MATJIESFONTEIN DAY TOUR
Experience unique Matjiesfontein, declared a National Heritage Site in 1975, a colonial oasis in the African veldt 275-kilometres from Cape Town. Matjiesfontein, an insignificant railway stop in the Karoo, was founded in 1884 by Scottish railwayman James Logan. The Railways had reached the Kimberley diamond fields. Ignoring all advice Logan persisted in finding water which the railways paid dearly for. Dining cars were unheard of, Logan saw the potential of this remote Matjesfontein halt which became a fashionable Victorian health spa. Matjiesfontein hosted the first test match between England and South Africa, attracting many distinguished visitors – lord Randolph Churchill, Olive Schreiner, Rudyard Kipling. During the Anglo-Boer War, 10,000 British troops and 20,000 horses as well as a base hospital, were located at Matjiesfontein.