The San people lived on the land centuries before the Basotho people arrived here. The presence of the San people in the region is still evident in the form of cave art.
Zastron is small town which is located at the foot of the Aasvoëlberg and close to the Lesotho border. The town is named for the very rare Cape Vultures which nest in the vicinity of the town. This must be an indication that this is a very serene town. The vultures are attracted by a feeding program which was undertaken to help this endangered bird.
The town was established in 1876 and was named after the wife of President Brand, Johanna Sibella Brand (nee, Zastron) on the farm Verliesfontein (Loss Fountain). The town was proclaimed a municipality in 1880; this did not go down without its problems as the nearby residents of Rouxville were opposed to the town and location. Hence it took six years to be officially proclaimed Zastron.
One of the most important art murals depicting life in the times of the San people is preserved in Zastron on the Glen Rosa farm. This mural measures 5 meters high and is reasonably pristine condition. It is actually acclaimed as one of the worlds’ most important pieces of art.
The tourist visiting Zastron will be delighted with all the attractions on offer like;
· Water activities at the Eeufeeskloof Dam
· Hiking in the Champagne Hiking Trail
· Gariep Dam Nature Reserve
· Hippopotamus Caves
· Mayaputi Nature Reserve
· Cable Car trips up the mountain
· Anglo Boer War memorial and grave sites
With the Maluti Mountains in the distance it is obvious that Zastron is in some of South Africa’s most picturesque habitat and the weather is comfortable in summer and slightly chilled in winter inviting those camp fires.
Tourists will not be disappointed in the decision to visit this Northern Free State gem.