Laingsburg is a friendly, modern Karoo town, only 280 km from Cape Town. It was almost entirely destroyed by a huge flood in 1981. The town lies in a geologically fascinating area, steeped in history and tradition. It’s a worthwhile and hospitable stop on the busy N1 highway through the Great Karoo.It is accessible from all the major cities of the Western Cape as well as Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and Gauteng Province.
The warm welcome that awaits tourists in Laingsburg, dates back to the mid-1700’s. In those years farmers along the banks of the Buffels River offered hospitality to adventurers brave enough to cross the mountains and venture out onto the arid plains of the Great Karoo. In exchange for news of Cape Town and the civilized world, as well as gossip garnered from other farms along the way, these isolated farmers of the interior offered accommodation, sustenance and fodder.
Many early officials and explorers, such as Barrow, Lichtenstein, De Mist and Swellengrebel, wrote of the people they met in what was later to become the district of Laingsburg. They described the Karoo as “awesome, hot, dry, and dusty. An inhospitable land peppered with friendly outspans, veritable jewels in the desert.”
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Postal Private Bag X4, Laingsburg, 6900
Physical 2 Van Riebeeck Street, Laingsburg, 6900
Tel 023 551 1019
Fax 023 551 1019