Lichtenburg, Central Region - Things to do
OVERVIEW:is sometimes called 'Wilgedorp' because of the willow trees along the furrows lining the streets. The town was established on the farms Middelbosch and Doornfontein which were presented for this purpose to the Transvaal Republic by Commandant Hendrik Greeff in 1866.
The town was the focus of diamond fever between 1925 and 1930 and, while it lasted, there were some 50 000 diggers and 100 000 labourers active in the district. After an estimated Â£ 15 million worth of diamonds had been found, the source waned and only a few diggers remained to pursue their dreams of fortune.
The backbone of Lichtenburg's economy is now agricultural and the maize produced in the district is handled by one of the biggest cooperative companies in the country. Other grains are also produced and cattle ranching is another major agricultural occupation.
The climate of Lichtenburg is healthy and moderate. Frost occurs in winter but the days are pleasantly sunny. As a result of natural water resources and wide-open spaces it has a natural charm and it a true oasis in a otherwise slightly arid North Western region.
The history of the town is closely associated with the life of General De la Rey, who apart from being the town's representative in the House of Assembly, was also Assistant Commandant-General of the Boer forces. After Unification he became Senator. He died after a shooting incident at Langlaagte and was buried in Lichtenburg.
Hennie Potgieter's massive equestrian statue of the great Boer general Koos de la Rey, who farmed near Lichtenburg, was unveiled in the town in 1965.
Accommodation near Lichtenburg, Central Region
Set in the charming town of Lichtenburg, Scott's Manor Guest House & Conference Venue is 4-star graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa and is endorsed as "Superior" in the AA Quality Assured Programme. We have 21 rooms and can comfortably accommodate 43 guests with our beautifully decorated, en suite, luxury and superior rooms. All rooms have coffee and tea making facilities ...
Situated in the Marico District of the North West Province of South Africa, Thabana Safari Lodge is a secluded, privately owned luxury safari lodge on 25 000 acres of prime, malaria free bushveld, built in a unique elevated position in the hills overlooking the beautiful Marico Valley. Visitors to Thabana Safari Lodge have the opportunity to view one of the largest variety of game animals to be ...
Things to do near Lichtenburg, Central Region
Originally named Treurfontein (well of sadness), the name was changed to honour Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, a staunch French Huguenot who was killed in the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew's Day (24 August 1572) in Paris At first sight, Coligny gives the impression of being just another dusty, windswept village - forgotten in the mists of time and bypassed by modern life. In a way it has retained its ...
Delareyville is named after the famous General Koos De la Rey and was founded in 1913 (after the Anglo-Boer War). The town is situated in the north western corner of the maize triangle, 96 km from Lichtenburg, 82 km from Vryburg and 114 km from Wolmaransstad. The town is the centre of a rich and progressive farming community. Salt pans, that can be found all over the district, make a major contribution ...
We invite you to come and experience the spirit and hospitality of the Marico firsthand! This region holds a special appeal and has much to offer. The town Groot-Marico (Big Marico) is named after the Groot Marico River, one of the few perennial rivers in this area. The name has nothing to do with the size of the town, which is very small. Groot-Marico is well known for its beautiful African bushveld ...
is sometimes called 'Wilgedorp' because of the willow trees along the furrows lining the streets. The town was established on the farms Middelbosch and Doornfontein which were presented for this purpose to the Transvaal Republic by Commandant Hendrik Greeff in 1866. The town was the focus of diamond fever between 1925 and 1930 and, while it lasted, there were some 50 000 diggers and 100 000 labourers ...
The original name of the city, Mahikeng, literally means "the place among rocks". The name refers to the volcanic rocks that provided temporary shelter to Stone Age humans in their hunt on animals drinking water in the Molopo River. This name was given to the area in 1852 by early BaRolong chiefs who had settled along the river, near the present day village of Rooigrond, after the upheaval of the "Difequane". ...
The main routes to and from Gauteng (Pretoria, Johannesburg, Vereeniging), the economic centre of South Africa, passes through the town to the neighbouring countries of Namibia and Botswana. Ottosdal is the only place in South Africa where the unique "Wonderstone" or Pyrophyllite, is found and mined. The annual agricultural show in Ottosdal is one of the oldest in the Province. Attractions The ...
In 1928 the settlement was named Roosville in honour of Tielman Roos, member of parliament for Lichtenburg, but the name did not find favour and the original name was restored in 1952. Sannieshof lies in the heart of a large maize producing region. Attractions The Barberspan Dam 30 km west of town, the pan is ecologically important since it is a large body of permanent water in an area of seasonal ...
The town that grew around the parish became known by the abbreviated form of its original name - Coetzee's Rust. Mixed farming and mining of minerals like lead and chrome are the backbone of the economy in this bushveld town. Attractions Kleinfontein Memorial Kaditshwene Village Ruins Zeerust Museum Cultural-history museum with objects from the Marico district Marula Kop An Iron Age settlement ...
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GPS Co-Ordinates: 26° 9' 35" E / 26° 8' 50.2" S
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Directions to Lichtenburg Tourism in Lichtenburg, Central Region
|Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport|
|Address: O R Thambo Airport Road, OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), Kempton Park 1627, South Africa|
|Distance: 0.3 km / Duration: 2 hours 42 mins|
|1.||Head northwest||0.5 km|
|2.||Take exit 46 on the right to merge onto R24 toward Johannesburg||8.4 km|
|3.||Take the exit onto N12/R24||1.7 km|
|4.||Take exit 113 for N3 S/N12 toward M2/Kimberley/Germiston/Durban||1.2 km|
|5.||Merge onto N12/N3|
Continue to follow N12
|6.||Take exit 67 for M68 toward Soweto||0.4 km|
|7.||Keep right at the fork, follow signs for N12/Bloemfontein/Kimbereley and merge onto N12||4.9 km|
|8.||Keep left to continue on Moroka Bypass/N12, follow signs for Potchefstroom/Kimberley||36.8 km|
|9.||Turn right onto R501||19.0 km|
|10.||Turn right onto West Drie||1.8 km|
|11.||Continue onto Agnew Rd||1.6 km|
|12.||Agnew Rd turns slightly left and becomes South St||0.6 km|
|13.||Turn right onto Ada St||1.6 km|
|14.||Continue onto R500||5.2 km|
|15.||Turn left toward N14||10.8 km|
|16.||Turn left onto N14||108 km|
|17.||Continue onto R503||18.8 km|
|18.||Continue onto Blokkies Dr||0.6 km|
|19.||Continue onto R503||1.3 km|
|20.||Continue onto Kalkweg Wy||0.7 km|
|21.||Continue onto R503||0.5 km|
|22.||Continue straight onto Melville St/R52|
Continue to follow R52
|23.||Continue onto Doctor Nelson Mandela Dr|
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Things to do near Lichtenburg, Central Region
|Lichtenburg, Central Region »||Current||Current|
|Coligny, Central Region »||23 mins||28.1 km|
|Sannieshof, Central Region »||46 mins||58.6 km|
|Mafikeng, Central Region »||44 mins||65.1 km|
|Ottosdal, Central Region »||1 hour 8 mins||78.2 km|
|Zeerust, Central Region »||1 hour 5 mins||80.9 km|
|Groot Marico, Central Region »||1 hour 33 mins||82.2 km|
|Delareyville, Central Region »||1 hour 14 mins||99.9 km|