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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
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.