- Northern Cape
- Sydney on Vaal
Sydney on Vaal, Northern Cape
Sydney on Vaal is a historic alluvial diamond mining village. It has always been a secluded and private village and has soon come to even be called a ghost town. A gravel road winds through old diamond digging areas before crossing the Vaal River and entering the private village. Although a little run-down, the town still epitomises turn-of-the-century colonial elegance and offers some wonderful Victorian style architecture to admire.
Despite its small size, Sydney on Vaal consists really of a general dealer, garage, municipal buildings and a church, the small village offers a few attractions which includes the Mendelssohn Library containing what is arguably the finest private collection of rare volumes in the country.
Accommodation for day visits into Sydney on Vaal includes Guest Houses, B&B’s and self-catering units in the surrounding area.
Things to do and see
- Mendelssohn Library
- Sydney on Vaal Church
- The Vaal River
- Barkly West Museum, 30 km
- Canteen Koppie, 32 km
Sydney On Vaal receives approximately 419 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Spring and Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 34˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 23˚C.
Founded in 1902, Sydney on Vaal is variously named after Sidney Mendelssohn, Director of the Vaal River Diamond and Exploration Company which owned the land, as well as its situation on the Vaal River and after Sydney Shippard, Acting Attorney of the Executive Council of Griqualand West in 1872.
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