De Aar town was established on a portion of a farm with the same name, which means “artery”. The original owners imagined the underground water as flowing in life-sustaining arteries under the surface. Originally established as a railway town, De Aar is today one of the most important railway junctions in South Africa.
Adventure and Sport
Hunting: Contact the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.
Archaeology and Palaeontology
San Rock Art: San engravings can be seen on Nooitgedacht, Brandfontein and Damfontein farms, near the town.
History and Architecture
Olive Schreiner House: Olive Schreiner was a famous South African author and feminist who wrote “Women and Labour” and “The Story of an African Farm”. Her home is now a museum and also houses a restaurant.
Garden of Remembrance: The garden was built in memory of the British soldiers who were killed during the Anglo-Boer War.
Weather Station: Make an appointment to tour the facility.