The quaint Karoo town of Colesberg is best known for being the 'pitstop' when driving on the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg. However there is more to this town than it's convenient location and abundance of overnight accommodation for weary commuters. Whether you are just taking a break for the night or spending a few days, Colesberg has a lot to offer.
Since Colesberg has an amazing climate with hot summer days and moderate temperatures in winter, outdoor activities are ideal! Enjoy the starkly beautiful karoo landscape and flora and fauna by hiking or mountain-biking around Coleskop, the mountain after which the town is named. For the water babies, Gariep Dam is nearby and hosts a variety of water sports, events and tours of the dam wall. Many of these outdoor attractions are in walking distance of the hotels and bed & breakfasts around Colesberg.
Animal life plays a big part in Colesberg, since it is primarily a sheep-farming area producing many of South Africa's top merinos. It is also renowned for producing high-quality racehorses and many stud farms, including one owned by golfer Gary Player, are located here. If you are interested in the wild(life) side of Colesberg, visit the Horse Mill in Bell Street or arrange to tour one of the town's historic farms. There are also Game Farms in Colesberg, and hunting trips can be arranged for those who are so inclined.
While you are in Colesberg, take the opportunity to learn about and enjoy it's rich cultural history. Take a walking tour of the town where you can appreciate the early Karoo architecture of the oldest buildings which display a mixture of Cape Dutch and Georgian styles - complete with reed ceilings, yellowwood beams, small gardens and white-washed gables. The Kemper Museum is fascinating with its ancient fossil displays, photo exhibition of the Karoo nomads' lives and re enactment of the Erasmus Jacobs' discovery of "Eureka" at Hopetown (the first recorded diamond find in South Africa) and definitely worth a visit.
With so much to see and do in Colesberg, you may want to spend a few days. Check out some of the self-catering accommodation on offer which will allow you the freedom to sample the local fare of the area.
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Toverberg Guest Houses consist of restored historical town houses in the quiet part of Colesberg. Colesberg is a traveler's oasis on the main routes to the coast and interior where the N1 and the N9 m... More Info
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Serving Trans Orange and Trans Karoo travellers since 1857, the Glasgow Pont is one of the very last of the last old -time Bo Karoo hotels. Located just a mile from the Orange river and a 5 minute dri... More Info
Van Zylsvlei B&B is situated 6km north of Colesberg on the right hand side of the N1 highway. It is a small farm with very safe overnight accommodation and plenty of open spaces where the kids can enj... More Info
The Barracks, a fully serviced Guest House, is situated in a quiet area of Colesberg opposite the tennis courts and within easy walking distance of shops, etc.
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Quaggasfontein has been pursuing conservation measures to re-establish the environment to the state that existed before the advent of commercial livestock farming some two hundred years ago. This has ... More Info
Tranquil and well appointed as well as pet and child friendly, The Paddocks is an upmarket place where you can relax on the patio with a drink in hand and view the magnificent surrounds of the Karoo. ... More Info
Expect a warm welcome, friendly personal service and distinctive style. With 13 beautiful en-suite units to choose from, secure parking, and a cosy breakfast room which can seat up to 30 people.
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Sunset Chalets offers the traveler exceptionally clean accommodation at an affordable rate. We pride ourselves on providing the cleanest accommodation you can find. Our units are maintained and well ... More Info
Crane Cottage Guesthouse is situated next to the historical NG church and within walking distance from restaurants and coffee shops. Located near the N1 highway, approximately half way between Cape To... More Info
River Destiny Lodge is situated along the banks of the exquisite Orange River. Ideal half way stop for the traveller from Johannesburg to the Cape or Eastern Cape. You will be greeted by friendly host... More Info
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Beautiful landscape though dry due to draught. The dusty road to Quaggasfontein should be regularly graded to close up uneven surface.
- Gustaff Tselapedi
- Helene Schreuder
Colesberg is ideal for a stopover, when taking the long roadtrip from Gauteng to the Cape.
Great accommodation and a choice in eateries.
- Louise Cloete
Small but beautiful and peaceful. Stars come out like spotlights when it gets dark! Lovely!
- Daniel Grinwis
Very quiet village. People are friendly. Restaurants very very good karoo food and pleasant service.
- Andrew Jooste