DR RUTH S. MOMPATI DISTRICT

Vryburg

Location

Vryburg lies about 150km southwest of Mahikeng

Interactive Map

Dr Ruth S. Mompati District

History

When the Republic of Stellaland was proclaimed in 1882, Vryburg ("Fort of Freedom") was established as its capital. The Republicans called themselves vrybugers (free citizens) - hence the name of the town.

Today, Vryburg is the industrial and agricultural heartland of the Bophirima region. The area supports a large number of game and cattle ranches.

Events

The town hosts South Africa's third largest agricultural show and a series of events dedicated to outdoor activities in the scenic, rugged area surrounding the town.

Attractions

Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve
Home to a variety of wildlife

Tierkloof (Tiger Kloof) Missionary Station
Established as a stone church in 1904 by the London Missionary Station, now a national monument and restored as an educational institute

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

Vryburg Museum
Bushman engravings and the Old Goal main gate.