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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Villiers

The skyline of Villiers is dominated by a large grain silo

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Free State

Villiers is a small town on the banks of the Vaal River. It straddles the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban. Heidelberg is 60 km away towards Johannesburg and Warden is 98 km away towards Harrismith.

The town of Villiers was proclaimed in 1891 at the site of a crossing over the Vaal River.

Accommodation in Villiers

With the size of the grain silo at Villiers it is no surprise to hear that maize is widely farmed in the area. There are also a lot of cattle farms.


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References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 338

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 241

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 308

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 145

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 106

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