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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.

Tortoise Lady of the Karoo More about Tortoise Lady of the Karoo
A friend who roams far and wide every day of the week, mentioned he’d met an interesting woman in Somerset East. “She fixes up tortoises that have been hit by vehicles,” he explained.
A Trip Through the Karoo Heartland More about A Trip Through the Karoo Heartland
Chris Marais, co-founder of www.karoospace.co.za , is a seasoned travel writer-photographer who has spent more than 30 years wandering the world. He believes the Karoo Heartland offers the finest road-trip route in South Africa. “Road-trippers, in vehicles and on bikes, love the Karoo Heartland for its quaint towns, good accommodations, farm stays and general friendliness. But what they really like about travelling between the dozen-odd towns of the Karoo Heartland are the wide open spaces and that feeling of freedom that comes with drifting through such clear, scenic landscapes.” Chris and his wife Julienne publish print- and e-books on the Karoo, which are used as traveller’s companions for armchair travellers and real-time adventurers. See www.karoospace.co.za for details.
Valentines Dinner on 14th February 2015 More about Valentines Dinner on 14th February 2015
Guests of the Angora Lodge Restaurant were treated to a romantic Valentines dinner
Upcoming Events (click here for all events)
A Dry White Season at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet More about A Dry White Season at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet
The film is set in South Africa, deals with the subject of Apartheid and stars Marlon Brando, Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow and Susan Sarandon.
1st April 2015
Nieu Bethesda’s Pump-Palooza More about Nieu Bethesda’s Pump-Palooza
Come to Nieu Bethesda’s Pump-Palooza on Saturday 4 April 2015, when everything to do with pumpkins will be celebrated.
4th April 2015
Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival More about Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival
The annual Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival is being rejuvenated in 2015 with a unique full month “Winter in Calitzdorp” experience instead of just a festival weekend.
13th June 2015 to 19th July 2015
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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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