The town is a little underwhelming, other than the holiday resort near Wentzel Dam which is a popular spot for anglers and bird watchers. The town offers a few historical sites of interest which includes the Kliphuisie Guesthouse, a national monument and the site of the towns first police station and the facade of the town's bank which has remained unaltered since it was built in the early 1900’s.
Approximately 20 km out of town on the Delareyville Road are San Bushman rock paintings thought to be over 20 000 years old!
Small it may be, but Schweizer-Reneke is the birthplace of a number of well-known South African personalities, such as politicians Ahmed Kathrada and Essop Pahad, former rugby captain Wynand Claassen and artist Irma Stern. The Afrikaans poet, Elizabeth Eybers, grew up in the town.
Surprisingly, Schweizer-Reneke has an adequate selection of Guesthouses for overnight visitors and the Golf Club also offers limited accommodation.
Things to do and see
- Voortrekker Monument
- Memorial Library
- Town Hall
- Dutch Reformed Church
- San Art Rock Paintings
- Wentzel Dam
- Schweizer-Reneke Golf Course
Schweizer-Reneke receives approximately 476 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 22˚C.
There are daily flights into Lanseria Airport, approximately 349 Km’s away via the N14, O R Tambo Aiport approximate 354 km’s away via the N12 and into Kimberley Airport approximately 215 km’s away via the N12. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
The rather odd name for an African town hails back to the battle against the Korrona in 1885. The town was founded in 1888 and named after two soldiers, Captain Schweizer and Field Cornet Reneke, who died in this battle, along with eight others while attacking the stronghold of the Khoi Koi Koranna Khoe in an attempt to put an end to cattle rustling in the area.
The chief of the Koranna was David Massouw and the ruins of his settlement can still be seen on Massaoukop, also known as Mamusa Hill.
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