- Eastern Cape
Not many can claim they have visited the little town of Sterkstroom, it is not on a main road to anywhere and so is often overlooked. However, if you look at its location a little closer, it doesn’t lie far from the Gariep Dam and the surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities to fish, birdwatch and hike – the Sterkstroom Hike is about 10 km and can easily be walked in a day.
Other interesting landmarks, other than the impressive Dutch Reformed Church and a few historic town buildings dating from the beginning of the twentieth century, is the Dorper Wind Farm which is situated midway between Sterkstroom and Molteno. It is named after a sheep commonly farmed in the area, the 100 megawatt wind farm is one of the biggest in South Africa with 40 wind turbines
The area offers some Reserve and Lodge accommodation and the small town has one Bed ‘n Breakfast situated in one of the old historic buildings.
Things to do and see
- Sterkstroom Dutch Reformed Church
- Sterkstroom Museum
- Sterkstroom Reserve Picnic Sites
- Bamboeshork 4X4 Trail
- Koos Raas Nature Reserve Hiking
- Black Eagle Nature Reserve
- Dorper Wind Farm
- Boesmanshoek Pass
- Groot Doringhoek Pass
- Oumas Rusk Factory, 25 km
Sterkstroom receives approximately 410 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during Summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 17˚C.
There are daily flights into the East London Airport, approximately 252 km’s away via the N6 and into the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, approximately 340 km’s away via the N6. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Sterkstroom was founded in 1875, it was established, like so many others, out of the need for a new Dutch Reformed Church parish. Sterkstroom was situated on the main railway line from the coast to Johannesburg and quickly became a municipality by 1878.
Its’ name means “strong current or stream” and refers to the river on which the town is built, the Hex River.
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