Set in a central and popular area of Grahamstown, Oatlands houses are integrated into nearly two centuries of heritage. You can expect to find many interesting Victorian homes and historical real estate in Oatlands. Lord Charles Somerset built two homes here sometime around 1814 when he held the post of Governor of the Cape Colony. It’s no surprise then that the area is considered the heart of Frontier Country, a term of endearment for the region. A slow drive through Oatlands tree-lined streets reveals timeless houses and illustrates a meeting of the past and present seamlessly.

The south end of Oatlands boast Oatlands School opposite the park while the north side shoulder finds St. Andrew’s College sports fields.  Sports enthusiasts have many exciting options available to them in Oatlands as real estate in the area boasts short distances to the Grahamstown Tennis Club, the Albany Bowling Club and the Albany Sports Club. The Tennis Clubhouse finds weekly bridge competitions being played. A warm and friendly community environment makes Oatlands houses an ideal option for families or retirees. More toward the centre of town, you’ll find apartments and houses that lend themselves to a modern sensibility which would suit professionals and students well. The cheers of Kingswood College Junior School teams ring through the air from the sports fields in Charles Street. Grahamstown consistently continues to grow in prominence nationally, attracting visitors from around the world to view first-hand an important area in South Africa’s history.

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The Albany Sports Club opened their pitch to cricket in 1887 and the Grahamstown Tennis Club and Bowling Club are also easily accessible, often hosting events. Numerous open parks allow for fun family picnics or a perfect place to walk the dogs.



Affectionately known as Frontier Country, Grahamstown was once the gateway to the Cape frontier and KwaZulu-Natal and features dozens of old prisons, forts and homesteads. There is always something new (and old) to discover when you explore the area.

Holiday lifestyle

Holiday lifestyle

The gorgeous Garden Route, as well as the Sunshine Coast, are located nearby and offers many destinations to enjoy a weekend or extended holiday at relaxing. Grahamstown is an important tourist destination itself with many fun activities for residents and visitors to enjoy alike. Many Big-5 Private Game Reserves are within easy driving distance from Grahamstown, these include Kwandwe, Shamwari, Amakhala, Pumba and Kariega Game Reserves.



Significant arts and cultural festivals take place annually, including the National Arts Festival and SciFest Africa. Many institutions, including the Amazwi South Africa Museum of Literature (formerly known as NELM) and International Library of African Music, ensure that the region retains its cultural importance.

Living in Oatlands

Areas near to Oatlands

Cradock Heights, Fort England, Grahamstown Central, Hill 60, Kingswood Grahamstown, Oatlands North, Somerset Heights, Sunnyside, West Hill,


St. Andrew’s College for Boys and the Diocesan School for Girls are accomplished private schools in the area, but there are close to a dozen in total so plenty of options to choose from. Rhodes University features 30 academic departments and is widely respected across South Africa with many successful alumni.


The Market Square Shopping Centre and Pepper Grove Mall are both located a walk away, offering major national supermarket franchises alongside speciality stores, restaurants and boutiques. Designer galleries offer art, furniture and books unique to Grahamstown that can’t be found anywhere else.


Primary and speciality treatments are offered in both public and private capacities nearby. The recently refurbished Settlers Hospital (a privately run Netcare facility) is conveniently located in the centre of town.


Situated almost half way between East London and Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown’s nearest airport is the Port Elizabeth International Airport at a distance of 134 kilometres away. Grahamstown acts as a gateway for many between Cape Town and Durban, and as such has access to South Africa’s major road infrastructure. The coastal villages of Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea are a short 60 kilometres away to the south.


Thursday, 21st November 2019

Oatlands Preparatory School Foundation Phase presents “Annie” at 18h00. All welcome.  Cost: R30 for adults and R15 for children/scholars. Venue: Rhodes Theatre, Prince Alfred Street. Tickets may be purchased at the school office or on the evening of the production at the theatre.

Saturday, 23rd November 2019

St Bart's Windows Restoration Fundraising Events Programme 2019 - Organ recital with cheese and wine at St Bart’s Church from 18h30 – 20h00.  Organist: Cameron Luke FRCO. Cost: R100pp. Contact: Claire Cordell – Whatsapp 071 251 6963

Wednesday, 27th November 2019 to Saturday, 30th November 2019

Christmas market at PJ Hoerskool, with mostly unique hand-made products and gifts. Coffee shop and Light Lunches available.  More than 40 stalls available.
Market will be open on the following times Wednesday 10h00 - 19h00 / Thursday 10h00 - 19h00 / Friday 10h00 - 19h00 / Saturday 9h00 - 15h00. 

Thursday, 25th June 2020 to Sunday, 5th July 2020

National Arts Festival
Organised by the National Arts Festival team, Africa's largest and most colourful cultural event offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent. Every year for 11 days Makhanda Grahamstown's population doubles, as people flock to the city for a feast of arts, crafts and sheer entertainment. Every hall or large room becomes a theatre, parks and sport fields become flea markets, normally quiet streets have to be managed by an army of temporary traffic wardens, and every available bed in the city is booked. The festival offers more than 600 shows from opera, cabaret, drama and jazz to stand-up comics and folk music.




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