Established in 1866 and named after the president of the Free State, President Brand, Brandfort is today a mixed-farming centre and is also known as the place to which Winnie Mandela was banished during the Apartheid era. The government at the time thought that this move would minimise her influence on the disgruntled Africans in the townships on the Rand. Her home subsequently became a tourist attraction.
Angling: Palmietfontein Dam, in the Brandfort area, is open to anglers.
Bird-hunting: Grassland and Stone Safaris offer bird-hunting trips to interested parties.
Hunting: Several farms in the area offer hunting and game-watching safaris.
Quad biking: The Grasslands Quad biking trails are guided eco-trails through typical Free State landscape. Clay pigeon shooting is also offered and accommodation is available in an upmarket lodge.
Sport: The town has bowling, badminton, rugby, soccer, squash and tennis clubs, as well as an 18-hole golf course.
Fauna And Flora
Cyferfontein Flower Farm: Plants and cut flowers including Inca lilies and Michaelmas daisies are cultivated on the farm Cyferfontein in the Brandfort district. Viewing is by appointment only.
Prickly Pears: Prickly Pears are ripe and ready to be eaten from early January to the end of March. Visit the Waterkloof Prickly Pear Farm in the Middekaalspruit area, where you will not only be able to eat the fresh fruit but will also be able to find out about the 24 other uses of this humble fruit.
History And Architecture
De Aap Farm: The farm De Aap, one-time home of the first president of the Republic of South Africa, CR Swart, is situated in the district and has been proclaimed a National monument.
Dwyersdorp Concentration Camp: Dwyersdorp Concentration Camp, outside the town, was named after Captain Dwyer, a humane man, who showed mercy towards the Boer women and children incarcerated there and helped them wherever he could. A beautiful statue of an angel, all in white, resting against an upright cross, in front of the Dutch Reformed Church, honours the many women and children who died here. The Monument erected at the Concentration Camp cemetery, on the farm Lovain, lists all the names of the dead.
Vice-Admiral Weston Home: The first aeroplane ever built in Africa saw the light of day on the property of Vice-Admiral Weston, who lived in Brandfort. His home is now a popular tourist attraction.
Voortrekker Memorial Wall: The memorial wall located in front of the Dutch Reformed Church, honours the early Voortrekker settlers.
Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s House: The house in Majwemasweu to which Winnie Madikizela Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela and chairlady of the ANC Woman’s League was banished during the Apartheid era, is now a popular tourist attraction.