The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Frankfort

The town of Frankfort

Frankfort is a small town in the Free State

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Free State

The small town of Frankfort is located in the heart of a fertile farming region. Its is situated on the Wilge River and many of the streets are lined with palm trees giving the town the look of an oasis.

The town was established in 1869 and became a municipality in 1896. One of the main buildings in the area is the Dutch Reformed Church.

The first thing that you notice on approaching Frankfort is the grain silos. The surrounding areas produce a lot of maize as well as beef cattle.

The locals like to spend time fishing and there are also stretches of the river suitable for swimming and water-skiing. One can also visit the Vaal Dam Nature Reserve which is nearby.

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The grain silos on the edge of Frankfort

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References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 117

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 334

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 240

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 352

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 304

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


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