Geography and history
Vryburg is a town situated in the Bophirima region of the North West Province in South Africa. It was established in 1882 when the Republic of Stellaland was also founded. Vryburg was then proclaimed the capital of this region. This town is situated on the N14 national road and halfway between Kimberley and Mafikeng. This town is considered the agricultural and industrial centre of the region and is proud to host South Africa’s third largest agricultural show.
Vryburg has a total population of 15 000 residents of whom the majority speak Afrikaans. This town is the country’s largest producer of beef and important crops grown in the area are maize and peanuts. The rugged surroundings in the area make for great outdoor activities.
Vryburg has a wonderful spectrum of visitor accommodation available for tourists. There are many bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, lodges, guest farms, self-catering units and camping facilities in the area. Please see our accommodation directory for a complete list of places to stay in the area.
Activities and attractions
There is no shortage of interesting and fun-filled activities to enjoy in and around Vryburg. Farmers and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the Weekly Cattle Sale. This event boasts the largest cattle sale in the Southern Hemisphere. This is a unique experience where around 250 000 cattle is sold or traded per year.
Other things to do in Vryburg include:
- Hiking Trails
- Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve and Museum
- Molopo Game Reserve
- San Rock Artwork
- Theiler Agricultural Museum
- Vicedale Hereford Stud
- War Cemetery (Anglo-Boer War)
Vryburg is the industrial centre of the region and therefore offers many shops, products and stalls. The Ghoor Shopping Centre is sure to have everything a tourist needs. The restaurants in the area are a culinary delight and the food is certain to excite every member of the family. Please visit our business directory if you would like more information on all the businesses in the area.