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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.

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

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 227

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

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

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

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

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 341

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

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

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