The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Bergville

Approaching the town of Bergville with the Drakensberg Mountains in the background

Approaching Bergville

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Bergville is a small town that was originally founded in 1897. Its first name was Bergville Mountain Village. It lies in the foothills of the nearby Drakensberg Mountains. The Tugela River flows through the outskirts of the town.

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A number of interesting activities can be undertaken in the area. These include horse-riding, battlefield tours, kayaking, river-rafting and birding. Spioenkop Game Reserve and Woodstock Dam are also nearby. A scenic drive can be taken over Oliviershoek Pass into the Free State. An old British fort now serves as a museum.

There are a number of guest houses where one can stay in Bergville. There is also a municipal caravan and camping park. My recommendation would be to choose one of the many accommodation options that are available in the surrounding regions.

The area around the town has many beef and dairy farms. Maize is also an important crop grown here.

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Tree-lined street in Bergville

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 121

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 74

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 375

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 238

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 136

go! - Issue 192 - Author: - Published: 2024 - Page: 52

Getaway - Vol 31 No 08 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 78

Getaway - Vol 29 No 10 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 52

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 124

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 235


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