south africa most haunted places

The ten most haunted places in South Africa


south africa most haunted places

Many of us have some sort of weird fascination with the paranormal. Folklore stories and anecdote offer plenty of intrigue and reason to wonder, well, what if?

Also read: South Africa’s creepiest Urban Legends

Like most countries across the world, South Africa is no stranger to stories of places being haunted. So, with it being Friday the 13th, let’s take a look at some creepy spots across the country.

Also read: The Ghosts of Table Mountain

  1. Uniondale

The Ghost of Uniondale is probably one of South Africa’s most famous ghosts. The story goes like this, Maria Roux and her fiancé were driving outside of the town one night when they crashed. Both of them died. The story goes Maria can be seen trying to hitch a ride back into town and disappears when she gets into your car.

  1. Castle of Good Hope

Would it be an old castle if it didn’t have a whole host of ghoulish residents? From the ghost of Lady Anne Barnard who lived there, the ghost of a soldier who hanged himself in the bell tower and the ghosts of soldiers pacing the battlements, this site is one of the most haunted in the country, apparently.

  1. Smuts House, Irene

While its Jan Smuts who lived here, it’s the family who owned the house before him that haunts this joint. Legend has it Smuts’ wife – and many other visitors to the house – report seeing an old man walking on the grounds and in the bedrooms.

  1. Matjiesfontein

Matjiesfontein is legendary amongst ghost hunters. The Lord Milner Hotel is well-known for its mysterious residents. One of them, Nurse Kate, even has her own room – Kate’s Card Room – where the shuffling of cards can be heard. Kate died mysteriously during the  South African War and loved playing cards with her patients.

  1. Kempton Park Hospital

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No haunted list is complete without an abandoned hospital on it. The hospital has long been a  hotspot for paranormal enthusiasts.  The hospital was closed a day after Christmas in 1996. Some equipment was moved from the hospital, but much of it remained, including the patient files. There were plans to refurbish the hospital, but to date, that has not happened.  Ghosts from the psychiatric ward are apparently the most mischievous.

  1. Karoo National Park

Local legend tells stories of a water ghost who lures livestock into a deep pool, where they eventually drown. The numerous unmarked graves in the area adds to an air of creepiness.

  1. Fort Frederick

Fort Frederick is the earliest permanent structure still in existence in Port Elizabeth. The ghosts here are reportedly of the theatrical kind and even host their own Shakespearean play.

  1. Old Presidency, Bloemfontein

The stables here are said to be haunted with several people. From people moving carriages from the stables to a resident dog and school children from when the building was a school and a hostel.

  1. The Flying Dutchman ghost ship at Cape Point

Yep, no spook list is complete without the appearance of a ghost ship. The story goes that a ghoulish ship can be seen setting rowboats into the water. These boats approach the passing ships with letters to be delivered to their loved ones on shore. These ghosts can apparently be traced to a boat, the Flying Dutchman that was caught in a storm back in 1641. The captain refused to turn back and everyone drowned.

  1. The Nottingham Road Hotel, KwaZulu Natal

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The resident ghost here is apparently a woman called Charlotte who lived in room 10. The story goes that Charlotte was a prostitute who fell for a British soldier.

How she died is disputed. One story says that she was murdered by a client who refused to pay. Another says she jumped to her death after finding out her lover had been killed. She now spends her time moving around flower arrangements, straightening mirrors and tidying clothes away. But she only reveals herself to a special few. And Charlotte might even have a friend.

And Charlotte might even have a friend. When the TV crew of Ghost Hunters International visited the hotel in 2007, they believed there was more than one ghost, having apparently heard a male voice.

Bonus: The Green Point Lighthouse is apparently haunted – and some ghostbusters claim they caught the spook speaking on camera. Watch it here.