The name Vryburg comes from the period in the 1882 when Vryburg was established as the capital of the Republic of Stellaland. The Republicans called themselves Vryburgers (“free citizens”)
The town is situated halfway between Kimberley and Mahikeng. Vryburg is South Africa’s largest beef producing district, with Bonsmara cattle the most popular. It is sometimes called “the Texas of South Africa”.
Maize and peanuts are important crops produced in the district. The town hosts South Africa’s third largest agricultural show.
Attractions in and around Vryburg include:
– The Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve is located north west of the town. The reserve has a number of animal species including Rhino, Eland, Buffalo, Black Wildebeest, Waterbuck and Springbuck. It is open daily to the public.
– The Swartfontein resort is located adjacent to the reserve.
– Established as a stone church in 1904 by the London Missionary Station, Tierkloof Missionary Station now is a national monument.
– The Theiler Agricultural Museum & Cattle Research Centre. Found on the farm Armoedsvlakte northwest of Vryburg, named after sir Arnold Theiler famous for his research into cattle diseases
– The Vryburg Museum exhibits Bushman engravings and the Old Goal main gate.
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