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.


Saturday 31 August 2019
Oldenburgia Trail Run
Sponsored by Trail Busters. This year promises to be a stand out event with the addition of our 2 day stage race! Sign up early to ensure your spot.  31 Aug - 1 Sept : 50kms of beautiful, mountainous terrain covered in 2 consecutive days. R1300 includes overnight shared accommodation, lunch & dinner on day 1, breakfast on day 2 & a race shirt.  Entries close on August 11 for the 50km race, only online entries accepted.  1 September : a 30km route made up of single & jeep tracks with big climbs. R350 for online sign ups. 1 Sept : a challenging 15km route at R180 for online sign ups. 1 Sept : a very doable and scenic 8km at R80 for online sign ups. All races start and end at Hoerskool P.J Olivier, Grahamstown, Robinson Street. An extra R50 will apply for on the day entries so make sure you pre register here:

Thursday 5 September 2019
Observatory Museum Official Reopening
Our guest speaker Fleur Way-Jones's topic will be "The Life and Times of Galpin: The Significance of the Observatory Museum Today'.  Time 17h30 for 18h00.Cost: R50 per person, R80 per couple or R25 per student. Tickets available at teh Observatory, Natural Science or History Museums from Monday to Friday. Dress code: Victorian inspired.

Saturday 7 September 2019
SPCA Big Clean and Dog Walk
Ikhala Veterinary Clinic is launching a big clean! We are bringing you an event with a double whammy of good Karma. Come clean up our town whilst also raising money for our local SPCA who desperately need our help.  Pay R20pp to join in and get the chance to win fantastic prizes (to be released closer to the date) for each bag of rubbish you return. Bring the whole family, dogs included, and do your bit! Food, demonstrations and activities will also be available.  Where: Old Golf Course from 09h00 – 11h00.

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 September 2019
St. Andrew’s College Highland Festival
There will be plenty of entertainment for the entire family at this year's St Andrew's College Highland Festival

Saturday 2 November 20199
The Cathedral of St Michael and St George’s annual St George’s Fair from 09h00 at the St George’s Hall.





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