close proximity to the Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown, Riebeeck East properties are sought after by lecturers and students who prefer the quiet atmosphere of this small village to the bustle of a town.

Archaeological Sites

If you’re looking to take a step back in time, head out on a tour of all the area’s archaeological sites, the rock art here is spectacular.

Air travel

The Port Elizabeth domestic airport makes travelling to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg easier. 

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius