Carnarvon is an attractive and fascinating Karoo village surrounded by the hills that form part of the Karee Mountains in the Northern Cape. Carnarvon and surrounds charm visitors with magnetic hospitality, good traditional food with an historical past. Combined with unique architecture, hundreds of windmills and vistas of flat topped hills, which lures visitors to experience all of this in the peace and quiet of this sparsely populated land.
Carnarvon has much heritage and this can be experienced at the Carnarvon Museum. The museum built in 1907, originally served as a community hall for the Dutch Reformed Church. The corbelled house outside the museum is an excellent example of the many that can be found on farms in the district of Carnarvon.
Koeëlkop, the prominent hill that overlooks Carnarvon, got it’s name because of the many bullets that were found lying around on top of the hill, left there by the English soldiers during the Anglo-Boer war. Today it serves as a site for the water reservoir that supplies water to the town.
The accommodation offered in Carnarvon is that typical of the Karoo hospitality and is something visitors will always remember. There are many Guest Houses and Guest Farms in the area.
The Skietfontein hiking trail allows hikers a typical Karoo veld experience with beautiful views of the Karoo hills and windmills as well as water fowl in the pools of water in the river. At Skietfontein remnants of the ancient stone houses of early inhabitants can still be found.
Other interesting walks include the Historic Houses Trail where you can visit many of the original houses of the settlement at De Bult, as well as many of the Victorian houses and stylish mansions, that were built before and just after the 1900's.
Carnarvon has a good business community and provides a range of goods and services to its residents and holiday makers.
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