- North West
Wolmaransstad is situated in the North West Province, almost halfway between Johannesburg, the City of Gold, and Kimberley, home to the Big Hole – and for this reason it forms part of the N12 Treasure Route!
This small town has proven to be especially ideal for agriculture and as a result is a successful maize farming town. The hot summers (up to 40 degrees Celsius) and cold winters (below 0 degrees) are also ideal for cattle farming.
Wolmaransstad lies in the valley of the Makwassie stream where diamond digging is one of the most important activities. The town is therefore an important diamond buying centre, in fact, buyers visit this town regularly to buy uncut diamonds on auction at the Diamond Exchange. The Diggers Diamond Route is a must when visiting and takes visitors back to the discovery of diamonds in the region, the establishment of the mines and the subsequent diamond rush.
Other attractions include a Nature Reserve for hiking, birdwatching, fishing and other outdoor activities as well as various sandstone buildings, in particular, the Thomas Leask House, a trading store that boasted guests like South African President Paul Kruger.
Wolmaransstad has a variety of B & B’s and Guest Houses in town as well as a Game or Hunting Lodges in the surrounding area.
Things to do and see
- Dutch Reformed Church
- Thomas Leask House
- Wolwespruit Nature Reserve
- Makwassie Conservation Area
- Broadbent Mission Station
- N12 Treasure Route
- Diggers Diamond Local Tour
- Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails
Wolmaransstad receives approximately 590 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 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily flights into Lanseria Airport and O R Tambo International Airport approximately 251 km’s away and into Kimberley Airport approximately 235 km’s away via the N12. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
At the point where the main road from Kimberley to Johannesburg bridges the river, the town Wolmaransstad was laid out in 1891 on the banks of the Makwasi River (San word for a type of wild spearmint). It took its name from JMA Wolmarans, a volksraad councilman.
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