The town was established in 1913 to serve as a commercial centre for the citrus estates of the area and was named after James Kirkwood, the first white farmer in these parts. The streets of the town are lined with golden shower and bougainvillea, reminiscent of early British horticulture and town planning. Roses also do very well here.

Fauna And Flora

Diverse natural fauna and flora: The divergent landscapes around town have created homes for an amazingly large and diverse animal population. Within a relatively short space of time, the visitor can travel through the different worlds of evergreen forests, bushveld valleys and the famous fynbos habitat.

History And Architecture

Grave of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick: On a hill outside the town lies the grave of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, the acclaimed author of “Jock of the Bushveld”, the timeless story of an intrepid dog and his master. What is less well known is that the author was also a pioneer of citrus farming in the Sundays River Valley.

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