Hobhouse is small town situated on the southernmost tip of the Free State, close to the Caledon River near the Lesotho border and 56 km south of Ladybrand.
This tiny agricultural hamlet of Hobhouse is more of a curiosity, rather than a tourist destination, on the R26 Maloti Route between Ladybrand and Wepener, a route taken for the rural and mountain scenery of this part of South Africa. There is however, an interesting archaeological site on the Lemoenhoeks farm and San rock art can be found in many caves around the Caledon river.
Other points of interest are the miniature Church built in 1938 to commemorate the great trek centenary and a collection of more than 600 dolls dating back to the 19th century which can be viewed in the Doll Museum.
Things to do and see
- Doll Museum
- Miniature Church
- Leeu River Dam
- Arminia Game Reserve
- Maloti Route 26
Hobhouse receives approximately 628 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
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 21˚C.
The small town of Hobhouse was founded in 1912 and named after the British suffragette, Emily Hobhouse, who worked on behalf of the Boer women and children in British concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War.
Emily Hobhouse visited the war-torn South Africa during the Anglo Boer War and was appalled at the conditions in the concentration camps. She promptly started nursing and welfare services amongst the Boer women.
Hobhouse was laid out on the farm Poortjie and attained municipal status in 1913 and today the centre of a region producing maize, wheat, cheese and livestock.
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