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Jansenville

Situated in the plains of the Camdeboo just north of the Klein Winterhoek mountains lie the small Karoo towns of Jansenville and Klipplaat.  Together with the hamlet of Waterford, these combine to form the Ikwezi Municipal Area.
Jansenville lies in the heart of the Noorsveld with its distinctive spiky plants while Klipplaat lies in an area of typical Karoo vegetation.  Angora goats thrive in these conditions and Jansenville has for long been the heart of South Africa's mohair production.    
In the heyday of railways in South Africa, Klipplaat was an important railway junction being the point at which the main Cape Town to Port Elizabeth line branched off towards Graaff-Reinet.  Sadly those days have passed and Klipplaat has become a quiet little place.

Situated in the plains of the Camdeboo just north of the Klein Winterhoek mountains lie the small Karoo towns of Jansenville and Klipplaat.  Together with the hamlet of Waterford, these combine to form the Ikwezi Municipal Area.

Jansenville lies in the heart of the Noorsveld with its distinctive spiky plants while Klipplaat lies in an area of typical Karoo vegetation.  Angora goats thrive in these conditions and Jansenville has for long been the heart of South Africa's mohair production. 

In the heyday of railways in South Africa, Klipplaat was an important railway junction being the point at which the main Cape Town to Port Elizabeth line branched off towards Graaff-Reinet.  Sadly those days have passed and Klipplaat has become a quiet little place with the station in a derelict state.

The Jansenville area offers visitors a typical Karoo experience - clear skies with the brightest stars at night, clean air, wide open spaces, a rich history, comfortable guest houses, succulent Karoo cuisine, prehistoric fossils, guest farm activities, hunting opportunities for local and foreign hunters. Jansenville also offers several small town events worth attending.

Bowls are played and visitors are always welcome.

Please follow the links to read more about this fascinating area.

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Upcoming Events (click here for all events)
Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees
In 2014 the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees is building yet again on its winning recipe of Wild Activities including top SA artists live on the Big Stage, wine and gourmet lifestyle plein featuring old school Rock, rythym and blues program, Safe kids Square, Snow world for the young @ heart, tandem skydives for the adrenalin junkies, succulent “Smiley” Banquet and much, much more...
27th June 2014 to 29th June 2014
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The 5th annual Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival promises to take the event to new heights with a strong programme appealing to a range of audiences.
24th July 2014 to 26th July 2014
National Heritage Symposium More about National Heritage Symposium
Richmond is the host town for the National Heritage Symposium. Reserve your space to meet Len Raymond, Graham Viney and other South African Heritage Legends and experience the Karoo’s finest hospitality.
17th October 2014 to 18th October 2014
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The Mohair Experience Boutique in Jansenville just received a wonderful range of new stock. For the finest mohair products at reasonable prices, give us a call for socks, blankets, sherpers, scarves, shawls, ponchos, gloves, beanies, carpets, yarn (to knit with) and jerseys.

The Cape Journal

A Historic Guide on the town and villages as farming and trading communities. Featuring mohair and Angora goats; Present and future developments; Popular hunting farms, and accommodation.

Some of the information on this website was extracted from this informative book. It contains a lot more detail, and can be ordered from the Sid Fourie Museum.

The Cape Journal

 

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