Hanover is a small town and is often described as the town in the middle of South Africa. The town lies halfway between most major cities of South Africa i.e. halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town; between Cape Town and Durban and between Upington and Port Elizabeth. Before the arrival of cars, all roads led to Hanover and virtually all travelers passed through this little town.
Nestled in the southeastern section of the Northern Cape known as the Great Karoo, Hanover is an ideal stopover for travelers driving to and from Johannesburg and the Western Cape. The town, in its heyday, was home to the wealthy and eccentric and it still has remnants of the early 1900’s architecture. The well-known Author, Olive Schreider who championed women’s rights lived here between 1900 and 1907 and her typical Karoo Cottage is now a National Monument.
Hanover is a quiet and peaceful town, but it is an interesting little town that will be worth the overnight stop. There are a few outdoor activities and Nature Reserves in the area for anyone who would like to spend a little more time in the beauty of the Karoo.
Accommodation in the area includes the Hanover Lodge Hotel as well as quaint Guest Houses and camping and caravan parks.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Trappieskop Hike
- Hanover Museum
- Olive Schreider Cottage
- Visit the Rugby Addict
- Visit the Spider Lady
- Karoo Gariep Conservancy Mountain Bike Route
- Molteno Pass
- Ouberg pass
Rainfall occurs in the mid-summer months, with February and March seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 15˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein. Hanover is approximately 305 km away and car rental companies are located at the Airport.
Hanover can also be reached along the N1 from Johannesburg, approximately 698 km, or Cape Town, approximately 705 km.
April/May – AfrikaBurn Festival (Colesberg): This is a freedom of expression festival with the intention of building a temporary community. If you participate in this festival you are expected to assist in whatever way you can. Visitors camp out providing everything for themselves from food and water to shelter. There are no cash sales or promotions of any kind. This is an exercise in total self-reliance.
October/November – Philipstown Wire Car Grand Prix: Community building event where runners, with their wire cars, run a 3 km race from the outskirts of Philipstown to the main road.
In 1854 Gert Gous agreed to the setting-up of a township on his farm provided that it was to be called Hanover, after the birthplace of his German ancestors from Hanover.
Adequate water was available from a spring at the foot of a group of hillocks and the town steadily expanded, becoming the centre of a world-famous merino sheep-raising area.
The nucleus of the town was the Dutch Reformed Church.
Hanover's first magistrate, C. R. Beere, directed the laying-out of the streets and planting of peppercorn trees. His work for the township is commemorated in the stone pyramid on the summit of the Trappieskoppie - 'hillock of little steps'.
A footpath which he made leads to the memorial from which there is a commanding view of the surrounding countryside.
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