Story of Jansenville





Situated in the plains of the Camdeboo area, just north of the Klein Winterhoek mountains lies the small Karoo town of Jansenville. The neighbouring town of Klipplaat, together with the village of Waterford together combine to form the Ikwezi Municipal Area.


Jansenville lies in the heart of the Noorsveld with its distinctive spiky plants. Angora goats thrive in the hot and dry Karoo conditions, and Jansenville has for long been the heart of South Africa's mohair production.


In the heyday of railways in South Africa, Klipplaat was an important railway junction being the point at which the main Cape Town to Port Elizabeth line branched off towards Graaff Reinet. The rail line is no longer in use and the station has become somewhat derelict, but plans are in place to revive the line and the town.


The Jansenville area offers visitors a typical Karoo experience - clear skies with the brightest stars at night, clean air, wide open spaces, a rich history, comfortable guest houses, succulent Karoo cuisine, prehistoric fossils, guest farm activities, hunting opportunities for local and foreign hunters.


Jansenville offers visitors a typical Karoo experience – clear skies with the brightest stars at night, clean air, wide open spaces, a rich history, comfortable guest houses, succulent Karoo cuisine, prehistoric fossils, guest farm activities, hunting opportunities for loc al and foreign hunters.


Jansenville offers several small town events worth attending. The little town owes its origins to the Dutch Reformed Church which formed a parish there in 1854 named after the last Dutch Governor of the Cape.


Jansenville is north of the Zuurberg Mountains in an area known as the Noorsveld, after a cactus-like succulent that abounds in the district. Between Jansenville and the Zuurberg to the south is a plain that marks the northern boundary of the Addo National Park, while to the north are some hills which are a scenic drive and, at the summit, shortly before the giddy descent down the Ratelskloof Pass, one has a spectacular view across the Camdeboo plains to the peaks of the Sneeuberg.


Jansenville is game country and there are game farms and hunting concessions in the area as well as nature reserves including the Addo Elephant National Park.


Jansenville has a number of historical buildings, dominated by the large Dutch Reformed Church, a building in the basilican style made of local stone which is a heritage site. The Anglo-Boer War fort north of the town attests to the guerrilla activity in that area during that conflict.


The restored Sid Fourie House serves as a museum. Coupled to an overnight stay in Jansenville the museum offers travellers a welcome and interesting break in their journey through the Karoo Heartland.


Ikwezi Municipality