The Friendly N6 Route follows the national road from East London via Aliwal North to Bloemfontein in the Free State Province.
This interesting road passes through some of the Eastern Cape’s most beautiful countryside.
Discover a treasure chest of outdoor attractions - from the ski slopes of Ben MacDhui to cold trout streams, magical mountain hideaways, lush evergreen forests, ancient San rock paintings, malaria free game viewing, hot water springs, fossil fields, 4x4, horse and hiking trails.
Visit a farm or an Anglo Boer War battlefield or explore the quiet, off-the-beaten track settlements of Barkly East, Rhodes, Lady Grey, Aliwal North, Burgersdorp, Queenstown, Molteno, Elliot, Sterkstroom, Dordrecht and Tarkastad.
And all along the way you’ll meet the welcoming people whose sunny disposition give the route its name - the Friendly N6.
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East London Climate
East London has a borderline humid subtropical climate, with the warm temperatures and moderation typical of the south African coastline. There is a drying trend in the winter, with the wettest times of year being “spring” and “autumn”
The average summer (October to February) temperature is 26°C. To many March to April signal idyllic weather, summers heat subsides and the wind settles. Winter’s (May to July) temperatures range from 9.3°C lows at night and a comfortable 20°C by day. However, with the onset of spring (from August to October), the fast-retreating winter merges with the summer sun, bringing forth some of the worlds most spectacular wild flower displays.