Harrismith

A rather charming example of a typical Free State town.

Harrismith

Harrismith, just off the N3 highway, is named after a previous Governor of the Cape, Sir Harry Smith. It lies at the foot of the Platberg (meaning 'flat') mountain, and occasionally experiences snowfall in winter.

The Botanical Gardens, Blockhouse and the Community Museum are worth a visit, while historical tours make an interesting excursion, particulary for those interested in the Anglo Boer War as a number of battles were fought in this area.

Harrismith is the centre of one of the five wool producing districts in Southern Africa. The town is also home to the largest truck stop in the Southern Hemisphere, Highway Junction.