What started out as a small Village, Steynsburg is surrounded by the magnificent Zuurberg Mountain Range in the Eastern Cape. At only 17.4 square kilometres. It is now a little Town of about 8 000 people. Andries Petrus Johannes Steyn was born there in 1823. He was the founder of this Town, established in 1872.
President Paul Kruger was also born here and then lived in the neighbouring farm; “Bulhoek”, during his early years. The house still stands there. Another Afrikaans legend who was born here was Marais Steyn. The Old Age Home in town is named after Marais Steyn who matriculated at the Paul Kruger High School here and went on to become a Member of Parliament and an Ambassador.
At an altitude of 1460 metres, the pollution-free climate offers a very healthy lifestyle – hot summers, cold clear Winter days, sufficient rainfall, sometimes even snow, beautiful sunsets and brilliant star-filled night skies.
Although small, the beauty combined with the massive properties of Steynsburg are now luring new residents from all around South Africa, who are looking for the peace and tranquillity of the countryside at reasonable prices. The facilities and amenities of the Town itself, are adequate and varied and include: a small Hospital; a Clinic; a variety of Shops and Restaurants; as well as other services.
Steynsburg was used for sheep farming from its earliest days, thanks to the scrubby vegetation so typical of the Eastern Cape. Today, it is still occupied by a number of Farms. The neighbourhood however has evolved into a more Residential Area that is ideal for families and retirees. The ambience promotes a relaxed lifestyle within the rugged beauty of the Eastern Cape!
The Steynsburg Country Club has a nine-hole Golf Course, a well kept Bowling Green, a Gymnasium and the Club House Bar. The club kitchen and Hall are used for a variety of community functions and gatherings. There are active Garden and Art Clubs, whilst the dormant Tennis Club is awaiting revival!
Nearby on the Southern Coast is Port Alfred, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna are a half day’s drive away, as is Bloemfontein to the North. The Wild Coast, is reachable within a day’s daylight drive.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steynsburg Tourism Office Information
Telephone: +27(0)43 701 9600