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.