In 1870, the discovery of diamonds on the banks of the Vaal River prompted the Transvaal Government to allocate claims in the area. A town soon developed and it was named after the only daughter of President Andries Pretorius. From a small digging community, Christiana has developed into one of the main towns in the area that supports a large farming community.

Adventure And Sport

Water sport: The Vaal River offers many water sport opportunities such as boating, canoeing, water-skiing and fly-fishing.

Archaeology And Palaeontology

San Rock Art: Fascinating examples of San rock art can be seen on the farm Stowlands, 6 km from the town.

Entertainment And Shopping

Aventura Vaal Spa: The Aventura Vaal Spa on the Vaal River offers entertainment for the whole family. Mineral baths, fresh-water angling and excellent game viewing opportunities in the nearby game reserve can be enjoyed in lovely peaceful surroundings. A visit to the spa is guaranteed to make you forget all the stresses of everyday life. Comfortable chalet accommodation is available but day visitors are also welcome.

History And Architecture

Digger’s Diamond Museum: The photographic display in the Diggers Museum tells the story of the town’s diamond mining past. The display is enhanced by an exhibition of antique mining and sifting equipment.

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