|European hunters have been active in this area long before the battle of Vechtkop (1836). Heilbron forms part of the Riemland (Place of Thongs) and the first law on game was already published in 1858. News about this game rich area travelled very fast and it became a Mecca for Sport Hunters. Visit the Vechtkop battle site and museum 20km south of Heilbron.
Heilbron was established on the banks of a strong spruit fed from a perennial fountain. The name Heilbron was given as a symbol that the fountain would be a source of welfare (heil) for the whole community.