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The commercial centre for a large section of the west coast in the Western Province, Vredenburg services the farming industry and is a major supplier of limestone and phosphates. This active town lies roughly 12km inland of the Atlantic coast and has a large mall that attracts residents from surrounding towns.

Vredenburg was first established as a church parish in 1875 and was originally called Twisfontein, the word Twis meaning quarrel or controversy in Afrikaans, due to the ongoing arguments over water rights. Once the issue was settled and after laying out a township, the named was changed in 1883 to Vredenburg, the word Vrede meaning peace.

The town is on the wildflower route when colourful flowers magically appear in the fields after spring rains and in winter, the fields are an emerald green, broken only by large granite rocks that appear to have been dropped from the sky. Vredenburg is a convenient base from which... Show more