The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Carolina



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Carolina is named after Magdalena Carolina Smit who was the wife of Cornelius Coetzee who established a settlement there in the 1880's. The town was formerly proclaimed on 15th June 1886. During the second Anglo-Boer war the town was flattened. Even the beautiful Dutch Reformed Church building was badly damaged and had to be rebuilt.

The Carolina area supports various types of farming incuding beef, dairy, timber and sheep. Coal, precious stones and other minerals are mined on a small scale.

The surrounding grasslands offer opportunities for hiking and bird-watching. The hot springs at Badplaas are 50 km away and are well-worth a visit.

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 242

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 123

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 178

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 34

go! - Issue 163 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 103

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 291

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 113


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