Travel to Colesberg – Cultural Attractions in Abundance

Colesberg is a South African town in the Northern Cape and on the main road from Cape Town to Johannesburg. It is a travellers’ oasis offering many attractive sites, activities, and accommodation.
In a sheep-farming area spread over half-a-million hectares, greater Colesberg breeds many of the country’s top merinos. It is also renowned for producing high-quality racehorses and many stud farms, including one owned by legendary golfer, Gary Player, are nearby.

Colesberg was founded in 1830 on an abandoned station of the London Missionary Society and named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, then Governor of the Cape Colony. Early travellers called it Towerberg which means the Magic Mountain. The district of Colesberg was proclaimed in 1837 and became a municipality in 1840.

Major landmarks in Colesberg are the Colesberg-Kemper Museum, the Anglican Church, the Doornkloof Nature Reserve, the Vanderkloof Dam, the Anglo-Boer War tour and Suffolk Hill. However, other notable attractions include the Grenadier Guard Rock, the Memorial Hill, Dutch Reformed Church, the Colesberg Garden of Remembrance, the Trinity Methodist Church, and the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

Travellers can participate in game viewing tours in the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve and enjoy an extensive range of water sport facilities or they can opt to tour the Gariep dam wall. Also in Colesberg you’ll find hiking and biking opportunities in abundance.

Relax by simply exploring the town and absorbing its local cultures. Visit cafes and restaurants to sample traditional South African cuisine or marvel at the natural wonders in places such as the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.

The best way to get around is by hiring a car although it may be possible to get around some areas by foot, bike or organised tour.

  • Explore nature reserves such as the Doornkloof Nature Reserve.
  • See stunning historical buildings.
  • Try your hand at a number of water sports.


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