The jail was built in 1872 in Philippolis, the oldest "nedersetting" (1823) in the Free State. The Jail has for all practical purposes been left in as close to original state as possible. Experience what a prisoner must have felt like way back then, locked up in one of the cells. But of course, we have added all the modern conveniences that we all have become accustomed to. A stopover well worth going to jail for.
Accommodation is individual "cells" 7' x 10' (2m x 3m) with 24' (60cm) outer walls, and 18" (45cm) inner walls. (Cool in summer - Warm in winter). Very heavy and sturdy wood and steel doors. (Cells are virtually sound proof) Two single "Prison Beds" per cell plus one floor mat.
Braai packs are available in season, as well as wood and charcoal. Braai facilities are supplied. Kitchen with fridge and stove is at the disposal of the "Prisoners", basic utensils are available but you must bring your own supplies. Good cell phone reception in "Jail".
Things To Do:
Hiking trail through town
Canoe trips on the Orange River by arrangement
Bird watching - more than 200 species
Biggest Saddle Horse show on the Platteland (Nov)
Ideal hunting in the area
Theme museum (Emily Hobhouse)
Close to Gariep Dam & Vanderkloof Dam
Excellent Fishing Spots
Visit Laurens van der Post Memorial Garden