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    Victoria West

About Victoria West

Victoria West is a quaint isolated town in the Upper Karoo region of the Northern Cape. It offers three museums, farm stalls, hiking and mountain biking trails. The perfect place for a peaceful getaway.

Travalia Farm Store
The large Farm Store 80 meters from the N1 has a restaurant where Karoo fare can be enjoyed take home our Karoo Super Lamb, cut and packed for your convenience. The Farm Store also has a wide variety of Biltong, Droëwors (dried sausage), Nuts, Dried Fruit, Estate wines (specializing in the Van Loveren Estate), homemade rusks, gifts and much, much more.

Travalia Butchery situated at the Travalia Farm Store is fully equipped to serve all your needs. We have a permanent Block man on-site to assist at all times. We have a state of the art processing facility and end equipment to optimise quality and production. We take pride in the way we package and present our products and in the way in which they are prepared

The Area: The Karoo
With the first rains, the seemingly arid soil of the Karoo bursts into abundant life, its hardy succulents complementing the sweet grasses on which the region's merino and fat-tailed sheep graze. The everpresent windpumps testify to the countless streams flowing between fissures underlying the dry but fertile soil.

Small, isolated but welcoming villages, a distinct Karoo architecture and imposing churches rest in valleys between desolate, flat-topped koppies. Take a short trip from Colesberg, an essential stopover for all travellers and a sheep-farming centre, to Hopetown, the scene of South Africa’s first recorded diamond find.

Return, passing Orania, a self-proclaimed Afrikaner volkstaat, before making your way to Vanderkloof and the Rolfontein Nature Reserve on the shores of the great Vanderkloof Dam.

Indulge in watersports or relax on its secluded banks which stretch 100km to the Doornkloof Nature Reserve on the man-made lake's southern shores. Throughout this wonderful part of the great Karoo, you can visit, hunt or hike on game farms and nature reserves teeming with every species of antelope. And, like the country they live in, the hardy inhabitants of the Karoo make you feel immediately at home in their beloved countryside.

Quick Facts

Province: The Northern Cape
Country: South Africa

Why go?

- Mannetjies Roux Museum
- NC. Regional Museum
- Hiking trails
- Visit the Travalia Guest Farm for lovely accommodation and fabulous meals plus a farm store with delectable treats, jams and more
- hiking & mountain biking trails

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Established in 1843 and named after Queen Victoria of England. Victoria West marks the beginning of the Diamond Way, lying on the main route from Cape Town to Kimberley. In 1866 diamond fever was sparked with the discovery of the gem at Hopetown and then at Kimberley.

The railway from Cape Town was also lured north but, perplexingly, missed Victoria West by 12km (See Hutchinson). Though Victoria West has suffered a devastating flood and dustbowl-drought, it has thrived.

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