Sasolburg is a small town situated in the Northern Free State. Established as a town in the 1950’s, Sasolburg forms part of what is known as the Vaal Triangle, which includes Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging.
Sasolburg is known for its oil refinery which dominates the town. Rapidly expanding over the years the town has only one of two workable coal-derived oil refineries in the world. Originally established as providing housing for the employees of SASOL, the popularity and beauty of the surrounds make it what it is today.
Due to the altitude of the town, it has a relatively dry climate with hot summers and cold winters.
Being on the southern banks of the Vaal River and close to the expansive Vaal Dam, Sasolburg offers tourists a host of water based activities, of which windsurfing is very popular.
Sasolburg is most well known for its unique oil-from-coal installation, but it has plenty else to see and do:
• The Riemland Museum and Riemland Wine Route at Heilbron, an hour’s drive away. You don’t have to travel to the Cape to experience the delights of some of the best wines in the world. Two farms in the Heilbron District near Sasolburg have come together to form the Riemland Wine Route – an authentic Cape wine tasting experience in 100-year-old cellars with wooden tables, narrow-rimmed wine-sniffing glasses, spittoons and water jugs for cleansing the palate.
Francolin Creek markets the boutique wines of Kloovenburg Vineyards, Shiraz Country, Riebeek Kasteel, Groote Post and Babylon’s Peak.
Goedehoop Wine Cellar markets the well-known Van Loveren wines from the Van Loveren Estate near Robertson.
• An Olympic size swimming pool and world-class athletics facilities.
• The Ettienne Rousseau Theatre which hosts a wide range of Afrikaans and other artists.
• Gallery 88 which houses a stunning collection of contemporary South African art.
• A bird sanctuary with up to 70 species of Highveld birds.
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