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Stella is a small town situated in the Bophirima Region of the North-West Province, between Mahikeng and Vryburg.
This is a small cattle farming town, with a population of just over 4 000 people, known for its annual Cattle Festival and it exceptionally quiet lifestyle which offers visitors a truly relaxing and peaceful break from the city life.
Stellaland, as it is still fondly referred to, is also known for the famous people who visited such as David Livingstone and Robert Moffat. However, today the area relies heavily on tourism to survive and invites visitors to come hiking and biking and to enjoy the wildlife – the area is known for the number of lions in the area and there are a few Game Lodges to choose from.
Other activities include important and historical archaeological sites or just enjoying a picnic at the Blue Pools in the Taung area.
Stella accommodation includes some Game Lodges as well as a few B&B’s and Guest Houses.
Things to do and see
- Taung Heritage Site
- Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve
- Taung Dam
- Taung Shopping Centre
- Stella Golf Course
- Dinkgwaneng Site, 110 km
Stella receives approximately 474 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
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 0˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Johannesburg’s, O R Tambo International Airport approximately 397 Km away via the N14 and into Lanseria Airport, approximately 356 km away via the N14. Local flights from O R Tambo to Mahikeng, 114 km away via the N18, are available three times a week. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
The first white people settled in the area in 1882 and the following year a fight broke out between the baTlhaping and the Korana under David Mossweu.
The town was laid out in the 1920’s and named after the daughter of the farmer on whose land the town was founded. The farm was often used for church gatherings.
The name Stella means “star” and the reason for this naming could possibly derive from the region being known as Stellaland.
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