Heidelberg is a town at the foot of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve next to the N3 highway, which connects Johannesburg and Durban. Only 50km from Johannesburg and 60km from OR Tambo International Airport.
Heidelberg has played an important part in South African history acting as a capital for the Boer republic during the war with Great Britain. During the First War of Independence, Heidelberg served as the capital of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek under the Triumvirate of Paul Kruger, P.J. Joubert and M.W. Pretorius.
The “Jo’burg to Sea” mountain bike stage race starts in Heidelberg. There is every year a “Varkfees” festival with singers from all around South Africa. The “Outdoor X” show is held just outside Heidelberg on the Malonjeni Guest Farm.
Visit the AG Visser House where the renowned Afrikaans poet Dr AG Visser lived and practised as the local doctor. The house was built in 1890 and Visser wrote all his poems in the house.
Another of the must-see places to visit in Gauteng is the Diepkloof Farm Museum established in the 1850s. The farmhouse is one of the buildings that still remained after the war and has been restored to its original state – with period furniture and crockery. The farm buildings include the original home, wagon barn and a school consisting of a classroom, storage and quarters for a teacher. Pop into the café situated next to the farm for some treats.
Also, visit the Heidelberg Transport Museum that showcases the history of transport from penny-farthings to Model T Fords and Formula One cars.
The beautiful Klipkerk is one of Heidelberg’s well-preserved stone churches. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1890.
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