If your curiosity entices you beyond the bounds of The Shire, the area offers a variety of active and leisurely pursuits:

Explore the Forest : beautiful hikes to waterfalls, ancient Lemonwood forests and the spectacular Anderson Dam; horseback trails; superb bird watching; mountain bike trails, or visit The Shire Wild Bulb Nursery.

A Spot of Sport: canoe hire on Gubu dam; excellent trout and bass fishing; archery; rock-climbing & bouldering; abseiling; mountain bike hire; Motorbike tours; golf; tennis; squash; Aquascape Adventures offer a variety of water sports and leisure cruises on Wriggleswade dam

Cultural Enrichment: Visit the remarkable Stationary Engine Museum; take a trip to Old Thomas River Historical Village with its rock art museum and tours, or Mqwali Xhosa Cultural Village; visit local artists, galleries and pottery workshops.


There are a number of marked trails through the forest, of varying lengths. If you prefer, guided walks are also available. 22 23