A gem not too far from Cape Town
If you like history then Matjiesfontein is a must. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you can see it all in one morning. The museum at the station is simply packed with social history items relating to Victorian life in South Africa (be sure to go downstairs to the basement displays). We were sorry not to make the bus tour in the red London bus ( it runs at 6pm from Mon to Sat). There is also a transport museum and other interesting places to explore. A must is to have a drink at the Lairds Arms next door to the hotel where the piano is still played every day.
Pam and Cedric Van Dyk
Time stands still
Matjiesfontein is a delightful place to experience being frozen in time from the 1890s to the 1930s. It’s always charming and a great place to visit, either by train or car. This small colonial oasis is situated in the midst of the rather desolate but dramatic Karoo. It’s certainly worth the experience even if the grandeur is somewhat faded and in need of some renovation here and there.
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