Senekal residents campaigned for the foundation of a town, because Winburg was too far removed from them. Since 1873 various petitions regarding this matter was addressed to the Orange Free State House of Assembly.
On 5 June 1877 Senekal was finally acknowledged as a town. The town is named after Commandant Frederik Petrus Senekal who died in 1865 in the skirmishes with the Basotho people. Senekal was founded on the farm De Put of F Malan.
Senekal is in close proximity to many historic places and towns. This is ideal for a day trip with most roads in acceptable condition. Be sure to visit the "klip kerk" church located in the center of Senekal, we were fascinated by the fossil trees found in the area and now used as part of the church perimeter walls. We have listed our favorite little towns below.