Swartfontein 1 Sightseeing Guide

Swartfontein 1 in Free State (region) is a place in South Africa - about 312 mi (or 501 km) South of Pretoria, the country's capital city. To learn more about Swartfontein 1 in general, check the Swartfontein 1 destination guide. These are some of the noteworthy things about this place.

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The map features the more popular and well known points of interest from this area.

4 sightseeing spots quickly introduced

Distances are based on the centre of the city/town and sightseeing location. This list contains brief abstracts about monuments, holiday activities, national parcs, museums, organisations and more from the area as well as interesting facts about the region itself. Where available, you'll find the corresponding homepage. Otherwise the related wikipedia article.

Battle of Belmont (1899)

Located at -30.09, 27 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 5 mi away.
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The Battle of Belmont is the name of an engagement of the Second Boer War near the town of Belmont, 23 November 1899, where the British under Lord Methuen assaulted a Boer position on a kopje. Lord Methuen’s task with his division was to force his way north up the railway to raise the Boer siege of Cecil Rhodes’s diamond town, Kimberley. Methuen moved off from his forward base on the Orange River, with the Naval Brigade, the Guards Brigade, the 9th Brigade, the 9th Lancers, a detachment of the New South Wales Lancers, two batteries of artillery and Rimington’s scouts. Arriving at Belmont station it was apparent that the Boers were in position on the range of Belmont Kopje behind the road to the North. Methuen directed the Guards Brigade to advance by way of a night approach march up to the Boer positions. Delays caused by agricultural fencing and defective maps found the Guards well short of the line of Kopjes at dawn. As a result of the faulty maps, the Grenadier Guards discovered themselves not at the exposed flank of the Boers as was planned, but at their front below a steep incline. The 9th Brigade also found themselves in open veldt when dawn broke. The two brigades launched their attack from the open ground up onto the hills under heavy rifle fire on the exposed lines from the Boers entrenched on the crest. British losses were 75 dead and 22 wounded; among the wounded were Lieutenant Colonel Eyre Crabbe, the commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who was back in action soon, and a war correspondent, Edward Frederick Knight of the Morning Post, who lost his arm to a dumdum bullet. The Boers did not wait for the final bayonet attack, hurrying away down the far hillside to where their ponies were tethered and riding back to the next line of kopjes, pursued for some distance by a small force of 9th Lancers and Mounted Infantry. Following the battle for Belmont the Boers fell back to the next station on the line, Graspan, where the fighting was similar in pattern and the British suffered another 200 casualties. The Boers occupied positions on the neighbouring kopjes and were this time assaulted by the Naval Brigade with the 9th Brigade. Again the infantry advanced across open country and stormed the Boers’ hilltop positions, a small force of 9th Lancers and Mounted Infantry giving chase to the Boers as they cantered away across the veldt on the far side of the hill line, inflicting some casualties.

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  • 1899 in South Africa
  • Battles of the Second Boer War
  • Conflicts in 1899

Caledon Nature Reserve

Located at -30.09, 27 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 15 mi away.
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Caledon Nature Reserve is situated on the Caledon River in the Free State, South Africa, and is about 2300 ha in size. The park is close to the Lesotho border. Wepener (also close to the border) is its closest town.

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  • Nature reserves in South Africa
  • Protected areas of the Free State (South African province)

Egmont Dam

Located at -30.09, 27 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 3 mi away.
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Egmont Dam is an arch type dam on the Witte Spruit, near Van Stadensrus, Free State, South Africa. It was established in 1937 and its main purpose is for irrigation use. The hazard potential of the dam is ranked to be high (3).

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  • Dams completed in 1937
  • Dams in South Africa

Mohokare Local Municipality

Located at -30.09, 27 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 16 mi away.
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Mohokare Local Municipality is an administrative area in the Xhariep District of the Free State in South Africa. The name is a Sesotho word for Caledon River, which runs through the municipality.

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  • Local municipalities of Xhariep

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