This small town, which supports a predominantly farming community, was proclaimed in 1912, and epitomises rural Free State living. For many people a huge poplar grove near the town was so beautiful that it reminded them of the Garden of Eden; hence the name of the town. Edenville is well placed in the fertile prairies of the Northern Free State Region and is about two and a half hours’ drive from both Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.
Adventure And Sport
Horse riding: The farm Tweespruit, about seven km from town, is a popular farm holiday destination and is also home to Roemryk Horse Trails and Safaris. Groups of up to 15 people, including children, can travel the lovely Riemland area on horseback.
Sport: There are several sports facilities in the town, such as the Rudi Jacobs Bowling Green, Edenville’s golf course and Edenville Dam.
Water sports: Edenville Dam is a perfect venue for angling and canoeing.
Art And Crafts
Art and Crafts Market: Edenville’s Arts and Craft Market has many hand crafted items for sale.
Fauna And Flora
Paardekraal Lion Farm: Visits to this private lion-breeding farm to see the lions can be arranged.
Pudumo Nature Reserve and Lion Farm: The reserve is home to some 13 different species of game and 30 lions, including the rare white lion. Lions are fed on Wednesdays and Sundays and visitors are welcome. For those who wish to stay longer there is a lovely wooden cabin available. One can also view game, do some angling or follow the cycling and horse trails on the farm.
Stud farms: Make an appointment to visit the several stud farms in the district, and see the horses at Roemryk Stud and the cattle at Sernick Bonsmara Stud, where a bull-testing station has also been established.
History And Architecture
Centenary Monument: The 1938 monument commemorating the Voortrekkers and their Great Trek (migration/journey) from the Cape Colony into the interior of the country, is situated near the Dirkie Uys Sport Fields in the grounds of the secondary school.
Classic cars: Edenville Motors has a fine collection of classic cars.
Dirkie Uys Monument: The Dirkie Uys Monument was erected in honour of the Voortrekker boy who so courageously defended his father and subsequently died with him during an attack by the Zulus in 1838. Townsfolk individually inscribed and placed the rocks on this monument.
Historic buildings: Historic buildings in town include the lovely old sandstone Dutch Reformed Church, and the Standard Bank Building with its interesting entrance. The historic Gunpowder House, in the centre of town, dates from the Anglo-Boer War.