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Petrusville is just one of many isolated little villages in the midst of the Karoo’s endless plateaus, where an infinite sky and horizon seem to go on without end! It is a typical Upper Karoo, semi-desert town with flat hilltops and open fields.
The stillness allows for complete relaxation, which would be one of the reasons to visit this little village, the other being to visit the Vanderkloof Dam perhaps. The Dam lies less than thirty minutes from Petrusville and is the second largest dam in South Africa with a wall that towers to 108 metres. The Dam offers water adventures such as kayaking, fishing, boating and sailing
The small town itself has a few points of interest but another large drawcard to visiting Petrusville is the Rolfontein Nature Reserve. The short 4 km Pied Barbet Trail is a popular past time, but the reserve also has excellent overnight trails you can book ahead of time.
Petrusville has a few self-catering and guesthouse accommodation options within a 20 km radius.
Things to do and see
- Rolfontein Nature Reserve
- Vanderkloof Dam
- Doornkloof Nature Reserve
- Dutch Reformed Church Museum
- Pillar Fountain
- San Rock Art, by appointment at Kraaibosch Farm
Petrusville receives approximately 348 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Kimberley Airport, approximately 198 km away via the R48 and into Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer Airport approximately 242 km’s away via the R48 and N8. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Petrusville was founded in 1822 on the farm Rhenosterfontein and named Petrusville, after Petrus Jacobus van der Walt, the owner of the farm at the time. Mr van der Walt bought the farm in 1810 and donated a portion of his land to the Dutch Reformed Church for the purpose of establishing the Church and town.
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