Colesberg, Northern Cape

Originally an unruly frontier town known for its freebooters and smugglers, Colesberg dates back from the 1830’s when it was established at the very northern border of what was then the Cape Colony. Today the much quieter town offers visitors beautiful examples of early Karoo architecture and the only evidence of its unsavoury past can be found in the Kemper Museum. Located in the old bank building which is now a national monument, the museum has exhibits on the town’s early history and its role in the Anglo Boer War. Its more contemporary exhibit on the donkey-“karretjie” people, as they are affectionately known, can also be supplemented by a real-life encounter with these Karoo nomads who trek from farm to farm, working as they go. Tourists can catch a ride on one of their carts and experience the wonder of the ever-elusive Cole’s Kop, or Toverberg (Magic Mountain), which stands guard over the town of Colesberg.

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