The quaint town of Colesberg, between Hanover and Springfontein, lies within a typical Karoo landscape of clear skies and small koppies (hills) with the most well-known Coleskop Hill on the horizon. The Coleskop Hill was formally known as “Toverberg” (Magic Mountain) which seemed more appropriate and was so named because, for the traveler, it is visible from 40 km, but as you travel towards it, it never appears to get any closer.
Colesberg is only 220 km from Bloemfontein and is the perfect stopover when travelling between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Karoo is famous for its wide open spaces and healthy climate so if you find yourself staying overnight there are a few outdoor activities available such as hiking or mountain biking and we definitely recommend star gazing as it just seems that every star out here, shines brighter than normal.
Colesberg lies in the sheep farming district of the country and breeds many of the country’s top Merino’s. It is also renowned for producing high-quality racehorses. The town has also retained a few interesting reminders of the past which include a few national monuments, the Cape Karoo Cottages in Bell Street and various cemeteries. A walking tour of the town is available and visitors should visit or call the Colesberg Information Centre to inquire about a township tour and the various churches with interesting architecture styles.
Colesberg accommodation varies from luxury Hotels, Lodges and Guest Houses to backpackers, camping and caravan parks.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Kemper Museum
- Doornkloof Nature Reserve
- Coleberg Dutch Reformed Church
- Garden of Remembrance
- Colesberg Mountain Bike Trail
- Colesberg Walking Tour
- Old Horse Mill Pub
- The Karoo Ostrich Farm
Rainfall occurs in the mid-summer months, with February and March seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 15˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein. Colesberg is approximately 220 km away and car rental companies are located at the Airport.
Colesberg can also be reached along the N1 from Johannesburg, approximately 680km, or Cape Town, approximately 790 km.
April/May – AfrikaBurn Festival: This is a freedom of expression festival with the intention of building a temporary community. If you participate in this festival you are expected to assist in whatever way you can. Visitors camp out providing everything for themselves from food and water to shelter. There are no cash sales or promotions of any kind. This is an exercise in total self-reliance.
Founded in 1830 on an abandoned station of the London Missionary Society, the town was named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, the then Governor of the Cape Colony. The site of the town lay on one of the well-travelled routes used by traders, hunters and explorers to gain access to the interior.
The first few decades of Colesberg produced a town full of unruly wandering hunters, adventures and thieves and gunpowder and liquor were the order of the day until law and order were established.
Colesberg also saw its fair share of skirmishes and battles during the Anglo-Boer War and many of these battles fought between the British and the Boer took place over the hills surrounding the town.
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