Fraserburg, Northern Cape

Elegance in an early Fraserburg morning.
Fraserburg, a little-known farmer’s town in the Northern Cape, actually punches well above its weight when it comes to local attractions – and interesting residents.

The most astounding feature in the Fraserburg district is a footprint on a farm. About 252 million years ago a lumbering bradysaurus strolled over a clay bed and left a deep print that you can still see today. It’s now part of riverbed rock.

The local museum is where you start your Ancient Footprint Safari. They have a model bradysaurus and will provide you with a guide to take you out to the farm.

On a stroll around, have a look at the Anglican Church of St Augustines. It was one of many designed by genius architect Sophie Gray, the Victorian-era wife of the Bishop of Cape Town, Robert Gray. It was built in the Gothic style, with no steeple. You’ll find the bell tower next to the church.

Everyone directs you to The Pepper Pot building, which has become the icon of Fraserburg. It’s a rather strange six-sided structure used for the ringing of the old curfew bells.

Fraserburg has friendly people. Just chat to them while you’re on the walk, or in your guest house and pretty soon you’ll have a view of Fraserburg that you never could have guessed at before. It’s an old-time Karoo town – with old-time style.

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2 thoughts on “Fraserburg, Northern Cape

    • Sue Ettmayr says:

      I wish I’d know you were there. My long time friend Ria Hein moved there with her hubbie Terry from Kensington some 20 years ago. A handywoman who I met through Pox’s sister. She restored my Kensington house.

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