Senekal is situated between Winburg and Bethlehem on the main N5 road in the Free State province. The town is still one of the more underdeveloped towns in the province with a population of approximately four thousand residents, mainly Afrikaans and Sotho speaking.
The town lies on a major truck and traffic route and when first entering town visitors will notice the wide streets, at least five petrol stations and a few lovely period cottages. Senekal is a town full of rich history with the Church Square Monuments, a poets’ home and a beautiful town Church with a tranquil garden, which tourists are encouraged to visit and have lunch in this collection of olive, herbal and palm flora.
The Senekal tourist office is very helpful with a map of the towns’ monuments and other historical sites.
Senekal offers accommodation facilities such as guest houses, guest farms, self-catering units and camping sites.
Things to do and see
- Holhoek Hiking Trail
- Biddelphsburg Anglo-Boer War Battle Site
- Senekal Dutch Reformed Church
- The Bible Garden
- Church Square Monuments
- AD Keet House
Senekal receives approximately 567 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer Airport approximately 180 Km away via the N5 and N1. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Senekal was established on the banks of the Klipspruit River, a Vaal tributary, on the farm De Put in 1877. The residents had campaigned for the foundation of a town since 1873 because their settlement area was too far removed from Winburg.
Senekal was named after Commandant-General Frederik Petrus Senekal who died in 1865 during the skirmishes with the Basotho people.
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