Travel guide to Richmond, Upper Karoo

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Richmond, Upper Karoo

The little town of Richmond lies nestled next to the N1 between Hanover and Victoria West. Finding Richmond accommodation is a great idea to explore this beautiful part of the Northern Cape.

The town was established in 1843 and was founded to meet the religious needs of a growing farming community. The town has a substantial number of well-preserved houses and public buildings of Victorian and Edwardian Karoo style, with additions of verandahs dating from the 1920s. The Dutch Reformed Church building dates back to 1847, with a tower completed in 1909.

The towns name originated in the desire of the people to honour the new Governor of the Cape, Sir Peregrine Maitland, but he declined and suggested instead that it be named after his father-in-law, the Duke of Richmond. It was officially named Richmond in October 1845.
Once you have found the perfect accommodation in Richmond then visit The Saddle Horse Museum. It is one of only two in the world that honours the Saddle horse breed. Many award-winning saddle horses are still bred in the Karoo.

At one time Richmond also had a mineral water factory. Some of its equipment, including the bottling machine, is on display in the museum, which was once a public school. The first impression of Richmond and its buildings is that of a historical, quaint and restful country town a place well worth a visit as there is lovely accommodation in Richmond.

Another reason to stay in Richmond is that there are several interesting farms in the district. On Klipplaat there are sixty claw-like fossilised footprints. These are believed to have been made by an Au Cephalopoden, a slow-moving, plant-eating reptile that roamed these plains about 250-million years ago. And on Ouplaas there is an old horse-driven flour mill which is still in working order. Bird watching , game viewing and springbok hunting is also popular.

So book your charming Richmond accommodation to experience this historical town.

Where to stay in Richmond:

Also within the Upper Karoo region:

Britstown (9) • Colesberg (38) • De Aar (23) • Fraserburg (5) • Hanover (14) • Hopetown (8) • Loxton (6) • Modderrivier (3) • Norvalspont (1) • Noupoort (4) • Orania (3) • Petrusville (1) • Prieska (15) • Richmond (11) • Strydenburg (1) • Three Sisters (6) • Vanderkloof (3) • Victoria West (14) • Vosburg (3) •

Accommodation available in Richmond:

Ka-Ma Lodge & Restaurant

Lodge in Richmond, Upper Karoo

10 reviews

Ka-Ma Lodge offers a homely environment and the ideal stopover when travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Situated along the N1 Highway, the village of Richmond is approximately halfway between these two major cities. Ka-Ma Lodge is located right on the outskirts of the town with its comfortable accommodation and facilities.Family owned and managed, you are guaranteed ...

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Marina's Guest House

Bed and Breakfast, Guest House in Richmond, Upper Karoo

2 reviews

A Karoo Manor-Marinas is situated next to the N1, approximately halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg, in the Karoo town of Richmond. This old world charm destination is ideal accommodation for families and groups of friends travelling through or that wants to break away for the hustle and bustle of big towns and cities.Our secure premises which is surrounded by walls and fence offers secure parking ...

Marina's Guest House Photo

Bloemhof Karoo

Bed and Breakfast in Richmond, Upper Karoo

9 reviews

Bloemhof Karoo is a historic home, once owned by Professor Christiaan Barnard. This bed and breakfast rests graciously amongst kopjes on a working farm in the malaria-free Northern Cape, Great Karoo.With three guest rooms and three bathrooms, the house can comfortably sleep up to eight guests. The Oxwagon Room is a romantic spacious room for a couple, but can also ...

Bloemhof Karoo Photo

Be Blessed

Self-catering in Richmond, Upper Karoo

11 reviews

Be Blessed offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in 7 fully equipped units situated on four plots in the centre of Richmond. Richmond is a town located next to the N1 highway approximately halfway between Cape Town and Gauteng, making it an ideal stopover location.Each unit contains DStv, and Be Blessed offers very nice braai facilities either at the pool, next to your unit, or at a big braai-area ...

Be Blessed Photo

Victoria Guest House

Guest House in Richmond, Upper Karoo

2 reviews

Victoria Guest House is a Victorian house situated in Richmond in the Northern Cape. The house is surrounded by a patio leading onto a beautiful garden with century-old grape vines.Accommodation comprises two family en-suite bedrooms and one private en-suite bedroom. All rooms are carpeted and have tea and coffee-making facilities, electric blankets, wall heaters, and a TV. ...

Victoria Guest House Photo


Guest House in Richmond, Upper Karoo

10 reviews

Stillewaters is a lovely, big main 1880 farmhouse on the working farm Stillewaters which is situated only 5 km from Richmond and the N1 out on the Graaff-Reinet road R388. This holiday home is the perfect stopover or getaway for weekends with families, friends, bird watchers, nature lovers, fans of country living, landscape photographers, writers or anyone seeking peace and quiet with a real Karoo ...

Stillewaters Photo

The Richmond Cafe and Rooms

Guest House in Richmond, Upper Karoo

13 reviews

The Richmond Cafe and Rooms is situated in the historical Loop Street of Richmond near the well known Book shops and Museum. The Richmond cafe and Rooms has two units. Room 1 has two bedrooms, one with a queen size extra-long bed and the other with two three-quarter beds. A three-quarter daybed in the common area sleeps the 5th guest. Bathroom with shower, ...

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Three Birds Country House

Guest House, Self-catering in Richmond, Upper Karoo

2 reviews

Three Birds Country House is a guesthouse situated in the Karoo-town called Richmond, in the Northern Cape. The guest house has five rooms and one family unit. Guests can also make use of the communal hall with a fully equipped kitchen, braai facilities, Wi-Fi Internet access, and parking on the premises.Guests can explore numerous great attractions in ...

Three Birds Country House Photo

Aandrus guesthouse

Guest House in Richmond, Upper Karoo

2 reviews

Aandrus guesthouse is a cosy little place located in the quiet Karoo town of Richmond, almost halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town on the N1.The guesthouse is affordable, clean and comfortable, perfect for an overnight stop. There is a variety of 12 rooms to rest in before journeying through the wide expanses of the Greater Karoo. We also offer ...

Aandrus guesthouse Photo

The Richmond Karoo Small Hotel

Hotel in Richmond, Upper Karoo

We're so proud to invite you to stay with us at The Richmond Karoo Small Hotel. Our hotel stood empty for nearly 25 years, and we have resurrected it, renovated it and revived it. We have all the modern conveniences you would need - wifi, fridges and refreshments in the rooms, safe parking, excellent quality linen and above all, phenomenal guest service.Why not experience ...

The Richmond Karoo Small Hotel Photo
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