Matjiesfontein, Western Cape
Visitors to the charming and quaint little village of Matjiesfontein will not find it difficult to understand why it was declared a National Historic Monument after its restoration in 1970. The iconic town, which was built to be a health-resort in 1883, boasts one of South Africa’s most impressive collections of Victorian buildings and a walk down its streets very much feels like a journey into the past. Together with the unchanged architecture, tourists can expect the same hospitality and character that made the town a trendy destination for English aristocrats who came to enjoy the clean Karoo air at the turn of the 18th century. In addition to working attractions like the Lord Milner Hotel, the Laird’s Arms Pub and the Masonic Lodge and Coffee House, the vintage cars and trains of the Transport Museum and the eclectic collection of Victoriana in the Marie Rawdon Museum will ensure a memorable experience.