Exploring the Karoo and Matjiesfontein
The ancient desert region of the Karoo is one of the most accessible wilderness areas in
the Western Cape. The borders of the Karoo are located a few hours’ drive from the city
of Cape Town, and the region’s tranquillity and breathtaking scenery make it an ideal
destination for a relaxing spiritual wellness vacation in South Africa.
There are many worthwhile stops in the Karoo,
not least of which is the beautiful, quaint town of
Matjiesfontein. Wedged into the arid Karoo
landscape, which sprawls across the Southern
reaches of the African continent, the historic town
of Matjiesfontein is a holistic wellness travel
destination that provides a respite from the
stresses of modern living.
Majtiesfontein was not always a languid desert getaway. This desert outpost was used as
a base for the British soldiers during the Anglo-Boer War, and was in danger of falling
into disrepair before the town was restored and declared a National Historic Monument.
Rumoured to be the most haunted town in South Africa, populated by a variety of
friendly ghosts, Matjiestown boasts a number of unique attractions that make it an
unforgettable holistic wellness travel destination.
• Lord Milner Hotel
The Lord Milner Hotel gives you the opportunity to revitalise yourself, taking in
the crystal-clear Karoo air while relaxing
beside a sparkling pool. Once you have
watched the spectacular Karoo sunset,
recline in an antique chair in the hotel’s
Royal Lounge, where town founder James
Douglas Logan once idled the evenings
away with his distinguished guests.
• Laird Arms Pub
The Laird Arms Pub is both a top-quality
pub and an historic site. Over the years, the venue has served as a town hall and
a butchery, but today is the perfect destination for Matjisfontein visitors looking to
unwind with drinks over a traditional Karoo lamb curry.
• Matjiesfontein Transport Museum
If you have a passion for vintage cars, you won’t want to miss o