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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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