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The flora of the region is extremely localised some species known only to occur in this particular region of Southern Africa.

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The fossil-rich terrain of the Karoo has some of the most important archaeological sites in the world particularly near Beaufort West and Nelspoort where stone-age sites and Bushmen engravings have been found.

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Often regarded as the undiscovered corner of the Klein Karoo, Vanwyksdorp remains a cultural kaleidoscope untouched by the modern hustle and bustle of city life and where tranquility abounds and time has almost stood still.


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Commonly dismissed by the unknowing as “hot, flat and boring”, to the discerning traveller the Karoo is, more often than not, nothing of the sort. With its countless rocky outcrops and exquisitely preserved fossils, the region provides an ideal outdoor classroom for those interested in the deep history of Life and Earth.

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Often regarded as the undiscovered corner of the Klein Karoo, Vanwyksdorp remains a cultural kaleidoscope untouched by the modern hustle and bustle of city life and where tranquility abounds and time has almost stood still. Situated within the Cape Floristic Kingdom (an internationally recognised Biodiverity hotspot) Vanwyksdorp is ecologically rich in Succulent Klein Karoo biodiversity. This quaint little village provides a unique charm, warm character and friendly residents. People from afar come here over weekends or permanently to breathe in the atmosphere of a living village. Young and old enjoy themselves while children still play safely in the few streets. Vanwyksdorp village provides stress free living necessary in today’s modern society. This superb location and inspiring lifestyle provides the cornerstones of healthy living, which represents a soul fulfilling and memorable experience, true value for money, and a rare opportunity to invest in an affordable property of distinction.

Many of the residents practice urban and rural agriculture as subsistence farmers and game farmers. The town has three shops, a school, one restaurant, two bottle stores, a postal agency, a diesel pump and a satellite municipal office and clinic. Some of the local fresh produce grown by local farmers includes fruit, dried flowers for export, as well as the best olives and olive products produced by Mont Rouge Olive Estate. Assegaay Bosch Ranch boasts a game reserve namely, the Rooiberg Lodge with luxury accommodation, a restaurant and a 1,5 km airstrip, which is only 7 km away from the village.

Vanwyksdorp is presently experiencing a tourism and property boom thanks to the tourism promotion of the R62 from Cape Town.

Tourists have realised that adventure awaits off the main tar roads to experience Africa as an unforgettable destination. As previously experienced in villages such as Stanford, Greyton, Montagu and Barrydale, Vanwyksdorp is starting to evolve into 'the prominent village' of the Klein Karoo.

In Vanwyksdorp, you will find a variety of artistic and interesting people, surrounded by a rich culture and fascinating heritage of their beautiful surroundings.

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