The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Wolmaransstad



Photo © Johan van Zyl

North West

In 1876 the Leask brothers opened a store at what was to become Wolmaranstad. Wolmaransstad was then proclaimed as a town in 1891 after it was founded in 1888 on the farms known as Rooderand and Vlakfontein.

The town sits on the banks of the Makwasi River and is surrounded by many maize farms. Other farming activities include cattle, groundnuts and sorghum. The area also has significant alluvial diamond mines.

There are a number of places with visiting, in the Wolmaransstad area, including Wolwespruit Nature Reserve, the Diggers Diamond Route and Broadbent Mission Station.

The Makwassierante Conservation Area offers plenty of hiking routes and game-viewing opportunities.

What is there to do in Wolmaransstad?

Dutch Reformed Church

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1928)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 219

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 120

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 87

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 320

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 157

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 214

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 267


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