Standerton lies on the banks of the Vaal River in the region of Cosmos Country, approximately 150 km outside of Johannesburg. Although mostly a commercial and agricultural hub which specialises in mining, Standerton has a fascinating history and is a popular weekend getaway!
On the outskirts of town is the Grootdraai Dam, the tenth largest Dam in the country, which is one of Standerton’s biggest attractions. The dam was originally built to supply water to the Sasol 2 and Sasol 3 plants at Secunda and today supplies a number of Eskom's power stations, but it is also a recreational resort over the weekends and during the holidays to visitors and locals alike.
The Dam provides many opportunities for water activities and the surrounding cosmos fields and willow trees make for a picturesque setting for a picnic.
Standerton’s rich history means there are monuments and memorials to visit for the history enthusiasts and most of the surrounding farms offer horse-riding and hiking trails. The towns amenities provide day to day entertainment like malls, restaurants and movie houses.
Standerton offers a wide range of accommodation which includes B&B’s, Guest houses, self-catering units and camping.
Things to do and see
- Grootdraai Dam
- Voortrekker Memorial
- Anglo-Boer War Memorial
- Standerton Golf Course
- Lake Umuzi Waterfront, Secunda
- Graceland Casino & Golf Resort, 65 km
- Sediba Trail, 120 km
Standerton receives approximately 663 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 -1˚C and 23˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 164 Km away via the R23 and N3 and into Lanseria Airport, approximately 195 km away via the R23. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Standerton was named after Adrian Hedrik Stander, the owner of the farm on which the town was established.
During the Anglo-Transvaal War a garrison of 350 British soldiers were besieged in the town. A Transvaal force occupied Standerskop and peppered the town with bullets each day for the three months of the siege until the war ended and the garrison marched away with flying colours.
The British published a newspaper, the Standerton News, throughout the siege, and copies are collectors pieces.
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