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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Vrede


Vrede CBD

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Free State

'Vrede' is the Afrikaans word for 'peace' and the town gets its name from the peace that arose after a disagreement over the location of the town was settled. Vrede was proclaimed as a town in 1879.

Vrede weather


The surrounding farmlands produce a wide variety of agricultural products including maize, beef, dairy, poultry, wool, mutton and wheat.

Vrede is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern city life. Visitors enjoy the small restaurants and pubs and can visit craft shops. The enormous grain silos and Dutch Reformed Church dominate the landscape. There is a memorial to Boers who lost their lives in battle and a monument to the Great Trek.

Lovers of the outdoors can enjoy a round of golf, or go on hikes or mountain bike rides. The Vrede Dam is nearby.

Approaching Vrede

Approaching the town

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Grain silos

Large grain silos dominate the landscape

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Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church

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References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 153

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 338

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 240

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 71

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 217

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