This Heritage site is just a few Kilometers outside the town Ohrigstad on the R36 Mainroad towards Hoedspruit.
The Town of Ohrigstad was first found in 1845 by Andries Hendrik Potgieter and Voortrekker companions. The Town was named after Andries Hendrik Potgieter and Georgius Gerhardus Ohrig who was a traveling merchant.
At this site where the hall is built there used to be a fort where the people would stay and protect themselves. The Hall was built on the original foundation of the fort. It was dedicated on 16 December 1952 a hundred years after the death of Andries Hendrik Potgieter.
The Monument in the picture below:
The Monument was erected in 1927 to the remembrance of the Voortrekkers who lived here between 1845 and 1850 who died because of Malaria. You can read more about the history of Ohrigstad on my other post.
Next to the Monument we have the Voortrekker Chest. It was built by Mr. S.J. Schoeman, the chair person of the ‘Ossewa-Eeufees komitee’ in 1938. The chest is to be opened in 2038. No one knows what is in the box.
The Entrenchment is kept in order by the Ohrigstad community. It was fenced with an electric fence a few years ago to keep it from being vandalized. You need to make arrangements to get a key from the local people to be able to visit this site. (I will post the details as soon as it is available)
However you can go and see the Voortrekker Cemetery which is only a few kilometres from this site.
The Voortrekker Cemetery
The Cemetery is open to the public and is located right next to the main road towards Burgerfort just a short drive outside the town of Ohrigstad.
The Map location above will help you find the spot.
Places to visit in Ohrigstad the Town
Ohrigstad now has 2 Stop streets! Wow!
If you were to enter Ohrigstad from the North (Burgersfort/Tzaneen) you will first find our local Butchery / Restaurant. It is called Tizers.
Tizers sells some fresh produce, meat, milk, cheese en preserves. They also offer a small Lunch and Breakfast menu.
Try Me Dealers
Try Me Dealers is the name of our local supermarket. They are located on the main road of the town. (Turning up into town at the first stop street)
The local Pep Stores will help you out if you need any emergency clothes.
Ruba Tyres will fix any Tyre problems you might have. They are also located on the Main Road of Ohrigstad.
Driving through Ohrigstad towards the second stop street you will find the Police station on your left and the Oasis shopping center on your right.
Oasis Shopping Center
Other than a filling station and tuck shop the Center also offers a Liquor store, Deli, Hair dresser, Restaurant, hobby shop and a hand made wooden furniture shop.
At the tuck shop you will find the local Magnets for your fridge with the name of Ohrigstad on it.
If you did not manage to find them you can get them all at The Shoe.