This maize and sunflower farming community is also one of many mining towns in the province however, Ottosdal just happens to be the only town where pyrophyllite, a soft mineral commonly known as the “wonderstone” is found and mined.
Apart from the historical value of the town - visitors can visit a Remembrance Garden for soldiers who died in the Anglo-Boer War, the old Water Mill built in 1860 that is now a national monument and a few remaining Boer mansions built back in 1907 to name a few - Ottosdal is not exactly a tourist destination. The town is not much more than its’ farming community with a few supermarkets and coffee shops lying in the shadow of the towns’ most prominent landmark, the huge bank of grain silos on the outskirts of the town.
Ottosdal features the odd game farm and country guesthouse but for tourists the town could be seen more as a day trip while perhaps staying overnight in Klerksdorp.
Things to do and see
- Old British Fort
- Old Water Mill
- San Rock Art
- Garden of Remembrance
- Battle of Boschbult Site
- Bloemhof Dam, 109 km
Ottosdal receives approximately 591 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 21˚C.
Ottosdal was formed around a new Dutch Reformed Church in 1913 and was officially proclaimed a town in 1917.
The town is named after GP Otto, the owner of the farm Korannafontein on which the town was built.
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