The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Colesberg

Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church in Colesberg

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The Colesberg area is sheep farming country and over 500,000 hectares of land are devoted to this activity. Merino sheep are of particular importance. It also has some stud-farms breeding race horses.

The town was founded in 1830 and was initially called Toverberg which was the name of a prominent hill in the area. The hill is visible from 40 km away and is now called Coleskop while the town was later renamed Colesberg after Sir Galbraith Cole, Governor of the Cape Colony.

The area around Colesberg saw a number of battles during the Anglo-Boer war and there are a number of different sites which can be visited. These include Grenadier Guard Rock, Plato Camp, Suffolk Koppie and the site of the Concentration Camp which is now in ruins.

The town has a number of historical buildings icnluding the Colesberg-Kemper Museum.

Quiet street Colesberg

A quiet street in Colesberg

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 51

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 235

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 122

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 313

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 80

Country Life - Issue 246 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 66

go! - Issue 172 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 58

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 114

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 129


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