The town is quiet and somewhat secluded, but still holds some appeal to travellers who enjoy the outdoors. One of the most popular attractions is the Bloemhof Dam, only 30 minutes away, and known as one of the top fishing spots in the country. The Sandveld Nature Reserve is another big drawcard, wellknown as one of South Africa’s best birding venues. The Vaal River also offers excellent opportunities for all types of water sports.
The history of Christiana can be explored in the Diggers Museum and the San Bushmans Rock Art just 6 km outside of town on Farm Stowlands.
Christiana and the surrounding areas offer a variety of river front holiday homes, B&B’s, Guesthouses, Lodges and self-catering cottages.
Christiana receives approximately 458 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 21˚C.
Diamonds discovered in the gravels of the Vaal River in 1870 led to the hurried establishment of a town by the former Transvaal government to settle ownership of the diggings. It was named Christiana after the daughter of President Marthinus Pretorius.
The rush of diggers turned it into a boom town, with a rowdy community of prospectors, diamond dealers and liquor sellers. The flat countryside resembled a battlefield, scarred with mine workings and piled high with rubble. Diggers still work in the area, but only a few diamonds remain.
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