Tourist Attractions in Van Reenen, Midlands & Battlefields, KwaZulu-Natal

Tourist Attractions near Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Van Reenens Pass

courtesy of Paul and Sue Panomario
View of the valley at Llandaff Oratory

courtesy of Ossewa Panomario
Smallest Church

courtesy of Hendri Panomario

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Van Reenen is situated on the summit of Van Reenen's Pass, on the border between KZN and the Free State. Passing the village a short distance from Van Reenen's Pass to the south, visitors to the area will find Windy Corner, a viewing place with a magnificent panoramic view over Van Reenen's Pass.

Van Reenen is home to the smallest Roman Catholic church in the world, The Llandaff Oratory. This 8 seat church in Van Reenen was built by a father, in memory of his son who died in a mining accident.

The nearby Sandspruit Conservancy offers excellent opportunities for hiking. The Sandspruit Conservancy Reserve offers an abundance of wildlife, including the largest herd of black wildebeests found in any South African private reserve. Zebra, blesbuck, kudu, impala, eland, red hartebeest and blue wildebeest can also be seen here, as well as leopard together with other large cats. Sandspruit Conservancy Trails vary in length from day hikes to longer two day, and even three day trails passing through patches of indigenous trees, crossing several streams and passing a few dams.

The Van Reenen area is also ideal for bird watching, offering a wide variety of species, an impressive number of raptors. Other attractions in the Van Reenen's area include the Golden Gate National Park with its majestic sandstone cliffs; Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and the Sterkfontein Dam Reserve.

Accommodation in Van Reenen's Pass consists mainly of categories like Van Reenen self catering, Van Reenen Guest house / Van Reenen bed and breakfast. Van Reenen hotels might be a little scarce but a slightly more expensive but safe option.

Van Reenen's Pass accommodation is ideally suited for travellers between Johannesburg and Durban KZN.  Almost midway between Durban and JHB, Van Reenen's Pass accommodation offers perfect relief especially under extreme evening misty conditions where Van Reenen's Pass can become quite a daunting drive - Rather stay over at a Van Reenen bed and breakfast accommodation spot and continue on your travels the following day.

Although business travellers prefer the Van Reenen B&B / Guest house option, families with children will find it more affordable to stay at a Van Reenen self catering accommodation facility.

It has been known to snow at Van Reenen's pass which can create a situation regarding availability of Van Reenen accommodation If you find that the Van Reenen's Pass accommodation (Bed and breakfast or self catering) facilities are fully booked, then your best second option will be the nearby town of Harrismith. Harrismith also has an array of Harrismith B&B or Harrismith self catering accommodation.

 

 

 

Things To Do in Van Reenen

Llandaff Oratory - 8 Seat Chapel

courtesy of Ossewa Panomario
Inside small Church

courtesy of Hendri Panomario

Green Lantern Inn in Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal
Located in the tiny Van Reenen village (population 23), situated on the N3 highway at the top of Van Reenen pass, The Green Lantern Inn is famous among travelers and sportsmen as a halfway refreshing point and offers unrivaled old school hospitality
Pyramids Motel in Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal
Pyramids Motel is situated on the N3 route at Van Rheenen Pass between Gauteng and the Kwazulu-Natal Coast and from the Motel you have magnificent views to Natal and the majestic Drakensberg.
Wyford Farm in Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal
Wyford Farm is situated in a pretty mountainous area off Van Reenen Pass (N3) and has a rich recorded history being built in the 1870's as a Trading Store on the route between Johannesburg and Durban

Van Reenen is situated on the summit of Van Reenen's Pass, on the border between KZN and the Free State. Passing the village a short distance from Van Reenen's Pass to the south, visitors to the area will find Windy Corner, a viewing place with a magnificent panoramic view over Van Reenen's Pass.

Van Reenen is home to the smallest Roman Catholic church in the world, The Llandaff Oratory. This 8 seat church in Van Reenen was built by a father, in memory of his son who died in a mining accident.

The nearby Sandspruit Conservancy offers excellent opportunities for hiking. The Sandspruit Conservancy Reserve offers an abundance of wildlife, including the largest herd of black wildebeests found in any South African private reserve. Zebra, blesbuck, kudu, impala, eland, red hartebeest and blue wildebeest can also be seen here, as well as leopard together with other large cats. Sandspruit Conservancy Trails vary in length from day hikes to longer two day, and even three day trails passing through patches of indigenous trees, crossing several streams and passing a few dams.

The Van Reenen area is also ideal for bird watching, offering a wide variety of species, an impressive number of raptors. Other attractions in the Van Reenen's area include the Golden Gate National Park with its majestic sandstone cliffs; Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, and the Sterkfontein Dam Reserve.

Accommodation in Van Reenen's Pass consists mainly of categories like Van Reenen self catering, Van Reenen Guest house / Van Reenen bed and breakfast. Van Reenen hotels might be a little scarce but a slightly more expensive but safe option.

Van Reenen's Pass accommodation is ideally suited for travellers between Johannesburg and Durban KZN.  Almost midway between Durban and JHB, Van Reenen's Pass accommodation offers perfect relief especially under extreme evening misty conditions where Van Reenen's Pass can become quite a daunting drive - Rather stay over at a Van Reenen bed and breakfast accommodation spot and continue on your travels the following day.

Although business travellers prefer the Van Reenen B&B / Guest house option, families with children will find it more affordable to stay at a Van Reenen self catering accommodation facility.

It has been known to snow at Van Reenen's pass which can create a situation regarding availability of Van Reenen accommodation If you find that the Van Reenen's Pass accommodation (Bed and breakfast or self catering) facilities are fully booked, then your best second option will be the nearby town of Harrismith. Harrismith also has an array of Harrismith B&B or Harrismith self catering accommodation.