Some believe that the town was named after the song of the Knysna loerie (a bird) that used to frequent the neighbourhood but there is disagreement as to whether any Knysna loeries ever nested in the area. Another explanation is that the town was named after a travelling Jewish salesman, Lurie, who used to peddle his wares in the area. A third group believes that the name of the town was derived from the Afrikaans word “loer,” which means “to peep”.

Adventure and Sport

4×4: The Hantam Flower Trails start south of Loeriesfontein and head to the north of Calvinia.

Fauna and Flora

Quiver tree forest: The quiver tree (“kokerboom” in Afrikaans) is a large aloe, a distinctive member of the Northern Cape flora. Its soft, fleshy branches were hollowed out by San hunter-gatherers to serve as quivers for their arrows. Loeriesfontein is the site of one of the largest quiver tree forests in the world. The trees grow to heights of up to 4 m and they store water in their trunks, which enables them to resist drought and to live for up to 400 years. Spring flowers: The colourful flowery carpet made by the spring flowers in the region is a sight not to be missed.

History and Architecture

Museum: The museum is in the old Baptist Church building. The collection of windpumps is a quite unique feature.

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