When it comes to hauntings in Africa, there are a number of well documented occasions where either an individual or group of people have had a close encounter with some paranormal activity.
Africa is a continent that is steeped in tradition with tribal religions weighing heavily on ancestor worship and apparent spirit possession, but these hauntings are different.Instead, they offer an amazing insight into another world or dimension.
The Lord Milner Hotel, Matjiesfontein
One of the most famous locations in South Africa for hauntings is the Lord Milner Hotel in Matjiesfontein. Here, there are a number of ghosts that are said to frequent this building that is actually now a national monument, but perhaps the most well known is a 19 year old girl called Kate.
It is said that she was actually a nurse during the Boer War with a love of playing card games, but who then died in some very mysterious circumstances. Since then, her ghost has been seen a number of times including her staring from the top of turrets and the sound of a deck of cards being shuffled from inside her room.
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
This building dates back to the 17th century and it is certainly steeped in history as it is actually the oldest colonial building in the country. There have been a number of hauntings associated with it over the decades with several different ghosts being attributed to the castle.
These ghosts include a tall gentleman who jumps off the walls, a lady in gray, a former governor who died in 1715, a soldier who was found hanging from the bell tower, and also a black dog. This site really is off the charts when it comes to paranormal activity.
Richly House, Port Elizabeth
Richly House can perhaps best be described as having had quite a varied history and that just seems to add to the potential for paranormal activity. However, during its time as a nursing home as well as a brothel it certainly had a number of rather interesting characters and several of them have been spotted a number of times around the building.
The key encounters include a nun, a baby crying, a gentleman who causes absolute chaos in several rooms and a woman who is dressed in period costume. With so many ghosts around, there is a much higher chance of you actually being able to encounter one.
The Uniondale Hiker
This is perhaps one of the most famous hauntings in Africa and it has certainly made a major impact in the world of paranormal studies especially considering it only dates back to 1968. Uniondale is in the Eastern Cape part of South Africa, and this particular haunting deals with a main road called the N9.
The origin of the story comes from a car accident in 1968 where a couple were driving and were killed in the accident. The woman was asleep at the time and the story behind it is that her sudden end has resulted in her appearing on the road trying to hitch a ride.
She has been seen a number of times by and indeed people have reported picking her up with her sitting in the back seat. She then vanishes from their car accompanied by a shriek. Please see Highway Sheila Terror for more information.
The Flying Dutchmen, Cape of Good Hope
Is there any surprise that there is a particularly good ghost story connected to the Cape of Good Hope? This particular haunting is known as The Flying Dutchmen, and it is directly linked to a Dutch ship that sank off the coast in 1641.
The ship, and its crew, have been sighted by a number of people since then with some stating that its sails are spotted out on the water. However, the thing that terrifies them even more is the belief that they too will meet a terrible fate and die at sea as a result of seeing this haunting. How true this is does remain up for debate.
Nottingham Road Hotel, KZN, South Africa
This hotel in the Midlands has a particularly well known haunting involving a prostitute from around 1900 who apparently fell head over heels in love with a soldier in the British army. The only problem was that he did not feel the same, so she eventually killed herself by going into room number 10 and throwing herself off the balcony.
Now, she is seen wandering around the hotel as if she is just making sure that everything is running nice and smoothly and she is in no way seen as an malevolent entity even though she has been spotted by a lot of people.
Africaner Museum, Kimberley
Some say that the city of Kimberley is one of the most haunted in the world and this museum has one of the strangest haunting stories out there. The ghost in this instance is actually an old librarian who was guilty of stealing some of the money that came into the library for his own use.
He was caught and felt so ashamed that he took his own life by using a cyanide pill. The only problem was that it took days to work and his ghost is now said to walk the museum crying out in pain. People have also commented on books being rearranged in the morning.
As you can see, the famous hauntings in Africa tend to come from just one country, South Africa and there are good reasons for that.
Hauntings and spirits take on a completely different meaning in other parts of Africa where they are more likely to be aligned with ritual and religion whereas the tales mentioned above come from parts of the continent with a more western approach.
We have a greater fear of spirits and are more likely to see them as being more sinister, so to us even tales of ancestor worship or wandering spirits would be scary and stay in our minds. The one thing that is certain is that there are a number of famous hauntings in Africa, and they are just as scary as those from other parts of the world.
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