Vryburg (in the North West province of South Africa) is South Africa’s largest cattle-farming area and is often called the “Texas of South Africa.” The landscape is similar to West Texas and the Panhandle area of Texas.
The nickname “Texas of South Africa” has been in use since at least the early 1990s.
Wikipedia: Vryburg, North West
Vryburg (free fort) is a large agricultural town situated in the North West Province of South Africa.
It is situated halfway between Kimberley (the capital of the Northern Cape Province) and Mafikeng (the capital of the North West Province). It is on Cecil Rhodes’s great northern railroad, which ran from Cape Town through the Kimberley diamond fields, Vryburg, Mafikeng, and northwards beyond Victoria Falls. It is also on the N14 National Road which runs from Gauteng Province in a southwesterly direction through Vryburg, Kuruman and Upington to the mining town of Springbok in the North-western Cape. This road also connects Gauteng Province with Namibia.
The township Huhudi (Tswana for “running water") is situated just south of the town. The Tiger Kloof Educational Institute was set up south of the town by the London Missionary Society in 1904. The stone church on the premises is a national monument.
When the Boer Republic of Republic of Stellaland was established in 1882, Vryburg became its capital. The first and only president was G.J. van Niekerk. In 1885, the British seized the town and incorporated the area into British Bechuanaland, which in turn became part of the Cape Colony in 1895. During the Second Boer War, the British built a concentration camp here to house Boer women and children. In 1910, the Cape Colony became the Cape Province, one of the four provinces of the Union of South Africa and later the Republic of South Africa. When nine provinces were established in 1994, it became part of the North West Province.
Vryburg is South Africa’s largest beef producing district, with Hereford cattle the most popular. It is sometimes called “the Texas of South Africa”. Maize and peanuts are important crops produced in the district.
Vryburg, South Africa
The country round Vryburg is flat, arid and bare, and few visitors venture into this “Texas of South Africa” - so called because it is the largest cattle-farming region in South Africa. For the farmers in the surrounding area Vryburg is an important shopping and business center, and it has a number of factories which process the produce of the region.
Welcome to Vryburg - South Africa
We particularly specialize in agricultural land/property - as Vryburg enjoys the status of being the “Texas of South Africa”.
South Africa Regions and Towns
The province also includes Stellaland, in the Vryburg area, described as the “Texas of South Africa”, where large cattle farms and game ranches are to be found. The province abounds in resorts, game lodges, guest houses and bed & breakfast accommodation.
BMW Motorrad South Africa
Vryburg remains prosperous cattle-farming country, and peering through an insect-bespattered helmet visor at its main street, another bit of magnified folklore re-casts itself in my imagination; memories again from the 50’s - a bronzed, ‘be-boeped’ farmer hoisting his magnificent belly into the constraining loop of a tortured, sweat-stained leather belt, announces to a circle of proud country-men at a koek-sister bring-and-buy behind the old stone town hall, that “Vryburg is the Texas of South Africa.”
“Well, jeez,” retorts Cronje, lurching the BMW onto its side-stand at the filling station on the corner of Market and de Kock Streets, “it’s changed hey. What a dilapidated place. A bit like Texas, I suppose.”
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North West Province
Often dubbed “The Texas of South Africa”, this ranch country contains one of South Africa’s premier Safari areas, the Pilanesberg National Park, the “Sun City” entertainment complex, the scenic Magaliesberg mountain range and Hartebeespoort Dam, and numerous other tourist delights.
North West province
North West is sometimes referred to as the Texas of South Africa, with some of the largest cattle herds in the world found at Stellaland near Vryburg, The Marico region is also cattle country, while the areas around Rustenburg and Brits are fertile, mixed-crop farming land.
The province is an important food basket in South Africa. Maize and sunflowers are the most important crops and the North West is the major producer of white maize in the country.
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Vryburg proudly announces itself as the “Texas of South Africa.”
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From: “GJW Plimmer”
Subject: Southern African Steam trip circa 50’s
In the afternoon, we travel through parched grass farmland and reach the town of Vryburg. The wheel tapper is busy, crouched down before the platforms with his long handled hammer, tapping the wheels as they pass slowly, ting ting, ting ting, testing the wheels for soundness. From the train the town looks like deadsville, but later in life I am to learn that this area is called the “Texas of South
Africa” for its wealthy cattle farmers.
Rotary District 7770 GSE
Thursday, October 4, 2007
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 29th, after our longest commute since arriving in South Africa, we reached our 10th destination: Vryburg, aka “The Texas of South Africa”.
November 03, 2007
Arriving in South Africa
Vryburg is in the Kalahari thorn-veld region in the Northwest Province of South Africa. The region is often refereed to as ‘the Texas of South Africa’ due to its similar landscape with Texas.
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