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Matjiesfontein Walks: Koniekraal
Explore the magic of Matjiesfontein on foot, with the red earth beneath you and the wide, open blue sky above. Watch the birds of prey wheel and turn while you breathe the famous Champagne air as the veld comes alive around you.
Recipe: Baked Cheesecake
“The great thing about cake is it doesn't feel like work. You forget about work. Kids, adults, they all get the same look in their eye when they're decorating cakes... That's the magic right there.”
The Laird of Matjiesfontein
Whether you’re staying at Matjiesfontein, or simply passing through, our historic pub is well worth a visit. Pop in for a quiet pint and pub lunch and enjoy the saloon-like atmosphere.
Uses for prickly pears
One of our favourite Karoo crops of the year is the prickly pear that grows on the bountiful cacti in the surrounding desert and veld. The fruit is just starting to flower now.
A Matjiesfontein Ghost Story: Kate
Matjiesfontein is reputed to be the most haunted town in South Africa. The history of this Karoo oasis includes; fortification during The South African War (formerly known as The Anglo-Boer War) as headquarters of the Cape Command, refuge for Jamieson Raid reformers, and the venue of controversial war crimes hearings.
With such a colourful history, many stories abound of ghost sightings, though they are after all just stories—or are they?
There are no malevolent ghosts here. The ghosts of Matjiesfontein are said to be both playful, and even mischievous, or they are totally unconcerned with events around them
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