Recommended for:
  • 4x4 Trails
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Snow Skiing

Fouriesburg Information

History (in brief)    

  • Fouriesburg was founded in 1892.
  • The town is named after a local farmer – one Christoffel (Rooi Stoffel) Fourie – on whose land, Groenfontein, it was established.
  • During the Anglo Boer War, Fouriesburg was declared the capital of the Orange Free State Republic – a proclamation which has yet to be rescinded!

Public amenities:

Two garages, 4 ATMs, an efficient post office, a jacked-up traffic department, a magistrate’s court (built in 1931), a police station, several cafés & shops (basic commodities & hardware/farm supplies) and a farmer’s union. (Unfortunately, as yet, no pharmacy; general medical assistance is available on weekdays only).

NG Church in Fouriesburg
Places of worship:

  • NG Kerk (Kerk St): Sunday services: 10am.
  • Anglican Church (Berg St): bi-monthly Sunday services: 10am (2nd) & 8am (4th).
  • The Church at Wyndford (Caledonspoort Rd): Sunday services: 10am.
  • Mosque (De la Harpe St): prayers held 5 times daily.

Recreation / Tourism amenities:

Original sandstone architecture, restored buildings, fabulous butcheries, atmospheric pubs, farm deli & bistro, art/photography galleries, tuisnywerheid & craft stores, bottle stores, a recycled glass workshop, a bus-themed tea garden, numerous guest farms and B&Bs, and a lively Information Centre.

Nearby Attractions

  • The Queen Victoria rock formation is one of the 20 highest loose-standing rock formations in the Free State, located on Lesoba farm (3km off the R711, about 10km from Fouriesburg).
  • Surrender Hill, 21km from Fouriesburg, is where thousands of Boers were forced to surrender to British forces on 30 July 1900, and is also home to a monument to fallen British soldiers.
  • Salpeterkrans, a 5km dirt-road drive from Surrender Hill + a 2km hike, is one of the largest rock overhangs in the southern hemisphere and is currently used for fertility rites.
  • Several of the guest farms in the area have unprotected San rock art sites.
  • Golden Gate National Park with its spectacular sandstone formations is 55km away.

About Fouriesburg

Fouriesburg is a charming town in the Northern Free State, located a mere 10 kilometres from the Lesotho border. The town and the nearby farms are surrounded by flat-topped sandstone hills, which are rich in rock art painted hundreds of years ago by the San bushmen that once freely roamed through the area.

The region is best explored by taking the unforgettable 5 day Brandwater Hiking Trail through the Meiringskloof Nature Reserve. Other activities available in the reserve include rowing and horse riding.