After the dispute among local residents about the location of the new town was settled, the town was established in 1863 and aptly named Vrede, which means “peace”, in Afrikaans. The Bothasberg, Langberg and Witkoppe Mountain Ranges are prominent landmarks in the area.
Adventure And Sport
Emanzini Country Resort: The resort will provide you with an angling and boating holiday to remember. A swimming pool, restaurant and comfortable chalets complete the picture.
4×4 routes: Several farms in the district have superb 4×4 routes, as well as hiking and bird-watching opportunities.
Hiking: Hiking routes have been established on the many holiday farms in the vicinity of the town. Try out the Langberg hiking, biking, abseiling and caving combination trail.
Holiday farms: Langberg Springs on the farm Skerpkloof has four trout dams as well as hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing opportunities. Fairview Holiday Farm offers game viewing and hunting opportunities coupled with hiking, angling and 4×4 routes.
Horse-riding: The Aldo Riding School is located on the farm Eureka and offers lessons for children as young as five years of age. Holiday camps are conducted during April and December. Other horse-riding opportunities and trails exist on the many holiday and game farms in the area.
Mountain biking: The Langberg Trail takes bikers up to the top of Langberg where overnight accommodation is available in an old horse stable.
Sport: Vrede has its own 9-hole golf course set in scenic surroundings, as well as a tennis club.
Trout-fishing: Trout-fishing opportunities abound on the many holiday farms in the vicinity of the town.
Vrede Marina: Vrede Dam, also called the Vrede Marina, is ideal for angling, water-skiing and boating.
Art And Crafts
Art Holiday Farm: The Glen Harry Guest Farm offers accommodation and the chance to learn to paint with the help of a well-known local artist.
Bonhani Arts and Crafts: This shop and factory creates crafts and works of art out of natural materials.
Pottery: Stonet Potteries sells pottery items made by local potters.
Sycamore Semi-precious Stones: “Sycamore Semi-edelgesteentes” is based on a farm in the district and manufacture hand-made jewellery and other articles using South African semi-precious stones.
Fauna And Flora
Little Long Creek: Little Long Creek lies in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range and has superb scenery, wild flowers and birds. Fly-fishing and horse-riding can also be done.
Moreson (“Morning Sun”) Ranch: This holiday and game farm is situated at the foot of Bothasberg Mountain and offers game viewing, hunting, angling, 4×4 and hiking routes and horse-riding. The farm is renowned for its blesbok herd, the largest herd of this type of antelope in the Free State.
History And Architecture
Great Trek Monument: A granite monument commemorating the Great Trek of 1838 stands in the town.
Sheep House: The Sheep House was used as a storage place by the British during the Anglo-Boer War. They killed flocks of sheep and stored the carcasses of the animals in the house to deprive the Boers forces of food.
Old Cannon: A cannon that was used in South West Africa (now Namibia) during the First World War can be seen in the town.
War Memorial: The Burghers Memorial in the grounds of the Dutch Reformed Church was erected in honour of the Boers who lost their lives during the Anglo-Boer War. The town also has a Garden of Remembrance for British soldiers who fought in that war.