Vereeniging, Southern Gauteng
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Lying on the banks of the northern loop of the Vaal River, Vereeniging (literally ‘uniting’ in Afrikaans) falls within an area known as the Vaal Triangle about 60 kilometres from Johannesburg - a roughly triangular, essentially rural, area bounded by Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and Sasolburg.
This part of the world is home to major industry and Vereeniging alone is responsible for manufacturing cables, farm equipment, bricks, tiles and processed lime. One hears a lot of Afrikaans in Vereeniging, and the community makes its living for the most part from farming and the nearby coal mines - with reserves estimated at around 4 billion tons.
Light-heartedly known as the place in South Africa with the most vehicle dealerships per square metre, the city is probably best known for the Treaty of Vereeniging, responsible for bringing the Second Boer War of 1899 to 1902 to a close. The memorial which marked the spot, on which the treaty was signed, now rests at the city library.
Take a tour of Klip River Terrace - one of the most valuable archaeological sites in the world where implements from the Stone Age have been uncovered. Conversely hike through Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve - a beautiful 12 000 hectare stretch of land that offers a number of substantial overnight hikes through rugged terrain in the shadow of the Suikerbosrand Mountains that are the backbone of the reserve.
And make an evening of it at the Vereeniging Drive-In, although closed during winter, it provides an ongoing source of entertainment for young and old alike.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Vereeniging
Emerald Casino Resort
For the more energetic, daytime riverside antics and water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing and tow-boat skiing will keep the adrenalin pumping. The Resort transforms at night offering comedy nights and dancing till the small hours for entertainment or a romantic moonlit dinner on the deck of the safari lodge ...
Maccauvlei Golf Course is one of the best around and has played host to various big tournaments over the years. An excellent links-type course on the south bank of the Vaal River in Vereeniging, Maccauvlei was designed by leading British golf architect Colonel SV Hotchkin and was... more information
A large floodplain, the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, lies north east of Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve just outside Nigel. It forms the southern half of Blesbokspruit RAMSAR site (an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands), and is one of several very important bird areas in South ... more information
Situated close to Johannesburg, one of South Africa's most densely populated areas, the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve plays an important role in outdoor recreation, environmental education and resource management. Covering approximately 13,337 ha of kloofs, ridges and plains... more information
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