170km North East of Calvinia on the R27.
The town was developed near the Sak River “vloer” in the heart of Bushman-land where “ou Brand” a 19th Century trekboer, once out-spanned next to the vlei(marsh) to rest his oxen. Apparently he accidentally set the dry grass alight and caused a veld fire – from there the name Brandvlei.
The town was cut in two by a flash flood in 1961, it recovered and in 1962 a municipality was formed. Today Brandvlei is a typical “Karoo” town surrounded by farms with a strong farming community.
*Dutch Reformed Church built in Neo-Gothic style in 1905
*Birdlife – The salt pans are transformed into bird sanctuaries after the summer rains (Nov-March)
*Verneukpan – In 1929, Sir Malcolm Campbell unsuccessfully attempted to break the world land-speed recovered here by travelling over 300mph in his Blue Bird 1.
*Galleries of San(Bushman) rock art on surrounding farms.
Visiting Brandvlei is an experience. Along the main road that leeds to Kenhardt, one can relive history… this sighboard brought us to a halt.
Standing here……, looking at this monument ……, makes one wonder what it must have been like many years ago….travelling miles and miles…… by ox wagon!