Explore: Haunted South Africa

We are not saying that we believe in ghosts but these reportedly haunted spots in South Africa does make us look over our shoulders just in case.

Smuts House - Pretoria

The ghost of the Smuts House in Pretoria is probably the ghost with the biggest secret if reports are to believed. The old man with the “Kruger-like moustache” paces through the house and the garden carrying the secret of where the vast Boer treasure is buried.

Nottingham Road Hotel - KwaZulu Natal

Ghosts with secrets are one thing, but a ghost of a woman with a broken heart is a little bit creepier for some reason. If stories are to believed then Charlotte still walks the grounds of this picturesque hotel in KwaZulu Natal after she killed herself when her love for a British army office went unreciprocated. According to reports Charlotte arranges flower bouquets, bed sheets and even rings for room service!

Rudd House - Kimberley

Rudd House in Kimberley has to be one of the most famous haunted buildings in South Africa. The home was built in the 1870s by H.P. Rudd, chairman of the De Beers Mining Company. Multiple wings were added over the next 100 years, and generations of Rudds inhabited the building until they apparently couldn’t take the sounds of a baby wailing and silverware clanging and moved out. 

Renowned clairvoyant Dr. P.K. Le Sueur studied the house for years, claiming to witness glowing orbs and strange manifestations. Another story documents three journalists sitting around a table getting their photo taken. Only two appeared in the developed picture! 

Victoria Hotel - Pretoria

The Victoria Hotel was built in the 1880’s making it one of the oldest buildings in Pretoria, and it has played host to many guests over the years so it comes as no surprise that some guests decided to never check out. Two of the famous ghosts are “The Gray Lady” and the very mischievous Alfie who likes playing with the taps, turning them on and off just as you are about to take a bath.

Africana Museum - Kimberley 

Originally the Kimberley Public Library built in 1882, it’s now an old, decadent museum, lavish with spiral staircases and still intact with the catalog of more than 14,000 books it featured way back when. And, way back when, there was a librarian named Bertrand Dyer who liked to make a profit off of misrepresenting the prices on books. As the story goes, Dyer’s scam was uncovered and he drank some cyanide, taking more than three days to die and in the process, left his soul behind. If you ever need to find a book, just shout out the title. Apparently Dyer’s ghost will toss it off the shelf for you!

Lord Milner Hotel - Matjiesfontein

It is hard to believe that there is enough rooms for all the guests (living and ghostly) in this beautiful old Western Cape hotel. There is always a party going with the sounds of billiard balls and card shuffling come from “Kate’s card room.” Kate was a young Boer war nurse that loved playing cards and then there is the Lucy who apparently can be seen wearing only only a negligee and has never checked out of her room and still walks the halls of the hotel.

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? The building was erected in 1902, but a fire next door in 1896 burned Police Constable Maxwell to death. His memorial stone was moved to the new library’s gardens, which he apparently disapproved of posthumously. He haunted Room 700 until the stone was put back.

The Castle of Good Hope - Cape Town

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 seen the ghost of Governor van Noodt who was found dead at the castle with a ghastly expression on his face. And then there is Lady Anne Barnard, the colony’s former First Lady who still shows up at parties held for dignitaries, even though she’s been gone for centuries! 

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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