The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Aliwal North

Afrikaans name: Aliwal-Noord

Aliwal North

Aliwal North seen from the north

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Eastern Cape

Strangely the town of Aliwal North gets the first part of its name from a battle that took place in India in 1846 where Sir Harry Smith defeated the Sikhs at the Battle of Aliwal. Sir Harry later became Governer of the Cape Colony and was influential in extending the colony to the site where the town now stands.

One of the most well-known features of Aliwal North are its hot springs which supply 3 million litres of water a day.

Aliwal North accommodation

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Aliwal North has plenty of accommodation options available

There are a number of historic buildings, dating back to the 1800's, in the town including the De Wet Museum, Market Hall and British blockhouses built during the Anglo-Boer war.

Aliwal North was the site of a concentration camp during the Anglo-Boer war and there is a memorial to the 720 women and children who died in the camp.

The Buffelspruit Nature Reserve is near the town. Here one can see a variety of game including Springbok, Impala, Red Hartebeest, Eland, Gemsbok and Zebra.

Aliwal North is located on the Orange River at a place that has been used as a crossing point for hundreds of years.

Aliwal North CBD

Above - Aliwal North CBD

Photo © Johan van Zyl

NG Church, Aliwal North

Above - Dutch Reformed Church

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Catholic Church, Aliwal North

Above - The Catholic Church in Aliwal North

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 83

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 226

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 152

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 161

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 275

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 105

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 106

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 165


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