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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Amersfoort

Amersfoort in Mpumalanga

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Amersfoort is a tiny town situated between Ermelo and Volksrust. It is named after the Dutch city of the same name which was the hometown of the Dutch farmers that first farmed in the area. Two of the original farmers donated land to allow a Dutch Reformed parish to be established. The magnificent Dutch Reformed Church that was subsequently built in 1876 is still the focal point of the town. The town grew around the church and was officially established in 1888.

Amersfoort silo

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Sheep farming is the main economic activity in the Amersfoort region, but there is some land dedicated to maize.

There is not a lot of accommodation available in the town, but several local farms do offer some accommodation. There is not a lot of activities for the tourist, but some will find it is a great place to get away from the crowds and spend some town in a quaint town where it is not uncommon to see donkey carts travelling along the streets.

Amersfoort weather


In the area there is a bridge over the Vaal River which was built in 1896 and has been proclaimed a national monument. Amersfoort is in the upper catchment area of the Vaal River. The eastern boundary of the town is marked by the Skulpspruit river.

Dutch Reformed Church

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References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 291

Go Birding in the Transvaal - Author: Brendan Ryan and John Isom - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 51

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 170

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 240

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