Discover South Africa ♥ De Aar in the Northern Cape

De Aar, meaning “artery” was named after the underground water supply in the area, with all of De Aar’s water coming from boreholes. The town was originally established on the farm “De Aar”, because of its central location.

It is the third largest town in the Northern Cape, and is centrally located on the main railway line between Namibia, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

The railway junction in De Aar is the second most important junction in South Africa.  It has 110km of railway lines including 29 rail tracks.  There is a high traffic rate of trains every day.

De Aar may be a small town, but there certainly is enough to keep you busy!

  • Visit the Garden of Remembrance in honour of the British soldiers killed in the Anglo Boer War.
  • The Central Karoo Show is an annual show during January/February.
  • Visit the House of Olive Schreiner, the famous feminist and author who wrote “Women and Labour”.   The house now serves as a restaurant.
  • Excellent examples of Khoisan rock engravings can be seen on the farms Nooitgedacht and Brandfontein.
  • Visitors are welcome at the Weather Station.
  • Hunting can be done on various farms.

De Aar is the perfect location for paragliding with its suitable conditions. De Aar offers a well established Paragliding School which offers a magnificent bird’s eye view of the Karoo. It also hosts regular events attracting local and international paragliders, all searching for long distance records. More than half of the world’s long distance records have been set in De Aar.

Pictures in this article is provided by talented photographer, Anel van Zyl from Anel van Zyl Photography.

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