The 2 260 square km district is prime sheep and cattle ranching country and their main crops are wheat and maize. Set out in the countryside with farmland as your backdrop, Dewetsdorp offers plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family such as hiking, mountain biking and 4X4 Trails.
Most of the town's attractions and tourist sites relate to the struggle of the soldiers in the Anglo-Boer War and include Memorial, Monuments, Grave sites and Heritage sites. The town’s rich history makes for many locally produced and historical souvenirs sold in quaint tourist craft shops and stalls.
Dewetsdorp offers a wide variety of visitor accommodation including bed and breakfasts, guest houses, lodges, self-catering units and camping facilities.
Things to do and see
- Dewetsdorp Town Hall
- Centenary Festival Monument
- Twin Memorial
- De Wet Grave
- British Anglo-Boer War Monument
- War Graves
- Dewetsdorp Golf Course
Dewetsdorp receives approximately 496 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 18˚C.
The town was set up in 1880, without approval of the Volksraad, by field-cornet Jacobus de Wet, father of the Boer War general Christiaan de Wet on the farm Kareefontein.
Eventually recognized officially, the town became a municipality and named De Wet in 1890. General Christian de Wet successfully attacked English forces stationed there in November 1900 and the town was the scene of heavy fighting in the Second Anglo-Boer War.
In 1927 three officials died when the town hall was blown up by one Huibrecht Jacob de Leeuw in an attempt to cover up evidence of his embezzlement of town funds. The new Town Hall built in 1928 was declared a South African Heritage Site in 1995.
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