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Harrismith is a small country town located in the eastern region of the Free State province, and
was established in the mid 1800's due to its strategic position during and after the Anglo-Boer
War, and named after former British governor of the time Sir Harry Smith. Today Harrismith serves as an important agricultural region, located at the centre of one of South Africa's five major wool producing regions. The town is alo home to steadliy growing commercial, tourism and industrial sectors, and is home to a population of less than 100 000.
Harrismith is situated a short distance from the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban, and also lies in close proximity to the N5 and N11 highways providing easy acces to the western and northern regions. Though Harrismith is known by many as a truck refuelling point, and home to the largest truck stop in the Southern Hemisphere, Highway Junction, the town has a lot more to offer its visitors and residents.
Located in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, Harrismith experiences cold winters, and as a result, many of the homes in the town have fireplaces. Summer is the rainy season for this region with annual rainfall averaging between 850 and 1000mm.
The tranquil country atmosphere and excellent facilities of Harrismith offer those searching for
property for sale in Harrismith a great quality of life. The town is home to a number of shopping
centres, religious, recreational and educational facilities.
Educational institutions in Harrismith include five high schools, while limited technical training is
available in the town. Satelite campuses of the Free State Technikon and The University of the
North can be found in the nearby town of Qwa Qwa.
Property for sale in Harrismith includes farms, smallholdings, plots, vacant land, both old and new houses, townhouses and guesthouses.
Recreational and tourist activities in Harrismith include a number of exciting outdoor pursuits
which include excellent birdwatching, hiking, 4x4 trails, climbing, golfing, biking and water sports.
Harrismith has gained a good reputation for its factory shops, gardens (both domestic and wild
flower gardens), golf course (the 3rd oldest in South Africa - designed in 1887) and close
involvement with the South African War, with nearby battle sites, blockhouses and a military
cemetery all in the region.