Edenburg

Edenburg is situated 83 km south-west of Bloemfontein in the golden prairie country so typical of this area. Disagreement exists about the origin of the town’s name. Some believe that the small farming town was named after the Biblical paradise of “Eden” while others believe it is the Afrikaans translation of “Edinburgh” — the birthplace of the renowned South African clergyman, Andrew Murray.

Adventure And Sport

Hunting: Hunting facilities are available on several farms in the district, such as De Put and Cyferkuil.

Sport: The town offers sport enthusiasts a choice of a round of golf, bowls, a set of tennis or a game of soccer.

Entertainment And Shopping

Mineral Water Plant: Visit the Fontyn Mineral Water Establishment (make an appointment first) on the farm Beeskraal where the owners bottle the natural spring water found on the farm. The Edenburg area is known for the high quality of its subterranean water. The latter is for the health-conscious consumer.

Taxidermy: A local taxidermist, Mr Albie van Zyl, offers taxidermy services to hunters, as well as a host of interesting taxidermy articles for sale at his Pudumo taxidermy and tanning venue.

History And Architecture

Berlin Mission Station: The Berlin Mission Station, 16 km north of the town, is the oldest of its kind in the Free State.

Postal Coach Tracks: The Postal Coach Tracks date back to February 1852.

Town Hall: The beautiful old Town Hall in Church Street has been declared a national monument.

Voortrekker Graves: Many of the Voortrekkers who died during the nineteenth century are buried near the Dutch Reformed Church in Voortrekker Street.

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