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Fouriesburg

Thabo Mofutsanyana

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Fouriesberg is a small town just nine kilometres from the Lesotho border post of Caledonspoort. It is positioned in the Brandwater Basin, which is dramatically framed by the Maluti Mountains in the south and the Witteberge and Rooiberge in the west.

The town is located on the R27 between Ficksburg and Bethlehem, as well as on the R711, half an hour’s drive from Clarens. The distance from Fouriesburg to the Golden Gate National Park is 50km, a spectacularly scenic 45-minute drive.

The name of this Eastern Free State town is derived from a farmer, Christoffel (known as Rooi Stoffel) Fourie, on whose land the town first took root in 1892. During the second Anglo-Boer War, Fouriesburg was named the capital of the Orange Free State Republic.

The town, which is in the province’s Thabo Mofutsanyana region, lays claim to several sandstone buildings of architectural note, such as the Dutch Reformed Church, the Icon Milling building (1908)  and Magistrates’ Court (1931), both located in Reitz Street, as well as the Destiny Castle (1960) on the Caledonspoort Road.

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The Pres Steyn House was the home of the President of the Orange Free State Republic, Marthinus Theunis Steyn, during the Anglo-Boer War.

The Surrender Hill site nearby is a memorial to 4 000 Boer soldiers and 1 000 of their wives and children, who were surrounded by the British in an Anglo-Boer War battle on 30 July 1900 and forced to surrender.

On a number of guest farms in the vicinity, it is possible to find San rock paintings. The Bushman Cave hiking trail comprises three walks of three to 16 kilometres.

On the farm, Lesoba, 10 kilometres from town, you can see the Queen Victoria rock formation, one of 20 loose-standing rock formations of substantial height in the Free State.

Saltpeterkrans is one of the largest rock overhangs south of the equator.  It is used as a location for fertility rites. Visiting this site involves a 2km hike.

On the farm, Loskop, one of the Free State’s highest mountains, Visierskerf (or “sight mark” in English) is found, its peak resembling the sight of a gun.

The annual and unusual Ventersberg Challenge, where horses race against 4x4 vehicles, takes place each November.

Physical pursuits in the Fouriesburg area include hiking and mountain biking, quad biking, horse-riding and fishing.

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