DOORNBULT 

S 29°38’25.67  E 24°17’00.23

Doornbult Concentration Camp Cemetery

Doornbult Concentration Camp Cemetery

The Heritage Foundation has a 10 year lease contract on the farm Doornbult, near Hopetown, and assists in the conservation of the concentration camp site and cemetery. The Heritage Foundation provides professional advice to the landowners, has installed a museum display and coordinated archaeological excavations at the site. A small visitor centre was constructed in 2013 using recycled material, from an old vandalised hotel next to the Orange River Station.

There was an enormous British camp which housed more than 16 000 troops at the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War. The remnants of a concentration camp (with cemetery), hospitals, forts, canon emplacements, a block house and much more are visible on the site.

When one takes a guided tour of the terrain, thousands of artefacts at the site of the concentration camp are visible. There are signs of tent floors, rusted pots, wire baskets, children’s toys, tins and many more items strewn unhindered in the veldt.

Other sites include the concentration camp cemetery with foot paths and graves, and a restored blockhouse.

Contact details for guided tours and accommodation:

Owner: Mrs Rina Wiid

Tel. 053 203 8105

 

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