Indwe is a small historical mining town with not much to do except the beautiful Reformed Church is worth a visit. Most travellers pass through the town when taking the R56 as an alternative route to the Transkei. This route may take a little longer but allows the traveller to explore a few little out of the way towns and offers a more scenic drive over a few mountain passes.
Its rural and remote position offers very little for travellers other than a country feel. Dairy and sheep farming is the mainstay of the area.
Things to do and see
- Barker’s Nek Pass
- Indwe Poort Drive
- Indwe Reformed Church
- Doornrivier Dam
- Indwe Golf Course
Indwe receives approximately 586 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 20˚C.
The town was founded in 1896 as a coal-mining centre after the railway line was completed in March of the same year. By 1899 the coal mine produced well over 100 000 tons of coal a year. Unfortunately, by 1917 the coal mine closed down because better quality coal had been discovered in the Transvaal.
Indwe Railway station was one of the busiest stations in South Africa offering people from the rural Transkei a port of entry to Johannesburg and Cape Town up until 1994.
The town takes its name from the Indwe River, so named after the Blue Crane, the bird emblem of South Africa – the Xhosa word for the blue crane is Indwe.
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