About De Aar

De Aar is really a huge and wonderful country very different from some other regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, having a many wonderful sights. Numerous places in this area are characterized by unique local climate and scenery which promote a huge number of attractions and activities for everybody, old and young. Outdoor adventures specifically attract lots of people to every place in the world.

History and Geography

De Aar is actually a town located in the Northern Cape region of South Africa. De Aar is considered the 2nd most vital railway junction in South Africa, found on the line in between Cape Town and Kimberley. Main manufacturing activities of the region consist of wool production as well as farming. The region is likewise well-known for hunting, though the area is quite dry.

de aar railway

De Aar was primarily within the farm known as De Aar that means “the artery” which describes underground supply of water. De Aar is centrally situated therefore the government picked the spot to be a junction for the very first train line coming from Cape Town to Kimberley in the year 1881. The particular junction was in fact an incredibly strategic significance for the English during the entire Second Boer War.


You’ll find historical Khoisan rock engravings around the Nooitgedacht and Brandfontein farming. Furthermore, you can find a “Garden of Remembrance”, that honours the British soldiers killed during the Anglo-Boer War. The location is likewise the place to find a major army ammo dump. The DoD Ammunition Sub Depot De Aar can be found around 2km in the western portion of the town. Throughout the summer season De Aar is home for a number of Kestrels. Each night the birds stuff the night sky above and land on the large trees close to the hospital the moment the sun sets to spend the evening.


Other Activities:

Central Karoo Show

A big show in the time of January/February every year pulling records from the entire country and it is a red letter event each year.

House of Olive Schreiner

Place of the renowned writer and feminist who composed Women and Labour, the property today operates as a restaurant.



A highly founded Paragliding School not just provides a fascinating bird’s eye view of the Karoo panorama, but offers regular activities bringing in local and global paragliders looking for world long-distance records, in which the local weather is ideal. Up to now, over fifty percent of the worldwide long- distance records have actually been occur in De Aar.

Places to Stay

Places to stay in De Aar includes Guesthouses, B&B’s as well as Self Catering facilities.