An oasis in the middle of the Karoo. You make this town your own. It once had a bank, jail, and post office, all of which have been preserved. Fantastic gardens and cool private museums. The locals are all very friendly and very hospitable in their unique Western Cape way. The 15min "shortest tour in South Africa," is a must, the guide, I forget his name, sets a humorous and epic Kaapie tone for Maaitjiefontein. Fantastic spot and definitely worth the stop!
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- The Lord Milner is a lovely Victorian Hotel, full of history and atmosphere, begging to be explored. Matjiesfontein, the town itself has wonderful gardens to leisurely lose yourself in, interesting museums abundant with all sorts, as well as the typical general store/gift shop, a small chapel, a coffee house full of homemade goodies, an old courthouse, a recently renovated church and The Laird’s Arms Bar. Most evenings, one can enjoy a ride on the old London bus and tour the grounds with our entertainer Johnny. Then experience sundowners in the Laird's Arms. Dinner is served from 7-9pm in our beautiful candlelit dining room. We’ve hosted some beautiful weddings and outrageous birthday parties in our transport museum or the old Courthouse. We are only 3 hours from Cape Town by road or take the train.. "The Train to Matjiesfontein". ... more less
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