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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Bergville

Approaching the town of Bergville with the Drakensberg Mountains in the background

Approaching Bergville

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Bergville is a small town that was originally founded in 1897. Its first name was Bergville Mountain Village.

A number of interesting activities can be undertaken in the area. These include horse-riding, battlefield tours, kayaking, river-rafting and birding. Spioenkop Game Reserve and Woodstock Dam are also nearby. A scenic drive can be taken over Oliviershoek Pass into the Free State.

Bergville lies in the foothills of the nearby Drakensberg Mountains. The Tugela River flows through the outskirts of the town.

Bergville weather


The area around the town has many beef and dairy farms.

Tree-lined street in Bergville

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 235

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 124

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 136

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 375

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 74

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 121

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