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HANOVER POSTCARD : Olive Schreiner, pioneer of woman's rights in South Africa, referred to Hanover as the "prettiest village I have ever seen". Hanover's unrivalled ambience is provided by the "karretjie" people's donkey carts, pretty historical buildings, old furrows, Schreiner's legacy, excellent pubs and accommodation for tourists.


Hanover is situated on the N1 route between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The town was established in 1856 on the farm Petrusvallei, bought from a farmer called Gert Johannes Wilhelm Gous. Gert Gous requested that the town be called Hanover, after his great grandfarther's town in Germany. 

In 1876 when the building lots were laid out, prospective builders wre told that houses must be built directly on, and parallel to the edge of the road. Gardens could be at the rear of the house. Later, when people wanted stoeps, they were allowed to have these encrouch on the road and pay one shilling a year tax. Owners still pay for this privilege, raised to R10 in 1994.

 Hanover is on the main route and the town is a popular rest area for trucks and enables the community to take advantage of such oppurtunities.

Hanover is also well endowed with qualified construction industry artsans.

Like the other towns in this region, wool is being exported to Port Elizabeth without being processed.



Take a look at the things you can see or do in and around Hanover...


Agora Crafts & Restaurant - Styger Street - Tel : 053-6430224


Hanover Lodge Hotel - Queen Street - Tel : 053-6430019

Halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg and Cape Town to Durban on the N1 route.

Good, clean, fresh and comfortable rooms and old fashioned service.

Swimming Pool

Karoo Cuisine

Country House Hotel

Lock-up garages

Value for money rates


3 Darling Street Guest House

3 Darling Street, Guest House, is small and intimate, a typical Karoo Victorian House furnished in traditional style.

We offer bed and full English breakfast at very reasonable rates, and we also serve a 4 course dinner on request.  We grow our own fruit and vegetables, and pride ourselves on the quality of our meals and service.



Momument, in cemetry where soldiers died in the Anglo-Boer War are buried  - Next to N1, opposite Agora Handcraft Centre


Furrows through the town gives an atmosphere of days long gone by. The furrows supply houses with irrigation water from a fountain that has been running for more than a hundred years without drying up.


Trappieskop, so called because of a series of steps, or trappies, built to the top, from which one gets a panoramic view of the town. Situated in Market Street - Tel : 053-6430053


Agora Crafts and Agora Handcraft Training Centre - Styger Street - Tel : 053-6430224




Anglican Church (1895) - Church Street


Dutch Reformed Church (1907) - Viljoen Street








This perfectly maintained, beautiful building was designed by W.H Ford and completed in November 1908.The clock movement and chimes were manufactured in Cape Town. (tours inside by arrangement - Willie Matthee 053-6430017)

To the south of the church on the corner of Reyneveld and Darling streets is the house used during the Anglo-Boer War as a field hospital.

Hanover Museum, is housed in the first farmhouse around which the town was deveoped. It contains a collection of historical articles from the district - Viljoen Street - Contact Mrs Liebenberg - 053-6430038 or Mrs Kruger - 053-6430041


House of Olive Schreiner. Samuel Cronwright Schreiner, husband of author and feminist Olive Schreiner (whose surname he assumed) was the first attorney in Hanover during the Anglo-Boer War. The house they lived in is now a National monument and can only be viewed from outside - Cnr Grace & Nuwe Streets


Methodist Church - Gouws Street


Mission Church. Built in 1863 and rebuilt in 1911 - Cnr Loop & Queen Streets


Monument. In memory of the boys from Hanover who died in the Second World War - Market Garden - Loop, Darling & Market Streets


Police Offices. (1881) - Church Street - Tel : 053-6430002




To manufacturers of handmade shoes and articles, from sheepskin and leather. Selling directly to the public - Tel : 053-6420194


Moria Primary School - Tel : 053-6430008 and Fax : 053-6430430


Ntlahlela Primary School - Tel & Fax : 053-6430451


Phakamisani High School - Tel & Fax : 053-6430398





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