Arlington is a small farming town in the Free State province of South Africa – a little place of few streets and houses.
As with the rest of the north-eastern Free State, the village of Arlington is supported by a very strong agricultural district, especially cattle studs for the Simmintaler, Simbra and Angus breeds. This little town is the perfect example of a typical Free State farming “dorpie” and visitors will find the unique charm that goes with that, they can even participate in farm tours to learn more about the area.
Hunting and other outdoor activities are par for the course in Arlington. Hunting is usually restricted to certain times of the year, but birding, hiking trails, horse riding trails, in fact almost any of kind of outdoor trails can be found around this countryside. Arlington is a stopover for outdoor enthusiast and those looking for country charm and relaxation!
In the vicinity are also Leghoya ruins (beehive huts from stone) that can be seen at the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve.
Arlington may be a very small town, but it still offers visitors a chance to stay over for a night or two in one of their accommodation establishments.
Things to do and see
- Agricultural Tours
- Horse Riding Trails
- Hiking & MTB Trails
- Piekniekdraai Resort Dam
- Game Hunting Farms
- River Rafting
- Leghoya Ruins & Beehives
Arlington receives approximately 657 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily flights into the Bram Fischer Airport in Bloemfontein approximately 222 Km’s away along the N1 and N5 or into O R Tambo International in Johannesburg, approximately 253 Km’s away along the R57. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Arlington was established primarily as an agricultural rail-link between the Lindley and Senekal Line and the Bethlehem and Steynrus Line. When the Harrismith-Bethlehem line was extended in 1903/1904 and taken through to Kroonstad, a siding was established on the farm Port Arlington to service the towns of Senekal and Lindley.
A village started to develop and by 1910 it already had a police station, a post office, a bank, a few shops and residential houses. It was named Arlington and officially became a town in 1930.
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