This town in the Makwassie Valley had its origins when a trader, Thomas Leask, established a store here in 1876. The town was proclaimed in 1891 and named after Mr JMA Wolmarans, a member of the Executive Council of the Transvaal Republic. Wolmaransstad is an alluvial diamond mining town and the industry is still a major economic activity in the area. Agriculture is the other main economic activity.
Adventure And Sport
Hiking Tails: A series of hiking trails have been mapped out in the Makwassierante Conservation Area. The area is inhabited by a variety of game.
History And Architecture
Broadbent Mission Station: The first white child born in the Transvaal was born at Broadbent’s Wesleyan Mission Station.
Diggers’ Tour/Diamond Route: The Diggers’ Tour, also known as the Diamond Route takes visitors all the way to Kimberley in the Northern Cape. Visits to private diggers can be arranged and diamond cutters and historical places can also be visited.
Thomas Leask House: President Paul Kruger used to stay at Thomas Leask House on his visits to this part of the old ZAR.
Gold mine tours: Do not miss the opportunity to visit some of the largest gold mines in South Africa. Tours only take place once a week and include demonstrations of gold pouring. Arrangements need to be made with a local tourism office well in advance.