Virginia Tourism, South Africa

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Virginia is a gold mining town located in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province in South Africa about 140 km (90 mi) northeast of Bloemfontein the provincial capital. Virginia is surrounded by some of the largest gold fields in Free State, and its economy is dominated by mining, gold-extraction plants, and the manufacture of sulfuric acid from gold ore. It is also known for having the deepest pipe-mine into the earth on the planet. Commercial farms in the surrounding area primarily grow maize (corn) and raise livestock. Virginia is located on the main rail line between Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. In 1890, two railway surveyors from the state of Virginia in the United States etched the name of their birthplace on a boulder near the farm Merriespruit. When a railway siding was eventually established at this spot, the name was adopted, and it stuck after the discovery of gold in 1949 which resulted in a mushrooming settlement on the banks of the Sand River. In 1988 the Sand River burst its banks and flooded parts of the town. In 1994 the Merriespruit tailings dam disaster occurred just outside Virginia, killing seventeen people. On the 5 December 2000, Virginia was incorporated into the Matjhabeng Local Municipality along with the city of Welkom and the towns of Allanridge, Hennenman, Odendaalsrus and Ventersburg. During the apartheid era, black people were removed to live outside Virginia in the location of Meloding.


Unplug yourself and have a laid-back vacation at Virginia, South Africa. This city offers countless opportunities to click pictures for your travel journal. The nearest major city to Virginia is Bloemfontein. Attractions in Bloemfontein include Cheetah Experience, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Naval Hill And Franklin Game Reserve. If you want to fly to the destination, you can choose the nearest major airport to take a flight. The nearest major airport is Bloemfontein Airport. A holiday in Virginia can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Virginia*

  • Virginia: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Virginia for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Virginia.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 75 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 100 (Very High)
    • Attacks 75 (High)
    • Drug offense 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 75 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in Virginia - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 25 (Low)
    • Climate Index 96.24 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Virginia

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Virginia

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.97 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 65.73 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.89 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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