Beaufort West

Travel to Beaufort West – Culture and Extreme Sports Combined

Beaufort West is a town in the Western Cape province in South Africa. It is the largest town in the arid Great Karoo region and forms part of the Beaufort West Local Municipality. Here you’ll find cultural attractions such as museums and historical buildings as well as natural attractions such as the nearby Karoo National Park.

Beaufort West, the largest town in the arid Great Karoo region, was founded in 1818 and initially 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 Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape, and Port Beaufort at the mouth of the Breede River in the Western Cape. The town was laid out in 1820 and became a municipality in 1836.
Today, Beaufort West is the centre of an agricultural district based mainly on sheep farming, and is a significant town on the N1 national road.

The old Town Hall and the Dutch Reformed Church in Beaufort West have been declared national monuments and are worth a visit. You can also enjoy visiting nearby Karoo National Park as well as the local museum.

There are numerous adventure activities that you can take part in in Beaufort West. These include horse riding, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and even paragliding for those extreme sports enthusiasts amongst you.

Relax by enjoying a spot of bird watching or simply strolling around the town and soaking up the culture and atmosphere. Nearby Karoo National Park also offers a peaceful and naturally beautiful place in which to relax.

  • Participate in sports such as mountain biking, horse riding and paragliding.
  • Use the town as a base for trips to the nearby Karoo National Park.
  • Visit cultural attractions such as museums and historical buildings.


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