Philippolis 1822

The first settlement in the Free State


Oude Wagenhuys
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"I heard silence for the first time, then swore to myself: this is where I'll spend my last days"

Country Life March 2007

Tigers in the Free State? Varty's conservation dream come true

Country Life September 2010

Verrassing om elke hoek, draai

Die Burger 16 Februarie 2013

Feisty Philippolis

Country Life July 2013

Philippolis Valentines Market

Saturday 13th February 2016. From 17h00

Die Plein....Voortrekker Street

Kiddies Fancy Dress / Prizes / Music / Food and Craft / Stalls

A Tiger Experience at John Varty’s Tiger Canyons
Game Drives and much more...

Accommodation at Starry Nights Karoo Cottages
(National Monument)

Huisgenoot / You - 15 November 2012

Vele helde, ligte werk.

Philippolis se mense was keelvol vir swak diens en ruk nou sommer self hul dorp reg

Dankie vir Starry Nights Karoo Cottages wat akkommodasie verskaf het aan die Huisgenoot span en Die Swartskaap wat middagete verskaf het.

Huisgenoot / You Magazine besoek Philli

Skrywer Deon Meyer besoek Philippolis

Two lucky readers and their partners joined South Africa’s most successful crime author on an exclusive BoekBedonnerd Crime Bus trip through the Karoo. If you’re a fan of crime fiction, you’ll be waiting desperately for the launch of South African crime-writing supremo Deon Meyer’s latest book, 7 Days. To celebrate, two FAIRLADY readers and their partners  joined him during October for a once-in-a-lifetime book tour from Johannesburg to Booktown Richmond in the Northern Cape, where he launched 7 Days.
Meyer shared his beloved Karoo and stories from his writing life, and told about his new book. They stayed at Starry Nights Karoo Cottages in Philippolis, the Stellenbosch of the Free State and birthplace of Sir Laurens van der Post, with a memorable Karoo lamb dinner in Oom Japie Se Huis, also home to one of the finest book-stores in South Africa.

Cleaning up Philippolis

Nuwe padtekens...

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Opregte dank aan almal wie sover soveel gedoen en gegee het om die Philippolis skoonmaak en “heropbou”  ‘n groot sukses te maak.  Ons dorp trek die aandag van belangstellendes oor die hele land heen, nie net vanwee die harde werk nie, maar weens ons positiewe gesindheid van samewerking. Saam kan ons die toekoms van ons dorp inkleur.....lees meer

21 September 2012 - Almal het opgedaag en gehelp

Groot skoonmaak

September 2012

(Local business, Lab-o-Mat, gave us R10 000 Thank you Uys!! Lab-o-Mat has been manufacturing quality form, fill and seal machines for many years. We manufacture a variety of machines at our exceptionally equipped factory in Philippolis, a picturesque town in the southern Free State) more

2010: The NAC (National Airways Corporation) visited Tiger Canyons and Philippoliks during their Baron en Bonanza fly-away. 28 Planes landed at Philippolis and Tiger Canyons had to gear up to accommodate 58 guests. We bought extra game vehicles and we added more seats to existing vehicles...


28 planes - 58 guests

Seatao entertaining some of the guests
28 Oktober
10 Oktober
21 September
15 September