The town is tiny, really tiny, with approximately 200 residents, one tarred road, one petrol station and one co-op which is closed on Sundays! But Rosendal is also one of the Free State’s biggest secrets! It offers its visitors stunning scenery, sandstone mountains (snow-capped mountains in winter), outdoor activities, arts, crafts and what most visitors are looking if they venture this way, quiet village life! So, while this arty little town is small, it is the unassuming home of a wonderful variety of things to do and see.
For the energetic there are some exciting hikes in the vicinity and leisurely strolls in town. Option two is to take the lazy alternative and do some gentle retail therapy, wander through the art galleries, sit on the verandah at the local coffee shop and “kuier” with the locals.
Rosendal is also perfectly located for day trips to the pretty towns of Clarens, Ficksburg and the Golden Gate National Park
The town may be tiny, but it still offers enough accommodation for tourists passing through or looking for a weekend getaway from the city. A number of Guesthouses, B&B’s and self-catering units are available in and around the town.
Things to do and see
- Mosamane Hiking Trail
- Moolmanshoek 4X4 Trail
- Turksvy Trading Store
- Stallery Gallery
- Die Rosendal Teater
- Langersnek Pass
- Riemland Route
Rosendal receives approximately 564 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily flights into the Bram Fischer Airport in Bloemfontein approximately 219 Km’s away along the N1 and N5 or into O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, approximately 324 Km’s away along the R707 and R57. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Following a request from local farmers for a church and market place that was within a reasonable distance of their farms, Rosendal was established in 1911. The widow of Phillip Botha had donated the farm on which the town was founded, and she was asked to choose a name for it. She and her young son Hansie came up with two suggestions: Leliefontein (lily fountain) and Rosendal. The latter (‘valley of roses’) was eventually agreed upon.
Rosendal was declared a municipality in 1914.
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