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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Williston

Afrikaans name: Williston

The Willowston Hotel

Williston Hotel

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

As strange as it sounds the town of Williston grew on the spot where an almond tree was planted in 1768. The tree was planted by Johan Abraham Nel to honour the birth of his son. The tree was a popular resting place in the otherwise treeless environment. A mission station was founded on the spot in 1845 and in 1883 the town of Williston came into existence.

Visitors will find that there are a number of historical buildings in the area including some Corbelled Houses, the NG church, a museum, a blockhouse and the Rhenish Church.

Surrounding area

Rugged landscape in the surrounding area

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 156

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 632 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 18

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 351

Country Life - Issue 178 - Author: - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 42

Country Life - Issue 182 - Author: - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 26

Country Life - Issue 218 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 24

Country Life - Issue 253 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 24

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 306

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 156

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