Modder River

This historic town lies near the confluence of the Riet and Modder Rivers and has seen much action. It was the site of a major battle fought between the Boers and the British on 28 November 1899, during the Anglo-Boer War. A British blockhouse that was built to guard the railway bridge can still be viewed today. At present, this small town is known for its irrigation scheme and the stock farming in the area.

Adventure and Sport

Hunting: Contact the Diamond Fields Tourism Office or the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.


Vineyards: An irrigation scheme has opened the way for wine farmers to develop prize vintages in the area. Landzicht is a cooperative cellar that has produced several prize-winning wines. Wilreza is privately-owned, the youngest wine cellar in the Diamond Fields. Its labels depict the animals of the Northern Cape.

History and Architecture

N12 Battlefields Route: Modder River lies on the Battlefields Route and has two blockhouses, information panels and memorials to attract the interest of historians.

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