Lindley is a tiny town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the north eastern Free State.
The town is most well-known for its still working Mill, yes Lindley is that tiny, but don’t dismiss this town just yet! Lindley is quite a special little town and has become fairly popular as an inland holiday resort for those who love history and the outdoors.
Lindley is a typical Free State farming town, visit the unique working mill, buy some homemade Afrikaans goodies at the local “Winkel, visit the pretty churches and soak up the warmth and character from this precious dorp. Lindley bubbles over with history and hospitality!
For visitors who enjoy the outdoors, a weir has been built across the river and this holds back a 5 km stretch of deep water ideal for fishing, boating and swimming. Locals can be picnicking every weekend and birdwatching is a very popular activity in the area.
Lindley may be a very small town, but it still a Hotel and a few Guest Farms and self-catering units in and around the town.
Things to do and see
- Toeka Museum
- Lindley Cemetery Garden of Remembrance
- Lindley Clock Tower
- St Stephen’s Church
- Lindley Roller Mills
- Die Windpomp
- Riemland Heritage Route
- Vals River Picnics
Lindley receives approximately 640 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily flights into the Bram Fischer Airport in Bloemfontein approximately 236 Km’s away along the N1 and N5 or into O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, approximately 246 Km’s away along the R57. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Despite its Afrikaans heritage, Lindley is named after an American Presbyterian minister, Daniel Lindley, who ministered to the Voortrekkers and who founded the town in 1875.
After the Anglo-Boer War a local resident, John Collister-Oats led a campaign during which many thousands of trees were planted in the valley.
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