- Free State
Most of this part of the country makes its money from farming and Petrusburg from what is called “mixed farming” - which explains a preference for sheep farming supplemented with potatoes, maize, corn and sunflowers. The town is well-known for its Aardtapple Fees (Potato Festival) from previous years! Petrusburg is also known for its fine examples of Victorian architecture.
Nearby attractions include a game farm offering game drives and horse riding and the Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve offers another escape to the outdoors. Both Kimberley and Bloemfontein offer wonderful attractions for day excursions.
Whether you are staying a night or two or just passing through, the Diamond and Wine Route may be a detour you want to follow. The Route follows the original diamond prospectors through the region and includes open diamond mines at Koffiefontein (diamonds from this mine are sought after world-wide) and the mining village of Jagersfontein, almost directly south of Petrusburg, which boasts an even bigger man-made diamond hole than the Big Hole of Kimberley - also on the route are the wine farms of Landzicht and Wilreza around Jacobsdal.
Petrusburg has comfortable accommodation which includes Guesthouses and B&B’s.
Things to do and see
- Petrusburg NG Kerk
- Diamond and Wine Route
- Kandiri Game Lodge
- Kalkfontein Dam
Petrusburg receives approximately 432 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -1˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Kimberley Airport approximately 77 km away and into Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer Airport approximately 81 km’s away via the N8. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
The town was originally started on a farm close to Emmaus, a railway station on the line between Bloemfontein and Kimberley and the foundations can still be seen, but due to a shortage of water there, they had to move to the present location where a strong fountain was running. The water was in such abundance that the first houses were supplied with free running water.
Petrusburg was named after Petrus Albertus Venter on whose farm ‘Diepfontein’ or 'Deep Fountain' it was built.
The town started out as a Dutch Reformed Church in 1891 and served the farms in the area.
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