Loxton is one of the major wool-producing centers in the Northern Cape. It is also one of the largest garlic-producing areas in South Africa.
With a population of 1,053 in 2011, the area is quiet and sparsely populated. Afrikaans is the most widely spoken language in the town.
Loxton is one of those rare Karoo villages with plenty of trees. The streets are lined with 100-year old trees, and narrow water channels are used to flood-irrigate residents gardens.
In spring, the air is filled with blossom-scent and in summer fruit and vegetables sprout from enthusiastic gardeners’ plots.
Loxton was originally a farm called Phizantefontein, which was owned by A.E. Loxton, whom the town is named after. The farm was bought from him in 1899 by the Dutch Reformed Church for £7,500 so as to establish a parish for local farmers. The town became a municipality in 1905 as it developed to serve the region’s sheep-farming community.
In March 1961, three-quarters of the town was destroyed by a flash-flood causing the dam above the town to burst.
Activities in Loxton include:
– Hiking, for info call 0533812, ask for 1522.
– San Rock Art Engravings at Kafferskraal, call 0533812 ask for 1513.
– The unique stone Corbelled houses that are shaped like old-fashioned beehives are also found around Loxton. They were built from 1811 onwards by the early trekboers (migratory farmers). Due to the lack of other building materials, consist solely of local stone and have no supporting roof beams.
Even after years of being unoccupied, many of the buildings have been restored and still stand over 100 years after they were first built, as examples of typical vernacular Karoo architecture.
– Bird watching (after good rains) on and around farm dams.
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