Travel guide to 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.