Orania Facilities and Activities
Orania is located in the Northern Cape Province, 164 km from Kimberley and 240 km from Bloemfontein. The town is located in the upper Karoo and is surrounded by beautiful Karoo hills and veld.
The flora typically includes open Karoo vegetation, while large trees and a more dense population of vegetation can be found closer to the banks of the river. A number of indigenous flower species can be found in the area in the winter months. Smaller game species are abundant and a wide variety of birds, including water fowl, have been identified by ornithologists in the area.
The Orange River flows through the area and allows for an ideal environment to practice water sport on the fairly wide area of the river.Orania boasts exceptional sunsets and at night those interested in astronomy can indulge themselves in an unpolluted and clear night sky.
Orania is situated a summer rainfall area and in the typical Karoo environment summers tend to be very warm. Maximum temperatures range between 30°C to 38°C in summer with rainfall. Winters are characterised by extremely cold nights with moderate day temperatures. A moderate climate is associated with spring and autumn.
Museums in Orania boasts various historical items, including the original flag Jopie Fourie carried with him while in death row. An extended collection of arms can also be viewed. By appointment only, please contact: Tel: +27 53 207 0214/0164 or +27 82 923 3376.
The Verwoerd Collection can be viewed in the home where Betsie Verwoerd (wife of former South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd) spent her final years. Call: +27 53 207 0236
KLEINGELUK is the community where visitors can view a unique home constructed with environmentally friendly hay, designed and build by a local architect in Orania. The local library, a community centre and other development projects are also located in the community.
Archaeological rock paintings can also be found around Orania. Some dating back 4,000 years. Historical reminders Anglo-Boer war can also be found in the area.
BIRD WATCHING, FISHING and WATER SPORT are some of the popular activities in Orania.
Various AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS, including the extensive Pecan plantations, are well worth a visit.
Remember to also visit the KOEKSISTER-MONUMENT, a statue to an Afrikaner delicatessen, at the entrance to the swimming pool!
Orania offers, amongst others:
- Holiday resort
- Health and Beauty Spa
- Pubs and Bars
- Coffee shops
- Fashion boutiques and hair salons
- OK groceries
- An array of businesses
- Community hall with a large kitchen
- Swimming pool complex with tennis courts
- Cement roads
- Industrial buildings
- Various church and school buildings
- Hostel facilities
- Rugby field
- Post office
- Filling station
- Various guesthouses and accommodation
- Complete irrigation system and agricultural units
For more information and brochures regarding sites of interest, visit the Orania Movement located at the Freedom Centre in Orania. Contact: Coraine Oosthuizen at +27 53-207-0062 or John Strydom at +27 82 975 8132