Sasolburg can be found in the northernmost corner of the Free State, on the banks of the Vaal River. It forms part of the well-known Vaal Triangle along with Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging.

Sasolburg is a pleasant town, known for the glow of the exhaust flames and the distinctive, sweetish odour from the Sasol Refinery, the reason for the towns existence. Interestingly, despite all the industrial activities, Sasolburg has a wonderful environmental awareness program and is home to more flora than people. Approximately 72 000 trees have been planted in Sasolburg and the town boasts almost 12 000 oak trees, including 26 different oak variants.

The towns location on the banks of the Vaal River, and its’ close proximity to the Vaal Dam, is all part of Sasolburg’s appeal. The area is famous for weekend getaways where visitors keep themselves entertained with a host of water sports and other leisure activities like hiking, theatre, art and weekend markets.

When it comes to accommodation there is no shortage of hotels, guest houses, self-catering units, B&B’s and caravan and camping parks.

Things to do and see

  • Gallery 88
  • Ettiene Rousseau Theatre
  • Highveld Botanical Gardens
  • Leuspruit Hiking Trails
  • Bongani Mabaso Eco Park
  • Vaal River & Vaal Dam

Climate

Sasolburg receives approximately 638 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 28˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 17˚C.

Transport

There are daily domestic and international flights into Johannesburg’s, O R Tambo Airport and Lanseria International Airport approximately 83 km’s away via the R59. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.

History

Sasolburg owes its existence, and name, to the petro-chemical industry. The town was laid out in the early 1950’s in order to provide housing and facilities for SASOL (South African Coal, Oil and Gas) employees. Its refinery is one of the only two viable coal-derived oil refineries in the world.

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