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Uniondale is a small town in the Little Karoo in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. The town was formed in 1856 by the joining of two towns, Hopedale and Lyons.[1] Its primary claim to fame is the ghost story of the Uniondale hitcher.[1][2]

The Uniondale Ghost

In stormy weather on Easter weekend of 1968 a young engaged couple had a car accident on the Barandas-Willowmore road around 20 kilometers from the town. The woman, Marie Charlotte Roux, was sleeping on the back seat of their Volkswagen Beetle when her fiancé lost control of the car. The car overturned and she was killed.

The first reported sighting of a ghost matching her description occurred during the Easter weekend of 1976, [1], [2] and since then many other sightings have been reported. All involve a female hitchhiker who is given a lift, then disappears a few kilometers down the road, and some have reported car doors opening and closing, laughter and a chill in the air.


  1. ^ a b c Uniondale, Go24, retrieved 16 June 2007
  2. ^ a b Uniondale, Klein Karoo, SA Venues, retrieved 16 June 2007

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