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Van Reenen has a most interesting history with many places of genuine interest. Unfortunately very little has been documented about this lovely little village. I believe that van Reenen originated at the small farm halfway down the pass called Wyford. Wyford was a trading post established in 1874 by Job Portsmouth to cater for the needs of the hundreds of transport riders that used the wagon trail that connected the Free State and Natal.
Other areas of interest that must be visited are the newly developed Ingula Pumped storage facility, the largest Hydro Powered electricity generation plant in the country, the Kidston and Gladstone aircrash site, the Moorddraai incident grave the site of the murder of the Pretorius family in 1865, he was a brother of Andries Pretorius the Voortrekker Leader.
Then there is The Llandaff Oratory the smallest church in SA only seating 8. One must visit Nelsons Kop and see the large vulture population and Rensburgs Kop the scene of the tragic death by shooting of young Rensburg who fell down the mountain. Close by this mountain is the famous Lost Valley where five families chose to live their lives in seclution.
I recommend that one spends at least three days in the area and visit these sites, info can be obtained from the local tourist office at the Johnson trading store near the Caltex Garage.
I love to stop at Van Reenen on roadtrips. It's such a place of solitude and peace. Just perfect!
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