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Haunted places in South Africa

In the spirit of Halloween we take a look at some of South Africa’s reportedly most haunted spots.Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these spots does have the ability to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up a bit.

Victoria Hotel, Pretoria



Situated in the historic Pretoria, the Victoria Hotel is well known to be home various ghostly guests. The most famous is a little boy called Alfie who likes playing with the taps, turning them on and off just as you are about to take a bath.

The Castle of Good Hope



It comes as no surprise that this world famous tourist spot in Cape Town has been reported by many tourists as haunted. From prisoners to guards, the grounds are said to be filled with apparitions. Some have even said that they have seenthe ghost of Governor van Noodt who was found dead at the castle with a ghastly expression on his face.

Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein



This beautiful little town in the heart of the Karoo has always had stories of ghostly origins connected to it. Many people say that a woman wearing only a negligee has never checked out of her room and still walks the halls of the hotel.

Nottingham Road Hotel, KZN Midlands



There is no denying that this hotel is a picturesque setting, but things take a turn for the ever so slightly creepy when you find out that many people believe that a ghost still calls it home. Charlotte, a turn of the century “woman-of-the-night” fell in love with a British army officer, when he didn’t return her feelings, she apparently killed herself because of her broken heart.

The Old Gaol, Grahamstown



The beautiful Grahamstown is not only a cultural hotspot as it is said that the Old Gaol, which is a beautiful backpackers today, is the most haunted spot in town. Many say you can still see Henry Nicolls walking from gaol to gallows.

PE Library, Port Elizabeth



The beautiful library in Port Elizabeth is said to be haunted by none other than a former employee. In 1943 former caretaker Robert Thomas passed away after 31 years of faithful service, he loved his work and some believe that he still keeps an eye over the library by stacking books on the floor and closing doors. Who said ghosts can’t be helpful?

Rudd House, Kimberley



Built in 1870’s The Rudd House in Kimberley is one of the most famous haunted homes in the country. The House once belonged to mining magnate HP Rudd, but the cries of a baby and the clattering of glass eventually drove the family to leave their home.

Smuts House, Pretoria



Visitors to this historic house has claimed that they have seen a man walking around the grounds, claiming that he is elderly with a “Kruger-like moustache.” He is said to be a secret keeper of the whereabouts of a so-called vast Boer treasure, buried somewhere on the property.

Uniondale, Eastern Cape



Probably one of the most famous ghosts in South Africa resides approximately 19km’s outside of Uniondale at the Barandas turn-off. Maria Roux was killed in a car accident in 1962 on this stretch of road. Her fiance at the time GM Pretorius survived the crash, now the ghost of Maria appears of cold winter’s nights asking for a ride. Once you have picked her up she disappears into thin air leaving only the smell of apple blossoms. 


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