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Information on Beaufort West, Western Cape, South Africa

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Beaufort West is a town in the Western Cape and is the largest and oldest town in the arid Great Karoo region. It forms part of the Beaufort West Local Municipality. The Karoo National Park is adjacent to Beaufort West. Important fossils have been found in the area.

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With modern road and rail links, Beaufort West is ideally situated as a central base from which to explore the Great Karoo and the passes of the Swartberg Mountains. It is also the gateway to holiday resorts in the Western, Eastern and Southern Cape.

Beaufort West is a typical platteland town with a rich, romantic history. The Bushmen once lived here, and fine examples of their rock engravings can still be seen on farms and at nearby Nelspoort.

Today Beaufort West is the centre of an agricultural district based largely on sheep farming and is a significant town on the N1 national road.

As part of an effort to create employment opportunities, a hydroponics project was started and now supplies premium herbs and vegetables nationally.

The old Town Hall and the Dutch Reformed Church have been declared national monuments.


Beaufort West History

The town was founded in 1818 and originally named Beaufort after Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort, who was the father of Lord Charles Henry Somerset, then governor of the Cape Colony. The town was renamed Beaufort West in 1869 to avoid confusion with Port Beaufort in the Western Cape, as well as Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape.

Beaufort West is the site of one of the largest migrations of mammals on record. In 1849, Sir John Fraser (son of the local Dutch Reformed Church minister) observed and famously documented a herd of Springbok that took three days to pass the town.

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