Founded in 1905 on the farms of Mooifontein and Driekuil, this tiny village in the Free State province of South Africa is situated in the foothills of the Rooiberge in the Maluti Mountains. Some of the homes in the village date back as far as 1806. Kestell is just off the N5, about midway between Harrismith and Bethlehem. The settlement was named after Reverend J D Kestell who served as a Chaplain during the Anglo-Boer War
Kestell is a peaceful hamlet snuggled up against the hillside and set off by the monumental Dutch Reformed Church building, designed by the famous architect Gerard Leendert Pieter Moerdijk, who also designed the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria. This church and numerous other buildings, public and private, are built from sandstone. Many date back to Kestell's early days at the tail end of the Anglo-Boer War.