The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Richmond

Loop Street - Richmond


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

Richmond was founded in 1843 to serve the needs of the farmers in the surrounding area. The town is situated in the Karoo which is a very arid area. The N1 highway passes nearby the town.

The town was to be named after Sir Peregrine Maitland, Governor of the Cape, but he refused the honour and insisted that it be called Richmond to honour his father-in-law who was Duke of Richmond. There is also a town named Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal.

Richmond still survives to support the farmers in the area although it does attract a number of tourists as well.

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Roman Catholic Cathedral

Dutch Reformed Church (1908)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Richmond surrounding area

Area surrounding Richmond

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 50

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

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 341

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 155

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 309

Country Life - Issue 254 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 24

Country Life - Issue 276 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 60

Country Life - Issue 182 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 29

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 227


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