The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Piet Retief

Afrikaans name: Piet Retief

The busy town of Piet Retief

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The town of Piet Retief was founded in 1883.

The areas surrounding the town are used mainly for timber production although there is some mining. The Mondi Forest Pulp and Paper Plant is located nearby. The presence of this Plant helps explain the numerous plantations of pine and gum trees.

One of the main features of the town is the impressive Dutch Reformed Church building which was constructed in 1921.

The town serves as a central point for a number of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing and bird-watching.

Piet Retief is situated on the N2 highway which links Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. It sees a lot of through traffic and has many facilities to cater for tourists.

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References and further reading

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

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 24

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 223

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 282

Go Birding in the Transvaal - Author: Brendan Ryan and John Isom - Published: 1990 - Page: 51

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 176

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: 136


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