Holiday Accommodation in Lichtenburg

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Adem Gaste Gasteplaas LichtenburgBed & Breakfast
Boskloof LichtenburgSelf-catering
Scott's Manor Guest House & Conference C LichtenburgGuest House

CULTURAL
There is a wide variety of societies and organisations actively involved in Lichtenburg.
The town also accommodates a social-historical museum and a Agricultural museum with a big collection of antique tractors and many other interesting objects.

A modern public library and an excellent art gallery which is one of the biggest in the country of Southern Africa, housing a valuable collection of paintings by well known South African artists is situated in a wing of the Civic centre.

Paintings of Gregoire Boonzaaier, Irmin Henkel, Irma Stern, Louis Steyn, Walter Battiss, Dirk Meerkotter, F. Claerhout, Bettie Cillier-Barnard, Johannes Meitjies and the sculptor Hennie Potgieter form part of the collection.

UNIQUE BREEDING CENTRE
A unique game breeding farm, operated by the National Zoological Gardens, adjoins the north-eastern boundary of the town.  Different rare species of wild life from all over the world can be seen.  White rhino, dwarf hippopotamus, sable gazelle, derby eland, black wildebeest, zebra, addax, the almost extinct pere davids deer and many other species are to been seen in their natural surroundings.

The area is also ideal for a day trip or a fascinating weekends viewing and a pair of binoculars always comes in handy.

Abundant water in the area creates a paradise for numerous water and other bird species like flamingos, wild duck, coots herons and secretary birds.  The Willie Marnewick Birdhide is one of the largest of its kind in the country and it enables enthusiastic bird-watchers to look more closely at the bird-life.

Locally bred animals are supplied too international as well as domestic zoos.

Interested people may become members of the Friends of the Zoo Association.

The breeding centre measuring 6 000 ha. Barbecue facilities have also been provided.

MONUMENTS
aOn General De la Rey Square in front of the Town Hall:

A twice life size statue of General De la Rey mounted on his horse Bokkie.  This work of art is the creation of sculptor Hennie Potgieter, who grew up in the Lichtenburg district.
 
The Burger Monument engraved with the names of 87 burghers of Lichtenburg and district who fell during the Anglo- Boer War.

Memories erected during the 1938 Symbolic Ox Wagon trek.

The Afrikaans Language Monument designed by Hennie Potgieter and erected during the 1975 language centenary festival.

The Greeff memorial at Witklip 20 km north east of Lichtenburg in commemoration of the founder of Lichtenburg, H.A. Greeff .

The grave of General De la Rey is in the Lichtenburg centenary with a bronze bust of General De la Rey created by Fanie Eloff.

A small Voortrekker monument is erected on Elandsfontein, General De la Rey's farm, in commemoration of the late Boer leader.

A historical cattle dip on the farm Elandsputte, 20 km north of Lichtenburg was declare a national monument.

The Gruisfontein battle field 24 km east of Lichtenburg, where a monument has been erected in honour of the burghers who fell there.
 

HISTORICAL BUILDINGS
The Dutch Reformed Church in Gerrit Maritz Street erected in 1890 (Declared a National Monument).

The old magistrate's building dates from 1895/96.

The home where General De la Rey lived, 3 km west of town, was demolished during the Anglo- Boer War.  During 1902 it was rebuilt on the original foundations.

The home of the founder, H.A. Greeff, built in 1875 on Manana 10 km east of Lichtenburg, is still standing.

An old plantation house, home of the pioneer in dry-land farming Col. H du Toit, erected in 1910 south of town is still in use as a dwelling.


THE DIGGINGS
Approximately 20 km north of Lichtenburg lies the world renowned diamond diggings over an area of more or less 35 km from east to west.  The greatest diamond claim rush in world history, involving 25 000 diggers, took place in this area during 1927.


BURNING VLEI
 
The vlei which separates Lichtenburg from its biggest suburb, Kieserville, is unique in as much as the thick layers of peat (which is the product of millions of years of marsh vegetation and the forerunner of coal) had for decades been burning subterraneously, creating a great hazard for man and beast.  Very few such phenomena occurs worldwide.  Presently, due to the stemming of the flow of vlei water, the burning has ceased and water sport is being practised on the two resulting dams.  During the 1984 drought the vlei again started burning in places.

TOURISM
Considering its unique historical background and special places of interest, coupled with its tranquillity and moderate climate, Lichtenburg should certainly be included in the itinerary of the tourist.