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© SA Tourism© SA TourismThis tiny little town is easy to miss, but that would be a shame. Situated about 30k on the Cape Town of Laingsburg, just off the N1, it is almost a living museum. The town grew out of a small railway siding when lodging and eating establishments sprung up to serve the steady stream of travellers heading towards the diamond fields at Kimberley. By the mid to late 19th century it had become quite a fashionable resort, and the likes of Cecil John Rhodes, Winston Churchill and Olive Schreiner holidayed there. It is certainly a worthwhile place to stop over if driving the long N1, as the tiny hamlet is worth exploring, and there are a few fun dining options.

Matjiesfontein is about 250km from Cape Town.

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