Beaufort West at a glance
Beaufort West the heart of the Karoo, the land of space and the gateway to the Western Cape. With an excellent infra structure to meet the needs of tourists traveling through and those who wish to live in the beautiful Central Karoo with its many hidden surprises.
Nestled between the Nuweveld mountains and situated in the centre of Africa’s largest plateau it is considered a wonder of the scientific world. Beaufort West is one of the richest ‘Stone Age’ towns. Beaufort West is 465km from Cape Town, 180km from Oudtshoorn and 250km from George. It is a peaceful and safe area.
The town with the first municipality in SA, now well on its way to it’s 200th anniversary, was founded by Lord Charles Somerset in 1818. The old historic buildings, churches and beautiful architecture tell the story throughout our town which is decorated with ancient pear trees a few of which still remain.
Many famous names are depicted in street names and buildings for example some fine Herbet Baker architecture in Governor Stroeble’s street. In famous heart surgeon Chris Barnard’s father’s church (museum) couples still get married today. The heart museum is visited by thousands every year.
The Karoo National Park, with its mountain pride, its beautiful setting, lies just outside town. Viewpoints, motor drives, walking trails and many animal species make this a real Karoo experience. An award winning Caravan Park and beautiful thatched chalets host people from all over the world.
A beautiful town to live in, with excellent weather, dry climate and summer rainfall. Very fertile soil and well fed with underground water.... a result is the beautiful gardens, specially roses and trees.
There are dual medium schools. A provincial hospital, doctors, pharmacies, chain stores and exclusive coffee shops. “Oom Tim Ellis se fietswinkel”, antique shops and beautiful Guest Houses are but some of the places of interest which also reflects the local artist’s work.
A very active community with Sports clubs eg.Golf, tennis, rugby, netball, gym and big time hunting. Hunting became very popular in this area therefore a lot of hunting lodges in and around town. The best lamb and mutton is renowned to come from this area ....... the secret the ‘Karoobossie’!
Why should you buy property in Beaufort West? The secret and the answer lies beyond the dessert of the Great Karoo! Shortage of energy sources throughout the world led to scientific experiments focusing on the Great Karoo, Beaufort West district specifically for the mining of uranium and uranium byproducts. This is resulting in tremendous development.