Postmasburg is a small town situated approximately 68 Km north of Girquatown (Griekwastad) in the Northern Cape. It is completely surrounded by lush green foliage due to the area being fed by a lovely dam and several sparkling fountains
The town has some wonderful architecture and historical sites and can even boast its very own “Big Hole”, just like neighbouring town Kimberley. The open cast mine was permanently flooded in 1935 and as a result, a hole over 45 metres deep came into being and is now filled with fish. It’s a beautiful sight visited by many who travel this way.
Blinkklipkop, meaning “shinning Rock Hill”, is a wonderful archaeological site with indications that the Khoisan attempted mining specularite, a soft form of haematite, in this area as early as 700 AD.
The area also promising many thrilling 4X4 trails and hiking and biking trails. Bird lovers will enjoy the nearby Witsand Nature Reserve which boasts a large diversity of radiant birdlife.
Postmasburg has a variety of accommodation which includes B&B’s, self-catering and guesthouses.
Things to do and see
- Witsand Nature Reserve
- Blinkklipkop Archaeological Site
- Postmastbug “Big Hole” Diamond Mine
- Reformed Church & Rev Dirk Postma Statue
- Howitzer Gun & Civic Centre
- Langkloof Pass, Olifantshoek
Postmasburg receives approximately 342 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 22˚C.
There are the occasional domestic flights into Kimberley Airport approximately 203 km away via the R31 and into Upington Airport approximately 221 km away via the N14. Car hire facilities are available at all Airports.
Postmasburg was proclaimed a town in 1892 and named after Reverend J Postma, a founding member of the Dutch Reformed Church.
After a quiet start the town came alive with its own “diamond rush” - the first diamond was discovered in 1918. Then in 1922 manganese was discovered, followed in 1940 by the colossal iron deposits at Sishen.
These discoveries converted a dull area into a scene of tremendous mining activity.
An electrified railway was built in 1930 to convey ore to the main line north of Kimberley and another electrified line was built in 1974 to link the mines directly to the sea at Saldanha.
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