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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.

Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve More about Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve
Aquila Private Game Reserve near Touws River has been awarded second place for Service Excellence in the Accommodation category of the Lilizela Awards. The judging was largely based on guest feedback, measurements having been put in place to allow the public to cast their vote.
Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact More about Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact
Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise and celebrate tourism and hospitality businesses that practice exemplary responsible, sustainable and fair business practices.
Schreiner House, Cradock - New Exibitions More about Schreiner House, Cradock - New Exibitions
The exhibitions which have been in the House since it was opened in 1986 have been totally scrapped and an exciting new set was erected in time for last month's 'Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival'. And then in the Ikhamanga Hall, which forms part of the Schreiner House property, there is yet another new exhibition titled '200 000 Years of History; 200 Years of Cradock; and 20 Years of Democracy'.
Upcoming Events (click here for all events)
Painting course in Nieu Bethesda More about Painting course in Nieu Bethesda
Cathy Milner will be teaching a painting course in the Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda. She is an experienced artist and art teacher from Stellenbosch and will be giving tuition to beginner and advanced students. Students may work in acrylic, oil, watercolour or any drawing materials whilst being inspired by the beautiful Karoo scenery.
19th October 2014 to 25th October 2014
BEDFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL - 2014 More about BEDFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL - 2014
Thirteen renowned farm gardens will be open daily. Numerous additional treats include a Sunday jazz concert at Cavers, artists at work at Albertvale farm, fresh regional and seasonal food, warm country hospitality. For more info, go to www.bedford-gardens.co.za or write to info@bedford.co.za
24th October 2014 to 26th 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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