A 7km drive from Oaklands will take you to this charming countryside settlement that 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, seating just eight people. It was built by Maynard Mathews in memory of his son, Llandaff Mathews, who died while saving the lives of eight co-workers at the Burnside Colliery mine on 19 March 1925. Oaklands staff can recommend tour guides to ensure that you see and experience the best of this South African gem.
Outdoor adventure sports
Van Reenen features a number of bush camps, backpackers, lodges and farmsteads, many of which offer outdoor activities that allow visitors to experience the stunning natural setting in diverse ways. Mountain biking, rock climbing, quad biking, hiking and cave exploring are all popular activities in the area.
Traditional African culture
Experience traditional Zulu and Sotho culture with a guided tour of one of the local villages.
Visit a traditional healer or kraal, experience Zulu dancing and ethnic dishes, view rock paintings, or learn about the medicinal uses of the local plants.
Van Reenen’s annual highlights
The small town’s annual 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 horse-racing day
October: Mountain Bike Challenge
November: Yenza Cultural Festival, hunting the hounds (English drag hunting)
December: Motocross endurance rally