Welkom is South Africa's youngest city and is situated in the Lejweleputswa region of the Free State. Directly translated from Afrikaans Welkom means "welcome".
The town naturally evolved when gold was discovered here in the 1940's on a farm called St Helena. Welkom has grown in subsequent years at a rate matched with Johannesburg. The city has a very effective road system which uses traffic circles in the majority instead of traffic lights, giving Welkom the nickname "Circle City".
There are many accommodation options in Welkom from Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Houses to Hotels and self-catering units. Please see the accommodation directory for more information on the places to stay in and around this area.
Welkom offers the tourist many things to do and see which include the following:-
- Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre
- Flamingo Pan - beautiful recreation area
- Gold Museum - showcasing the history of gold mining
- Mine Tours
- Monuments - examples: the Aandek, Afrikaans Language Monument, Joanne Pim Monument, WWII Monument, Voortrekker Memorial, MOTH Memorial
- Museum of Welkom
- North Park Fleamarket
- Parks - examples: Central Park, Peter Pan Park, Van Riebeeck Park and West Park
- Phakisa Raceway
- Theronia Pan - bird sanctuary
- Goldfields Casino
- SA Gem Factory
Please see the activities directory for more information.
Welkom has many restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. This city is diverse with many shops and products to choose from. For more information on the businesses in the area, please view the business directory or add your own free business listing.
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