De Aar, the third largest town in the Northern Cape, is centrally located on the main railway line between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Namibia and tarred roads to surrounding towns. The junction was the second most important railway junction in South Africa, with 110km of railway lines including 29 rail-tracks. The name De Aar refers to the underground water supply in arteries with all of De Aar’s water coming from boreholes. 68 boreholes in the surrounding area of the town, ensure the water supply.


Central Karoo Show

A major show during January/February each year drawing entries from the whole country and is a red letter event every year.

Garden of Remembrance

Honouring British soldiers killed in the Anglo-Boer War.

House of Olive Schreiner

Home of the famous author and feminist who wrote Women and Labour, the house now serves as a restaurant.

Khoisan Rock Engravings

These can be seen on the farms Nooitgedacht, tel 053 631 0241 and Brandfontein, tel 053 631 1245.


A well established Paragliding School not only offers a thrilling bird’s eye view of the Karoo landscape, but hosts regular events attracting local and international paragliders in search of world long-distance records, for which the local conditions are suitable. To date, more than half of the world’s long- distance records have been set in De Aar.

Weather Station

Visitors welcome. Tel 053 631 1053 for appointment.

Town information


Voortrekker Str De Aar 7000 Tel 053 631 0891 / 053 631 0927


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