- Free State
Reitz is a small town halfway between Bethlehem and Frankfort and only a two hour drive from Johannesburg, and has thus made it onto the list of weekend getaways for Johannesburg and Pretoria residents.
This quaint farming town is known for its massive grain silos – the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere – and thrives as a maize and cattle farming town and is surprisingly very pleasing on the eye! Reitz is surrounded by corn fields, or “mielie” as South Africans call it and the town itself has been developed around a historical and beautiful sandstone church.
Each year in February Reitz hosts the very successful “BielieMielie Festival” - well sponsored and fun filled Corn Harvest festival with entertainment for the whole family.
The natural surroundings make for an outdoor lifestyle with wonderful activities and attractions and like most Free State towns, Reitz is an ideal little space in which to escape.
Another huge draw card is that Reitz is only a 45 minute drive from the very popular and scenic village of Clarens which offers many more interesting attractions and activities.
Reitz has many cosy accommodation options including guesthouses and self-catering facilities.
Things to do and see
- Reitz Grain Silos
- Anglo-Boer War Monument
- Sandstone Church
- Bushman Rock Art
- Rose Nursery
- Riemland Route
Reitz receives approximately 709 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Johannesburg’s, O R Tambo Airport, approximately 232 km away via the R26 and N3 and into Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer Airport approximately 306 km’s away via the R707, and N1. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
The town was founded in 1889 on the farm Langspruit, owned by Hendrik Daval. The next owner developed an important outpost for transport riders. A shop owner by the name of Singer managed the Post after opening his store here and with the arrival of the blacksmith and others, the town grew.
The first plots began to be sold and the village began to be formed. It was five years later when the Volksraad authority to establish the town came through, President Reitz visited to make the proclamation personally, and the people living there requested that the place take his name. In 1903 it became a municipal area.
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