Towering mountains and winding streams offer opportunities to the visitor in search of adventure or in need of some time and space to unwind.
Ugie is named after the Ugie River in Scotland, this little town on the banks of the Inxu River lies between Maclear and Elliot and prides itself on the natural surroundings that act as one big adventure playground. With a wide variety of accommodation and enough recreational activities to keep one busy for a weekend, a week or even a month, Ugie’s undoubted charm will make it hard to leave this beautiful part of the country.
The numerous icy streams and dams are ideal for trout and here in Ugie the gentleman’s pursuit of fly-fishing is an extremely popular pastime, drawing thousands of tourists each year in search of the elusive fish. Streams and dams are stocked with brown and rainbow trout and although different waters require different fishing styles, the thrill of catching a large, strong trout on a thin trout rod is quite unparalleled. Many anglers opt for a catch-and-release policy, but for others, the delicacy of fresh trout is too much to resist. Ask a local tour guide or your guesthouse operator to assist you with permits and/or fishing equipment.
Even for those without an agricultural background, the Tractor Museum in President Street is a fascinating exhibition of the farmer’s best friend. Entrance is free and the museum is well worth a visit for a window into Mr Bob Kaschula’s passion for the world of
tractors. Open weekdays.
The Prentjiesberg Trail features a three-day, 50 km circular trail through the spectacular Ugie surrounds, including an indigenous forest, a Protea woodland, caves with San (Bushman) paintings and unbelievable panoramic views overlooking Ugie.
Blesbok, mountain reedbuck and dassie are likely to be seen along the way, while birdwatchers should keep an eye out for crowned and black eagles, bearded vulture
and the lanner falcon. The top of the mountain is home to stunning rock pools for those brave enough to dip into the icy water. The walk is clearly marked with footprints
and arrows and accommodation includes a hut, bungalow and cave that sleep 12 each and have toilets and water. Permits are required and can be obtained in Ugie along with a map and brochure is available.
Linking the top of the Barkly Pass to Ugie, this scenic road comes with magnificent panoramic views. The road can be quite rough and requires technical driving at some points, so high clearance vehicles or 4x4s are recommended, especially in wet weather.
There are many fascinating examples of the fossilised footprints of these prehistoric beasts on various farms between the towns of Ugie, Maclear and Mount Fletcher. New footprints are still being discovered to this day. Some of the best examples of dinosaur footprints are found on Oakleigh Farm, contact Ginger Jenkins on 045 932 1675 to arrange a visit.
Originally established as an orphanage in 1918, this historical building has been converted into guesthouse accommodation combining old-world elegance with modern facilities.
Ugie Methodist Church
Located in the town centre, the Ugie Methodist Church is a stately example of north-eastern Cape architecture.
Just outside the entrance to Ugie is the Gatberg, an amazing site where wind erosion has created a large hole at the summit of the mountain called Gatberg (Hole Mountain).