At first, the area was used to plant crops to feed the diamond diggers in other areas. However, activities quickly changed when diamonds were also discovered here in 1888. Mining continued until 1926, but the present-day Warrenton is an important railway station that serves as the junction for the Cape-Zimbabwe and Cape-Gauteng lines. The town is the main commercial centre for the Ghaap Plateau. There are cheese factories in the region and kaolin (china clay) is mined.
Adventure and Sport
Hunting: Contact the Diamond Fields Tourism Office or the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.
History and Architecture
Old Sluice and Waterwheel: This reminder of past activities is situated on the western side of the town.
Semi-precious stone factory: Visitors are allowed to visit the factory where the natural wealth of the area is processed.