Welkom is South Africa's youngest town and has been the
centre of the gold fields since 1947. The town sprung up after gold
was discovered on a farm called St Helena.
Welkom has grown perhaps with a faster rate as Johannesburg, yet is
proud of the fact that its traffic system of traffic circles were so
well designed that they still have only a few traffic lights. It is
in the Free State the second largest town and the core of the relatively
recent geologic windfall of the Free State.
Places of interest unclude:
Arts & Crafts
The work of the handycapped residents of the Ernest Oppenheimer Hospital
is on show.
Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre
The town's best thespians and ballet dancers grace this modern complex.
Named after the businessman who planned the layout of Welkom.
Welkom's flamingoes inhabit this scenic recreation area.
A complete history of gold and its mining and production is on display
in the library.
Some of the deepest and riches mines can be visited.
Welkom has many monuments including, Aandek Monument, Afrikaans Language
Monument, Joanne Pim Monument, WWII Monument, Voortrekker Memorial,
Dog Monument, Old Indaba bleugum tree and MOTH Memorial.
Museum of Welkom
This public library houses display the discovery of gold in Welkom,
town's history and bird and animal life indigenous to this region.
North Park Fleamarket
Haggle for a bargain every second Saturday of each month.
Parks to visit in Welkom is Central Park, Peter Pan Park, Van Riebeeck
Park and West Park.
South Africa's newest racetrack. It consist of both a high speed oval
and a well designed conventional track.
A municipal sports centre offering rugby,soccer, netball, tennis, hockey,
cricket, bowling and snooker facilities.
A tranquil pan and bird sanctuary