Ventersburg

After the death of his father, the owner of the farm Kromfontein, PA Venter, allowed the farmhouse to be used for church services. In 1864 a town began to develop and the first plots were sold to prospective residents in 1871. However, Ventersburg only received official town status in 1873.

Adventure And Sport

Allemanskraal Dam: The beautiful Allemanskraal Dam, in the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve, is the ideal venue for birdwatching, angling and water sports.

Hiking: There are hiking trails available in the nearby Bosrand Nature Reserve as well as in the vicinity of the town. The three easy routes on the farm Koolspruit will appeal to novice hikers. Contact the Municipality for more information.

Sport: The town has a bowling green and squash and tennis courts.

Archaeology And Palaeontology

Leghoya Ruins: The well-preserved ruins of a prehistoric settlement of the long-vanished Leghoya people can be seen on Doornberg, in the nearby Willem Pretorius Game Reserve.

Art And Crafts

Pottery, paintings, candles and woodwork: Several resident artists in the town produce

lovely candles, woodwork articles, pottery and paintings in various media. Find the latter at the corner of Eeufees and Van Andel Streets and view andmade candles at 10 Springbok Avenue. Hip Hop in Pienaar Street sells art and various types of craftwork and handmade articles.

Entertainment And Shopping

Aventura Aldam resort: Visit the resort with its lovely chalets situated along the waterfront for a relaxing holiday or weekend breakaway.

Farm Holidays: Visit farms such as Strydfontein or Bundu Camp for a taste of farm life and the added attraction of 4×4 and hiking trails, swimming, bird-watching and angling opportunities.

Fauna And Flora

Birds: Bird lovers will enjoy an outing to the “bird man” of Ventersburg, Mr Jan van Wyk. Visits are by appointment only. Bosrand Nature Reserve: This reserve is a paradise for bird and nature lovers and also offers hiking routes and game drives. Accommodation is provided in a chalet with a “lapa” (an open, thatch-roofed enclosure) and “braai” (barbecue) facilities.

Inca Lilies: Make an appointment to visit this Inca Lily Farm in the vicinity of the town.

Rondebossie Farm: Visit the farm Rondebossie where you can view the lion, king of the beasts, and his pride, as well as many other animals. Day visitors are welcome.

Tara Game Reserve: The reserve has several eco-tourism opportunities, such as game drives and hunting facilities. Accommodation is available in a modern lodge, chalets, tents and log cabins.

Willem Pretorius Game Reserve: The 12 000 ha Willem Pretorius Game Reserve is situated on the Ventersburg Road 150 km north of Bloemfontein. The reserve is divided in two by the Allemanskraal Dam and the Sand River. It houses two of the “Big Five” and the hilly, densely vegetated northern part of the reserve is ideally suited for baboon and certain species of antelope such as mountain reedbuck, kudu and duiker. Karee and white stinkwood trees dot the shady ravines of the Doornberg and Bekkersberg mountains. The southern part of the reserve features open grassy plains inhabited by antelope such as eland, blesbuck, springbuck, wildebeest, hartebeest, as well as by zebra. The reserve has excellent accommodation facilities, which include chalets and a bush camp that sleeps 16. The reserve also allows for sport and water sports, such as angling, water-skiing, windsurfing and paragliding. A particularly popular attraction is the “sundowner” cruise on the dam.

History And Architecture

Anglo-Boer War Battlefields: There are a number of Anglo-Boer War battlefields in the vicinity.

Basotho War Rampart: The Basotho War Rampart, built by Moshweshwe in 1856 as a defence against other raiders has been recreated next to the original wall, of which little remains, and is preserved as a monument to the great leader.

Dutch Reformed Church: Every small town in the Free State has a Dutch Reformed Church Building and Ventersburg is no exception. The original church, erected in 1890, was burned down by the British during the Anglo-Boer War and the present church came into use in 1913.

Sand River Memorial: The Sand River Memorial, 15 km from town on road N1 to Winburg, was built to commemorate the signing of the Sand River Convention in 1852, by which the British recognised the independence of the Transvaal Boers.

Ventersburg Police Station Museum: The tiny corrugated-iron, two-man police station served as the town’s police station and jail from 1902 to 1954. Several exhibits and dioramas are on view inside the building. The Ventersburg Police Station Museum is one of five Police Museums in the country and the only original police station in South Africa that has been fully restored.

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