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Founded in 1838 by the Voortrekkers, Potch was the first capital of the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek (ZAR) and was part of the Republic of Winburg-Potchefstroom. The first shots of the first Boer war were fired here and the town housed a concentration camp during the second Boer War.

Backpackers can go on a horse riding trail, dash around on a quad bike, hike, cycle or chill on a game drive at Bufflelsvlei Wild Animal Park and see if you can bump into a Gemsbok, Eland, Zebra, Black Wildebeest and Giraffe.

Don't miss out on a visit to the site of a massive meteorite impact at The Vredefort Dome which created an incredibly rich gold reef. The site is currently the largest and one of the oldest known meteor impact sites in the world. It is South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site.

There’s plenty of activity to keep your heart pumping - hike, river raft, canoe, mountain climb, abseil, mountain bike and fly fish. The annual Aardklop Festival with its arts, crafts, music and theatre performances draws crowds of up to 50 000 people every year. The rest of the time the student population keeps the town rocking.