South Africa’s most haunted places

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this list of South Africa’s most haunted spots still has the ability to send a slight chill down your spine

Victoria Hotel, Pretoria

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This old hotel in Pretoria is said to be home to various ghostly guests, the most famous of which is Alfie. A little boy who likes to play with the taps, turning them on and off just as you are about to take a bath.

The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

Many people have said that they have seen apparitions at this world famous tourist spot. From prisoners to guards, but many has 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.

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

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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

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Today the Old Gaol is a beautiful backpackers in Grahamstown, but some still believe that it 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 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.

Rudd House, Kimberley

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Built in the 1870’s The Rudd House 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 mustache.” 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 on 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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