Over 150 years ago, the Eastern Free State was “frontier” country. While settlers were starting to put down roots, the area was often in turmoil because of wars and skirmishes – first between the British and the Basotho, and later between the Voortrekkers and the Basotho, and even between the Boers and the British. After the war of 1867, the town of Ladybrand was founded to stabilise the “conquered territories” of the Boers.
Then, 33 years later, the town was again embroiled in violence during the Anglo-Boer War, during which it was occupied by the British.
Today, Ladybrand is a peaceful retreat for those wanting to explore the Eastern Free State, or are heading to Lesotho.
Lying in the shadow of Platberg Mountain is the tranquil, well-established resort of Little Rock Holiday Camp. Surrounded by wind-eroded sandstone that stands out among the lush green trees and bush, the resort gives one the feeling of being in a Pierneef painting. Rounding off the idyllic setting is the melodious backtrack provided by a spectacular range of birdlife.
The resort has 36 grassed sites, most with shade, and 13 self-catering chalets. All the camping sites have electricity, and there are ample ablutions.
Little Rock also has its own lekker little sports pub with satellite TV, where you can order some drinks, and have a jol, and enjoy a meal.