Surrender Hill is situated 10 km outside the town of Clarens in the Free State, South Africa.
Surrender Hill is an Anglo-Boer War Battlefield and marks the site where the Free State Boer Commandos, under the Command of General Marthinus Prinsloo, surrendered to the British troops on the 31st July 1900. It was proclaimed a Heritage Site in 1986 and a must-visit for its' history and the spectacular views the hill affords.
The defeat at this site was one of the most serious setbacks for the Boers and 4 314 men lost their lives. The British also destroyed numerous Boer weapons and six million rounds of ammunition, captured three field guns and 2 800 of the Boers cattle. Approximately 1 500 Boers escaped, but 3 000 were captured and the prisoners were exiled to Ceylon in Bermuda and St Helena. They were only allowed to return to South Africa if they swore allegiance to the British Crown – many never did!
The site is host to the annual Surrender Hill Marathon, a tough 42 Km race and Comrades Marathon qualifier.
No admission fee
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels. Winter nights can drop below freezing.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 16˚C.
There are domestic and/or international flights into the Johannesburg, Durban or Bloemfontein Airports on a daily basis and car rental companies are available for easy access to Clarens. All three cities are approximately a three to four hour drive away.
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