- Eastern Cape
At only 17.4 square kilometres in area, and home to only about 8000 residents, Steynsburg is the ideal destination for peace and tranquillity and is thus luring new residents from all over the country. There are a range of facilities from the usual banks, filing stations, clinic, shops and cafés as well as a quaint farmer’s co-op, small library and 9-hole golf course.
The beauty of the area, combined with its secluded location, is also drawing tourists who wish to break away and experience the natural countryside for some relaxation. Visitors will experience hot summers with beautiful sunsets and star-filled night skies and in winter perhaps even snow. Hiking, biking and 4X4 trails can be found in the surrounding area and the small towns neighbours have a few activities and places of interest to visit.
Steynsburg has a long history of its own with a few historic buildings to admire, including former President Paul Kruger’s home on neighbouring farm “Bulhoek”.
There are only two accommodation options within the town, but the surrounding area offers a wide range of other accommodation options.
Things to do and see
- Grood Doringhoek Pass
- Commando Drift Nature Reserve
- Steynsburg Dutch Reformed Church
- Historic Buildings
- Steynsburg Golf Course
Steynsburg receives approximately 436 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 18˚C.
There are daily flights into the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, approximately 304 km’s away via the N1 and into the East London Airport, approximately 337 km’s away via the N6. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Steynburg was founded in 1872 and has since its earliest days been used for sheep farming because of the areas’ scrubby vegetation.
The town was named after Douwe G Steyn, the grandfather of former President, Paul Kruger who also lived in the area in his earlier years.
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