The Dutch Reformed Church established a town in 1863 and named it after Sir Philip Wodehouse, Governor of the Cape Colony. It is a lovely town with prime examples of Karoo architecture.

Adventure and Sport

Hunting: Contact the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.

Hiking: The Rooipoort Hiking Trail cuts an attractive path through the Karoo.

Archaeology and Palaeontology

San Rock Art: Several farms, such as Kareepoort, Olievenfontein, Rooipoort, Somerlus and Waschbank, have San rock engraving sites.

History and Architecture

Karoo architecture: There are some prime examples of 19th century Karoo architecture. The magistrate’s court and offices date from the early 20th century.

National Monuments: The Old Prison Museum, the Magistrate’s Office, the Reformed Church and Teichhouse have all been declared national monuments.

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