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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.

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'.
Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter More about Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter
One way of gauging the nature of a small town is to see how the poorest of the poor are treated.
Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two! More about Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two!
To celebrate the opening of our Karoo Space e-Bookstore, we are offering you all three books (normally priced at $15 each) for the price of two: $30.
Upcoming Events (click here for all events)
Die Wonderwerker at John Rupert Theatre More about Die Wonderwerker at John Rupert Theatre
This film takes a look at an episode in the early life of famous Afrikaans poet Eugene Marais. After spending two years in the wild studying baboons and ants, he arrives at a farm looking for water. He is in a bad way, so the farmer takes him in so he can recover.
3rd September 2014 to 4th September 2014
The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour More about The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour
Be part of this great Karoo adventure taking place 4-6 October 2014 on the farm Fairview, between Middelburg and Richmond. At the Lormar Tour it's all about the vibe, food, relaxation, family and great scenery! We provide a Tour for the whole family not just for the single rider.
4th October 2014 to 6th October 2014
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
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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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