- Petrus Steyn
Petrus Steyn is a small farming town situated about 35 km north-east of Lindley, between Tweeling and Kroonstad, and approximately two hours from Johannesburg. It is said to be the highest town above sea level in the Free State.
The town is as small and quaint as a Free State “dorpie” can get however what distinguishes it from others by the massive bank of grain silos just out the town. Petrus Steyn is at the centre of an agricultural area known for wheat, maize, sunflower, potato, cattle and sheep. An interesting and unique activity is Potato Tasting – visit the potato farm where you can purchase potatoes and taste different potato dishes!
Petrus Steyn has everything you have come to expect from a small town - corner shops, wide main street and Victorian buildings – but it also includes some other fascinating activities from hiking, horse riding and even water sports to historical attractions and natural wonders such as the rock formations on the Bloukrans and Rockview farms.
A must see when overnighting in Petrus Steyn is the Kruispad (Crossroads) Church, on the road to Frankfort. This unusual church was originally a house built before the Anglo-Boer War. The christening font is fashioned from a petrified tree trunk. Also take a look at the interesting Dutch Reformed Church building in Reitz Street.
The Dirkie Uys Square is host to a few monuments commemorating the Afrikaans language, the Great Trek and the heroic Dirkie Uys himself.
There is no shortage of accommodation in Petrus Steyn and visitors can choose from B&B’s, Guesthouses and self-catering cottages.
Things to do and see
- Dirkie Uys Square Monuments
- Die Kruispad Church
- Riemland Route
- Potato Tasting, Grap Potato Farm
- Curios, Painters & Potters
- Middelpunt Dam
Petrus Steyn receives approximately 700 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Johannesburg’s, O R Tambo International Airport, approximately 199 km away via the R57 and R59 and into Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer Airport approximately 275 km’s away via the R707, N5 and N1. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
The town was founded after the widow Steyn sold the farm Sterkfontein in October 1912. She sold the farm on condition that the new town be named in honour of her late husband Petrus Steyn. The town was established in 1914 and so accordingly named.
The department of Arts and Culture published the name change of Petrus Steyn to Mamafubedu in their government notice No. 914 of Gazette No. 35846 on the 2nd of November 2012.
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