Ladismith, Little Karoo

Ladismith, Little Karoo

This town lies at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range. It was founded in 1852 and named after Lady Juana Smith, the beautiful Spanish wife of the Governor of the Cape at the time, Sir Harry Smith. It was deliberately spelt with an “i” to distinguish it from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, also named after her. The town is situated on Route 62.


Cheese, wine, meat: The town is the centre of a proud farming community and has many enterprises that are related to the food industry. Visits to the cheese factory and the industries where meat products and wine are produced can be arranged.

Fauna And Flora

Towerkop: At a height of 2 203 m, “Magic Peak” is an impressive addition to the Ladismith skyline. The actual Towerkop is the mountain with the split peak. According to legend, when the mountain came in the path of a witch who was trying to fly over it, she became so angry that she struck it with her wand and split it in two.

History And Architecture

Buildings: The town has many buildings depicting different architectural styles dating back to the 1830s.

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