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Third Largest Town in the Free State
Kroonstad is situated almost exactly halfway between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, a perfect pitstop when travelling along the N1.
Not just a pitstop though, Kroonstad is also a wonderful destination to visit. It is said to be one of the Free State’s loveliest towns - the green agricultural lands bring a sense of peacefulness to the town which lies on the banks of the Vals River. Loved for its wide, open spaces and abundance of vegetation, Kroonstad is a paradise for nature lovers.
Activities include fishing on the Vals River or Bloemhok Dam, hiking trails, birdwatching, horse riding and golfing at the Kroonstad Country Club!
Kroonstad has a few immaculately preserved historical buildings which give it a nostalgic atmosphere. Some of the fine examples of Herbert Baker architecture can be seen in the Post Office, Standard Bank, and City Hall.
Kroonstad accommodation includes a few Guesthouse, B&B’s, self-catering units, Lodges and a Hotel.
Things to do and see
- Boskoppie Lion & Nature Reserve
- Vals River & Bloemhok Dam
- Kroonstad City Hall
- Boer War Concentration Camp Cemetery
- Sarel Cilliers Museum
- Kroonstad Golf Course
Kroonstad receives approximately 604 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 24˚C.
There are daily flights into O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg approximately 220 km away via the N1. Car hire facilities are available at all Airports.
Kroonstad was established in 1855, and while there is some debate as to how the town got its name, it is believed by locals that the it was named after a horse by the name of Kroon. The horse belonged to Voortrekker Sarel Cilliers and died in a tragic drowning accident in a stream that was located where the town now stands. Afterwards the stream was known as Kroonspruit.
During the Boer War, the British built a concentration camp in Kroonstad to house women and children. Over 2000 Boer women and children were laid to rest here as a result of the war.
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