Things To Do in CalviniaFred Turner Windmill Museum
Where? R357, Loeriesfontein, next to Calvinia, Upper Karoo
When? Best during daylight hours
How? Call +27 (0)27 662-1023
How much? Free
Tucked away in the Upper Karoo in the Northern Cape is the small town of Loeriesfontein, next to Calvinia. Here you will find an unusual open air museum. On your approach to the town you will notice the flat veld and an abundance of windmills.
This collection of windmills is a display of every type of windmill and the development of them. Although not much is thought about windmills, without this magnificent invention, the arid midlands of South Africa would not be habitable. As you stroll through the small, eerily quiet town, all you can hear are the scrapes of metal moving in the wind. This is one of two museums of its kind in the entire world so it is certainly something worth visiting.
This interesting display is in an open area, you simply need to open the gate, let yourself in and peruse these fascinating structures. You will see windmills of every size, design and make from the Atlas Ace Model C to the Conquest, Australian Southern Cross, English Hercules, American Aeromotor and much more.