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Norvalspont is a town of 1,200 people (2011) in the Free State province.


Norvalspont Concentration Camp Memorial

The name is Afrikaans for Norval’s ferry, and named after an enterprising Scot who constructed a ferry here in 1848.

Norvalspont was the site of a British concentration camp between February 1901 and October 1902.

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The settlement lies some 40 km east-north-east of Colesberg and 43 km west-north-west of Venterstad, on the southern bank of the Orange River, just below the Gariep Dam.

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  • Waschbank Game Lodge, +27 82 337-4220, fax: +27 86 675-9251, . B&B and self-catering lodge on the Orange River. Clay pigeon shooting, hunting and fly-fishing.
  • River Destiny Lodge (Follow the R58 for 3½ km towards Colesberg, you will find a signpost indicating a turn to the right towards the lodge), +27 51 753-0203, . From R100 per person for the chalets and permanent tents.
  • 1 The Glasgow Pont Hotel, 1 Main Street (next to the old railway station), +27 51 755-5010. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. The Glasgow Pont Hotel is a historical site, situated on the border between the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and the Free State provinces. The hotel was established in 1856 to accommodate the numerous Trekkers passing through from Colesberg into the Free State, to escape the British imperialism. It has been serving trans-Orange travellers for more than 150 years at this important junction. From R 150 pp sharing.

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