About Welkom

Welkom is situated in Lejweleputswa, in Free State, South Africa. Show on Map

Free State DestinationsWelkom, Lejweleputswa

Reputed to have grown at much the same rate as the major metropolis of Johannesburg, Welkom, South Africa’s youngest town - it received city status only in 1955 - is the hub of the Free State gold fields about 160 kilometres northeast of Bloemfontein.

Directly translated from the Afrikaans or Dutch, Welkom means 'welcome', and the town emerged after the discovery of gold in the area. Ernest Oppenheimer, at that time the chairman of Anglo American, played a significant role in its development.

Welkom has an idiosyncrasy, for want of a better word: it is one of few cities worldwide that was completely pre-planned. As a consequence, it benefits from an ease of flow and a city that functions well - suburbs each have their own shopping and commercial centres and residents seldom have more than a 10 minute walk to reach them.

The traffic flow in the city has attracted much attention and experts from all over the world come to study the clever use of traffic circles and minimal number of stop streets in the absence of traffic lights in the centre of the city that contribute to an effortless flow of traffic - the envy of many cities and the reason Welkom is known as the “circle city”.

Welkom has also earned itself the reputation of being a “city within a garden” due to the number of parks and cleverly designed gardens that lend Welkom an extraordinary number of shady trees and pretty surrounds, making it a more than welcome place to visit.

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Marli Guest House

Self Catering

Marli Guest House

Marli Guest House is situated along the main street of Welkom, a town that means welcome and proudly claims its youth ... more

Rialin Guesthouse

Guest House

Rialin Guesthouse

Rialin Guesthouse offers comfortable and neat accommodation in Welkom, the heart of the Free State. Here you can enjoy a ... more

Stanville Inn


Stanville Inn

Stanville Inn is a 2-star graded hotel situated in Welkom in the heart of the Gold Fields region. Over the past 25 years ... more

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