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City Matjiesfontein

Matjiesfontein located in the Klein Karoo, the land of thirst, is a place where you go back in time. It is a Victorian town which has been totally restored in 1970 and now has been declared as a national monument. Actually, we should not speak of a village, because it is more a beautiful street.

It is located a few kilometres from the N1, 250 km from Cape Town, en route to Johannesburg and is a "stopover" on the Cape to Cairo railway trip! It is a small paradise in the desert. Big names like the father of Winston Churchill, Earl of Hamilton and the Sultan of Zanzibar stayed here like many other princes and counts from the past ...

Once founded in 1884 as a water filling station for steam locomotives it started from here on the long journey through the dry plains of South Africa. And of course there are always enterprising people who see commercial activities in here and so the Scot James Logan arrived in Matjiesfontein and founded the Lord Milner Hotel here. Here the passengers of the passing trains could just enjoy a good meal and spend the night if necessary.

That and the luxury train companies nothing changed; the Blue Train and Rovos Rail give their passengers the chance to discover this village. The Shosholoza Meyl makes a brief stop here, very suitable for people who want to stay here over the weekend.

Day visitors are always welcome and the hotel is worth a visit, you are welcome at the Royal Lounge for a coffee or something stronger ... Do you want lunch or dinner then he Karoo Lamb curries is the specialty here for years now and while enjoying your meal your attention will be quickly diverted to the historic ambience and the antiques of the Victorian era.

One day is too short for you to go in this particularly healthy climate, where the air "is dry like good champagne." A good reason for a night's stay!

You can take a trip with an Old London bus; visit the Transport Museum or the Marie Rawdon Museum. The Royal Navy Sailors from Simon's Town went on leave during the 2nd world war to The Laird's Arms pub for just kick back and relaxing with a drink ...

During your walk through the fairy-tale street you will undoubtedly encounter the still functioning Shell petrol station from 1960 followed by the oldest building in Matjiesfontein; The shops or "Lossieshuis". This property is suitable for the entire family and has a garden where you can just sit in the warm sun with a glass of fresh lemonade.

The post office is still in operation, take and send your post and they also have a gift shop where local products and trinkets are sold from the village.

If you are not passing through and you do not want to make the trip by car, you can go from Cape Town by train to Matjiesfontein and see the endless road and beautiful South African scenery passing before you.... Go stay at the Lord Milner Hotel ... and go back in time!

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