Afrikaans name: Tarkastad
Tarkastad is a small village that was established in 1864 after first being established as a church centre in 1862. The town is located on the banks of the Tarka River but there is some uncertainty as to the origin of the name of Tarakastad. Two possibilities are from the Celtic word "Tarka" which means "otter" or the Khoi-Khoi word "Traka" which means "women". The only thing is the word "stad" which is Afrikaans for city.
The village has traces of British influence with its Victorian style lamp posts.
Tourist activities in the area include a hiking trail in the Winterberg Mountains, some rock engravings on a nearby rock and trout fishing.
Above - War memorial
Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1880)
Above - Presbyterian Church (1881)
Above - Beautiful scenery in the vicinity of Tarkastad
References and further readingConollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 165
Country Life - Issue 244 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 26
On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 282
Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 161
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 223
The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 83