Beaufort West is the largest town in the arid Great Karoo region, and is known as the “Capital of the Karoo”. It is the centre of an agricultural district based mainly on sheep farming, and is a significant town on the N1 national road.
Beaufort West became the first municipality in South Africa on 3 February 1837 and had the country’s first town hall. The old Town Hall and the Dutch Reformed Church have been declared national monuments.
Beaufort West is a typical country town with a rich romantic history. The oldest town in the Great Karoo is ideally situated as a central base from which to explore the Great Karoo from Chris Barnard Museum to the Karoo National Park.
The little town lies in what became the world’s richest collecting grounds for fossils. Today visitors can find out more about them by following the fossils trail at the Karoo National Park.
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