Barkly West Accommodation

The town of Barkley West is just one of many small town dotted across South Africa, with a tiny community and town atmosphere that most travellers will never experience unless they have a specific reason to be there.

The town is situated in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, the driest and least populated of all the 9 provinces. The town lies north west of Kimberley, the province's capital which is a short drive away, and sits happily on the northern bank of the Vaal River. No doubt a result of its position, irrigation is big business in Barkly West, as is dairy farming and a selection of other agricultural activities.

Even though Barkly West - which was named after Sir Henry Barkly, then Governor of the Cape Colony - is little more than a blip on the map these days, historically speaking it has been quite a player. For starters, it was the site of the first major diamond mine in the 1870's. It has been through various incarnations though, each one bringing a new name.

Initially the settlement was known as Klipdrift (a stone ford in Dutch), a direct translation from the !Kora name, Ka-aub, but was later renamed Parkerton during the brief period when the area was known as the  Klipdrift Diggers' Republic. It has also been known as Nieuw Boshof, specifically during the Anglo-Boer War when it was occupied by Boer forces.

The town's main attractions are the numerous heritage sites found in and around Barkly West. The Canteen Kopje for example is the site of early diamond diggings which  revealed ancient fossils too, while the Barkly Bridge was the first bridge built across the Vaal River in 1885.

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Rooftop B&B
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From R400 pps

We welcome people from all over to experience the hospitality of our unique Bed and Breakfast. Rooftop is situated in Barkley West, a small town on the banks of the Vaal River. This is also the main r... Read More

From R420 pps

Come and experience the tranquility and hospitality of the Northern Cape at Die Olyfhuis, an exclusive guesthouse on the farm Holsdam. The farm, situated five kilometers from Barkly West and 39 kilome... Read More

From R300 pps

There are 5 large rooms. 4 is spacious rooms with two 3/4 beds, air conditioner, DSTV, bar fridge, en suite shower and bath and tea, coffee facilities. The other room has a bunk bed with an en-suite ... Read More

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Barkly West
Small peaceful dorpie with friendly people. A lot to do cause its close to Kimberley.
- Emily Bopape

Barkly West
Small town with a big heart.
- Hannes Van Den Berg