place in Northern Cape, South Africa

Colesberg is a town of 17,000 people (2011) in South Africa's Northern Cape. It is an agricultural centre for horse breeding and merino sheep farming. It is renowned for producing high-quality racehorses and many stud farms, including one owned by renowned golfer, Gary Player, are nearby.

Coleskop, the landmark cone shaped hill


Dutch Reformed Church

The town has a thriving tourism industry, in part because it represents a rough halfway point between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Small industries are located in town, including a sheep abattoir, a factory which makes a range of furniture to order and a panel beater.

Get in


The town is located on the N1, roughly halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Get around

26 Bell St

The town boasts many buildings that were built in a blend of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture with ceilings of reed, and yellowwood timbers, and others that display a range of designs reflecting the changes of 19th-century building.

The Doornkloof Nature Reserve is located near Colesberg on the confluence of the Orange and Seekoei Rivers.





There is a hotel, a motel, and many guest houses and B&Bs around town, most having restaurants and pubs on-site. Several guest farms operate in the district offering accommodation with 4x4 trails, mountain bike trails, game hunting (mainly springbok, wildebeest and blesbok) and bird watching.

  • Colesburg Backpackers, 39 Church St, +27 51 753-0582.
  • Crane Cottage Colesberg, 3 Sarel Cilliers St (coming from Bloemfontein turn off to Colesberg; drive straight until you get to the church in middle of town and turn to your right; it's the second house next to the church), +27 72 741-8296. Check-in: 2:30PM, check-out: 10AM. Peaceful and quiet overnight stay, walking distance from restaurants and gift shops. Parking, private entrance to your room. Spacious and clean rooms with DSTV, en suite bathrooms and coffee/tea facilities. Linen and towels replaced daily. Selfcatering unit that can sleep 6. R220.
  • The Lighthouse Guesthouse ****, 40 Church St, +27 51 753-0043. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. A 4-star guesthouse. R250pps.
  • Toverberg Backpackers, 4 Charl Cilliers St, +27 51 753-0422, .

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