22 December 2015

Bompas Trading Junction, Van Reneen, Kwazulu-Natal/Free State, South Africa

Green Lantern Inn,  Van Reneen

During December 2014 my husband and I stayed for a few days at the Green Lantern Inn in Van Reenen, Kwazulu-Natal/Free State, South Africa. This was our base while we explored the surrounding small towns. We enjoy discovering the historical sights and buildings of our small South African towns/dorpies.  I also love to photograph old buildings! Another aspect we enjoy is meeting and chatting to interesting people on our travels.

We discovered Bompas Trading Store just down the road from the Green Lantern Inn. If you pass through Van Reneen during this holiday period do take the time to pop in and browse around this authentic trading store but with the added bonus of retro/vintage items for sale. A feast for the eyes! Cathy, the owner is a lovely lady and she is happy to share her love of the area. 

Directions: Travelling from Durban, as you reach the top of Van Reenen's Pass you will approach a Caltex Garage on your right.  Immediately after the garage you will see a 'Green Latern Inn' sign. Turn  right and drive behind the Caltex garage and you will come across a cluster of buildings, one being the Green Lantern Inn and to the left of the Inn is the Bompas Trading Store.

'The Green Lantern Inn (Tel: 058 671 0027). This historic hotel is more than 110 years old and is the centre point of Van Reenen Village.  Its pub is steeped in history as it was an officer’s mess during the South African (Boer) war. A favourite stop over for sports groups going between Johannesburg and Durban, especially “Comrades” runners.'

' Bompas Trading Store (Cell 082 456 7387) is just down the road about 150 metres from the Green Lantern Inn. A typical small rural trading store with one very big difference; whilst you can buy mealie meal, sugar tins of beans etc. and everything else that a rural trading store usually sells. At the same time  browse through a fascinating  range of antiques, collectables and other  interesting items. You never know what you may find.'

  Bompas Trading Junction, Trading Store positioned to the left of the Green Lantern Inn

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