Delareyville is a tiny, yet prosperous, farming town located approximately 80 km from Vryburg and has a total population of around 2 000 residents.
Delareyville is rich in history and boasts a number of historical tourist attractions in and around town from the Dutch Church, a national monument, to various war monuments and the Gestoptefontein – an old house with plenty of historical import.
The salt pans, with their iconic pink colouration, are a hotspot for flamingos. These elegant pink birds gather in their hordes to feed on the salty little snacks in the pan’s waters.
Despite being a small town, Delareyville has all the basic amenities and facilities including a golf course, pubs and restaurants.
The area is an integral part of South African agriculture. Maize, monkey nuts and salt are produced in vast quantities around Delareyville. The salt is extracted from two shallow pans in the vicinity which yield about 70 000 sacks every year. More than 2 million sacks of mealies are also harvested every year and the townspeople are proud of the fleet of 4 000 tractors registered in the district.
Delareyville has a selection of comfortable Guesthouses as well as a caravan park with camping facilities.
Things to do and see
- Barberspan Nature Reserve
- Henk Joubert Game Reserve
- Salt Pans
- Bosbult Boer War Monuments
- Rooiwaai Monument
- Dutch Reformed Church
- Delareyville Golf Course
Delareyville receives approximately 501 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 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 22˚C.
Delareyville was only established in 1913, far later than most other ‘Boer’ towns in South Africa, by Field-Cornet AP Visser on a farm named Zoutpan. He named the town after General Koos De la Rey, a famous Huguenot General in the Anglo-Boer War.
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