Bloemhof, a maize and cattle farming town, is situated on the banks of the Vaal River.
It was founded in August 1864 when diamonds were discovered in the area. The town was established on the farm owned by John Barclay, who survived the HMS Birkenhead shipwreck in 1852. The place became known as Bloemhof (flower court) because of the lovely gardens that were planted by Barclay’s daughter.
In June 1869, the South African Republic’s Volksraad created a new district called Bloemhof named after the town itself. Today Bloemhof has a variety of social milieus; it has a township called Boitumelong and a former coloured residence called Coverdale. Salamat is also a small residence formerly an Indian suburb which is situated in this town.
Attractions in Bloemhof include:
– Bloemhof Dam is a world-renowned fishing destination for carp and catfish. It is one of the most frequently visited dams for angling events.
– The Sandveld Nature Reserve is about 37,000 hectares (91,000 acres) in size. It is named after its sandy sandveld area, although part of its surface consists of thornveld savanna with camelthorn trees.
Among the large mammals present in the reserve are the white rhino, giraffe, sable antelope, roan antelope, African buffalo, blue wildebeest, and zebra.
– SA Lombard Nature Reserve
– Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve
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