The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Willowmore

Willowmore in the Eastern Cape


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Eastern Cape

Willowmore was established in 1864 on a piece of a farm called The Willows which was owned by William Moore. Perhaps the combination of the farm and owners name lead to the town being called Willowmore.

A church and magistrates office were established in 1874.

Although there are three rivers in the area they do not flow all year round, so the town relies on borehole water.

There are a number of Victorian and Edwardian style buildings in the town.

A number of plants, new to science, were discovered in the area by Rudolf Marloth in the early 1900's.


Above - Fine old building in Willowmore

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - The Willow Historical Guest House

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - Willowmore Verspreiders

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 220

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 295

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 130

Country Life - Issue 244 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 25

Country Life - Issue 252 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 22

Country Life - Issue 285 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 22

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 123


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