Loxton: A hidden gem in the Northern Cape

March 01, 2017  — 

You'd be forgiven for having a puzzled look when you hear the name “Loxton” but did you know that this small town, dubbed the most beautiful town in the Karoo, is home to a thriving wool industry and is one of the biggest producers of garlic in the country?

Loxton is located in the South of the Northern Cape and boasts a rich history which you can view first-hand with the famous San rock art. A must see while visiting this town. Another big historic feature is presented by their infamous “bee-hive shaped” houses built more than two centuries ago and still surviving to this day in this hidden gem with a survival story to tell. In a tragic flood that caused a dam burst in 1961, half the town was washed away but the resilience it showed had it back on its feet in no time. Today its become a favourite for neighbouring residents as well.

An example of the popular corbelled houses

An example of the popular corbelled houses   (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite the nice attractions, the people are what make the town what it is. The population make up is a mixture of race and falling under the Ubuntu municipality, which is all about the philosophy of humanity and compassion. That tells you all you need to know about the residents of this hidden gem.

The natural wonders such as the trees planted along the roads or the wonderful bird life add to the generally tranquil atmosphere in Loxton. Stargazing being another great feature to be enjoyed too. Typical of of small town, the nights are unobstructed by lights and pollution so you can get a nice picnic basket and a blanket, lie back and enjoy the wonders the night sky have to offer. If you're lucky, you might even spot a few satellites.

It might be tempting to go for the obvious choices when visiting the Northern Cape province but make an unexpected turn next time and make your way down to Loxton and you'll be surprised by what you find.