Aliwal North lies on the border of the Free State and Eastern Cape on the Friendly N6 route between Bloemfontein and East London. It is situated on the bank of the Gariep River (previously the Orange River). It is within an hour’s drive from Burgersdorp, Rouxville, Lady Grey and the Gariep Dam.
Aliwal North Attractions:
The town’s 2 hot mineral springs are 34°C and soothe aching bodies. The fullness of the Gariep River is a lovely sight, and is popular with canoeists.
There is ancient San rock art in the caves around the area.
The Juana Square Gardens in the centre of Aliwal North are named after Sir Harry Smith’s wife, Juana Maria de Los Dolores de Leon. The Post and Magistrate’s Office is a lovely sandstone building c.1896. Have a look at the De Wet Huis and Pioneersmonument; the Aliwal Museum, housed in the old library built in 1876; and the Kerkplein Museum. The Anglo-Boer War Gardens of Remembrance commemorate the deaths of 720 men, women and children who died in concentration camps. Die Tolhuis (The Tollhouse) was built in 1880, and is a National Monument.
Buffelspruit Nature Reserve has buffalo, zebra, oryx, and large herds of other antelope.
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