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Reddersburg is a tiny town which came into being on a farm around the old Reformed Church. The town lies approximately 60 km south of Bloemfontein.
Reddersburg is one of those sleepy little backwater towns most people simply drive through, but it serves well as a sleep over spot when travelling on to the Eastern Cape. What is remarkable about the town is the warmth and hospitality it offers its visitors. Other reasons for spending the weekend is when hunting in the vicinity.
The town is full of historical sites revolving around the Anglo-Boer War - during the Second Boer War, Reddersburg was the site of one of the last victories for the Boer forces over the British. The Mostertshoek Battlefield is a definite must-see for historical enthusiasts as this is the exact spot where the white flag of the British forces was hoisted up. A few British graves can also be found in the Reddersburg Cemetery.
The Reformed Church is also a popular reason for a stop over in Reddersburg. The church was built in 1925/27, the architect Gerhard Mordyk, the same person who later built the Pretoria Voortrekker Monument.
Reddersburg has very limited accommodation, but the old Sarie Marie Hotel is ideal for overnight stays.
Things to do and see
- Reddersburg Obelisk
- Anglo-Boer War Memorial
- Republic Monument
- Reddersburg Reformed & Dutch Reformed Churches
- Mosterhoek Battlefield
Reddersburg receives approximately 502 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 21˚C.
Reddersburg began as a new Dutch Reformed parish on the Vlakfontein Farm which was bought for 1500 pounds for this purpose in August 1859. The town was laid out two years later and named Reddersburg (Saviours Fort).
The town was run by the Church until 1894, under very strict moral laws, to the extent where even the use of profane language could have you banished from the town.
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