Geography and history
Lichtenburg is a town located in the Central Region of the North West Province in South Africa. After the discovery of a fabulous gem on a farm named Elandsputte in 1926, this town came alive with around 100 000 diggers trying their luck. This was the most feverish diamond rush the world has ever seen.
Established in 1873, Lichtenburg was named after the Transvaal President, Thomas Francois Burgers (Lichtenburg – “Town of Light”). The majority of its residents speak Afrikaans and the principal crops that are grown here include maize, groundnuts and sunflower seeds. Lichtenburg is situated in the newly named DR NGAKA MODIRI MOLEMA DISTRICT
Loads of visitor accommodation available in Lichtenburg! Tourists can choose from one of many bed and breakfasts, lodges, guest houses, self-catering units and camping sites. For a complete list of places to stay in the region, please visit our accommodation directory.
Activities and attractions
Lichtenburg is a town full of rich history. The activities and attractions available with excite all history enthusiasts and there are also some outdoor activities for the adventure-seekers. History-lovers will definitely enjoy the Ampie Bosman Cultural History Museum. This museum details the history of the town’s founding and sociological background of its multi-cultural inhabitants.
Other things to do in Lichtenburg include:
- Afrikaans Language Monument
- Burning Vlei (Thick layers of peat)
- De la Rey Memorials
- Lichtenburg Game Breeding Farm
- Lichtenburg Museum
- Old Plantation House (Home of Col H du Toit)
There are numerous shops, stalls, products and restaurants in the Lichtenburg area to choose from. Tourists are encouraged to support the town of Lichtenburg. Thanks to its agricultural industry, this town’s business sector is very successful. Please visit our business directory if you would like more information on all the businesses in the area.
|Lichtenburg Tourism Office Information|
|Telephone:||+ 27(0)21 418 4920|
|Fax:||086 667 2496|