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Schweizer-Reneke is an agricultural town in the Bohemian region of the North Western province in South Africa. The Schweizer-Reneke was founded in 1888 and is located on the banks of the Heart River. The unusual name can be found by Captain CA Schweizer Reneke and Field Chief, who were both killed in the 1885 battle against the Koronas.
Schweizer-Reneke situtated on R34 close to Bloemfontein is central to the wheat flour, peanuts, sunflower farming industries and close to the town of Vryburg. Schweizer-Reneke was also once a small bustling diamond mine in town but this has since given way to agriculture.
Schweizer-Reneke is a unique and charming clean little tourist’s town which ones finds in the outlying rural areas of Southern Africa. The local inhabitants of this Schweizer-Reneke are mainly involved in the production of wheat and sunflower and most of the inhabitants of this city started will speak either their native tongue or English.
Attractions include the facade of the town’s bank which has remained unaltered since it was built in the early 1900s; Kliphuisie Guesthouse, a national monument which was the site of the town’s first police station; San Bushman rock paintings thought to be over 20 000 years old (these artworks may be seen 2km north of the town on the Delareyville Road) and Massoukop, the remains of the Koranna Kraals.
Although a very small town Schweizer-Reneke has produced some well-known public figures including politician Ahmed Kathrada and Essop Pahad, former rugby captain Wynand Claassen and artist Irma Stern. The Afrikaans poet, Elizabeth Eybers also grew up in the town.
Schweizer-Reneke was established on the Harts River in the 1888 and named after two soldiers, Captain C.A. Schweizer and Field Commander C.N. Reneke, who were killed along with eight others while attacking the stronghold of the Khoi Koi Koranna Khoe in an attempt to put an end to cattle rustling in the area. The chief of the Koranna was David Massouw and the ruins of his settlement can still be seen on Mamusa Hill, also known as Massaoukop.
San rock paintings, evident on the Delareyville Road only two kilometres north of the town, point to habitation far older then the Koranna and the Boers, possibly stretching back 20 000 years
There are various historical sites in Schweizer-Reneke. The nearby dam also offers many water activities. The Massoukop is a definite must-see for nature-lovers and history enthusiasts. The remains include Koranna Kraals and British “cheese mats” where they kept their bombs.
There is a selection of guesthouses for overnight visitors. The Schweizer-Reneke Golf Club also offers limited accommodation. The town of Schweizer-Reneke offers many options for staying a night or two. Visitor accommodation includes bed and breakfasts, guest houses, guest farms, self-catering units and camping sites. Please go to our accommodation directory for a full list of places to stay in the area.
The Wentzel Dam to the north of the town is used for water sports and recreation. You can fish, swim, picnic and water ski at this venue. The Voortrekker Monument, built in 1938, was part of the Great Trek centenary celebrations. The Memorial Library has displays honouring World War I victims.
Other things in Schweizer-Reneke include:
- Visiting the local Dutch Reformed Church
- Dam and river fishing
- San Rock Artwork
- Town Hall
- Voortrekker Monument (Great Trek of 1938)
- Wentzel Dam