The Paranormal ( Paranormal Phenomenon/Phenomena)
Why "Paranormal?"
Paranormal means something ( unusual experiences, mysterious occurrences, abilities, sightings, objects, encounters, ..)
that is beyond the range of scientific explanation.
Paranormal Phenomena - Extraterrestrial life
Paranormal Phenomena - Unexplained disappearances.
Paranormal Phenomena - Appearance of the spirits of dead persons
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This country is wellknown for it's splendour and beauty and it's ghosts.

Cape Province
Cape Town - Cape of Good Hope
The Flying Dutchman - The most famous phantom ship
A phantom ship ( ghost ship) or the apparition of a Dutch ship said to haunt the waters of the Cape of Good Hope.The ship
have been sighted by seafarers including the  late King George V. The day, 11 July 1881.
According to a legend Hendrik van der Decken, a Dutch captain, failed to sail the Cape of Good Hope. Swearing he would
try until doomsday, was condemned ( for the blasphemy) to sail the the seas forever, never to reach shore.

Mowbray, CT
A room in the basement of Klein Schuur ("Little Barn") is haunted.
A house called Westoe situated in Westoe road is haunted.

Some other haunted houses in Cape Town:
Leeuwenhof ("Lion's Den"), Waterhof, a Cape Dutch mansion,
Bellevue situated in the grounds of St. John's Hostel, Hiddingh House in Newlands Avenue, Newlands,
Tokai Manor in the Tokai Forest Plantation and Kronendal, in Hout Bay
One of the oldest colonial buildings in South Africa is the Cape Town Castle also known as the Castle of Good Hope.  
Construction of this building in stone started in 1666.
It's known for it's ghosts; the governor Pieter Gysbert van Noodt and"the grey lady".

Uniondale.A town in the southern Cape province established in1856.
Uniondale.Click to learn more about the town
It is here (about 20 kms outside town) in 1968  where a young woman's life came to an end in a car
accident.Rumours have it that a number of persons saw her ( her ghost) hitch - hicking. She had
long dark hair and and was dressed in a dark blouse and long pants, said those who saw her.
In one incident  "a motorist claimed he had given a woman a lift in his car outside the town but later
found the passenger seat empty".

The toll-keeper ghost
This ghost story is linked with a place called Seweweekspoort ( Seven Weeks Poort).
It's possibly one of the most magnificent and spectacular of all the mountain ravines in
South Africa. The Seweweekspoort is one of three major gateways linking the Central
Karoo with the Little Karoo in the Cape Province. It winds for 17km through the mountains
at a level of 600-1000m above sea-level. The scenic gravel road that meanders through
Seweweekspoort is known as the Smugglers Route. This was the way brandy smugglers
travelled. The area itself with it's vast plains and blue mountains once sheltered runaway
slaves, smugglers and outlaws.
The ruins of the old toll-house can be seen on the northern entrance to the Poort. According to legend, the ghost of one
of the first toll-gate keepers can be seen on dark, stormy nights. He appears with his lantern, stopping motorists.
As soon as they stop, he disappears, as mysteriously as he appeared!
Another tale goes that he has been seen running frantically along the road, swinging his lantern to warn travellers of
threatening storms and rising rivers.
According to another tale or legend the toll-keeper still demands tribute.
More about Seweweekspoort


The city's Church Square is surrounded by famous historical buildings: the former South
African Reserve Bank, the Volksraad building, the General Post Office,..... The latter is said
to be haunted by ghosts.

Silverton, Pretoria
A house situated in this old residential area east of Pretoria is haunted by the ghost of an unknown man. It is an awful and
scary experience to see this "thing", say family members and friends.  He usually sits in a chair, wears a red jacket and
reads a newspaper.

Garsfontein, Pretoria
Erasmus Castle (Image)
Built in 1903, this lovely old farmhouse known as the Erasmus Castle finds itself a
haunted place in several ghost stories.

Estcourt , Natal
This town accommodates a fort dating back to the early 1800's.For some other
reason numerous ghosts haunt this historical structure.

Pietermaritzburg, Natal
The Polo Tavern is haunted by the ghost of  a person  known as Bosch.He died
in 1919 on the stairs leading to the entrance of the hotel.


“Her ghost has been seen often . . . She wears a kappie(bonnet), has a small waist and wears flowing white clothes that
look like they come from the 1860s,” said Willis......Read the full story

The Macrorie house.A magnificant double story Victorian jewel is haunted by ghosts, strange voices and occurrences.

Buildings, monuments, etc  haunted by ghosts :
*Old Presidency
*Court of Appeal.One of the historic sandstone buildings in President Brand street
*National Womens memorial
*Wynand Mouton Theatre, University of the Free State

Places haunted by ghosts

Image: The yellow/blue substance is a real ghost believed to be that of James
Goch who lived in this house in Eiken ave, Jhb

The Northwards mansion in Parktown Jhb. A  40-roomed mansion, now a
national monument and the Old SABC building in Commissioner Street, Jhb,
is haunted.