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Colesburg is situated on the N1 approximately halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town at the foot of Coleskop. This makes it the ideal stop over place when travelling between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Colesberg was founded in1830 and named after Governor Sir G. Lowry Cole. There is a wonderful museum, the Colesberg Kemper Museum. This museum includes a photographic collection of the Karoo nomads and a section on the Anglo Boer War of 1899 to 1902 as well as the Kemper Collection which dates back to the 1880'ns. It also has a window pane with the letters D P engraved on it with the first diamond found in South Africa. When this engraving was made, the diamond was on its way from Hope Town to Graaff-Reinet for positive identification.
The town is close to the van der Kloof dam where one can find the Doornkloof Nature Reserve. Here one can see animals such as kudu, brown hyena, mountain Reedbuck, steenbuck, grey duiker, bat-eared fox, aardvark and aardwolf.
The Information office will gladly organise a tour of the Anglo Boer War sites in the town. From 1899 to February 1900, Colesberg was the southern front of the war. This tour wil include a visit to Plateau Camp, Suffolk Hill, Grenadier Guard Rock. Memorial Hill and the military cemetery where more than 400 men from 20 regiments are buried. There is also a weekend tour available which includes a visit to Norvalspont prisoner of war camp and cemetery.
On many farms one will find well marked hiking and mountain bike trails.
Colesberg also has one of the last working horsemills in the country.
Various hunting opportunities exist within the Colesberg district.
The Information office will also arrange walking tours of the town on request. When you embark on one of these tours, you will see many of the original buildings of Colesberg showing very fine examples of Karoo architecture.
Colesberg have some very interesting bed and breakfast places and spending a night here is an unforgettable experience.
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This page was last updated on
07 June 2009