A 7 km drive from Oaklands will take you to this charming countryside settlement which boasts a number of natural, cultural and historical attractions. Van Reenen is also home to The Llandaff Oratory, the smallest Roman Catholic church in the world. The 8 seat church was built by a father, in memory of his son who died in a mining accident.
Oaklands staff can recommend Van Reenen's tour guides, to make sure you see and experience the best that the South African small town gem has to offer.
Outdoor adventure sports
Van Reenen is home to a number of bush camps, backpackers, lodges and farmsteads. Many of these offer outdoor activities which allow visitors to experience the stunning natural setting in exciting ways.
Mountain biking, rock climbing, quad biking, hiking and cave exploring are all popular.
Traditional African culture
Experience traditional Zulu and Sotho culture with a guided tour of a local village.
Visit a traditional healer or kraal, experience Zulu dancing and ethnic dishes, view rock paintings, or learn about the medicinal uses of local plant life.
Van Reenen's annual highlights
The small town's yearly calendar is packed with fun events that are well worth attending should they coincide with your trip to Oaklands.
April: Paper Chase horseback route
May: The Great Gatsby horseracing day
October: Mountain Bike Challenge
November: Yenza Cultural Festival, hunting the hounds (English drag hunting)
December: Motocross endurance rally