South Africa :: Great Karoo
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Beaufort West in the Western Province of South Africa, lies on the N1 roughly 450 km N East of Cape Town The town lies south of a ridge of hills between two rivers, the Gamka and Kuils, and to the north the Nuweveld Mountains, with a peak of 1900m, in Winter they are regularly covered with snow. In 1827, David Baird, son of the local magistrate, found the first reptile fossil near the town of Beaufort in the Great Karoo. The little town was renamed Beaufort West in 1869. It lay in what became the world's richest collecting grounds for reptile fossils. Beaufort West is the oldest town in the Central Karoo and its municipality, proclaimed in 1837, is the oldest in South Africa. Heart-transplant pioneer Professor Chris Barnard, the town's most famous son, is honoured in the museum. It houses a display of awards presented to him and a replica of the original heart transplant theatre. Nearby is the Karoo National Park with Lions, Gemsbok, Cape Mountain Zebra and Ostrich and Springbok and Red Hartebeest to name a few.
|Address :||Beaufort West Tourism Bureau, Beaufort West, Karoo, South Africa|
|Contact :||Beaufort West Tourism Bureau|
|Tel :||+27(0)23 415 1488|
|Fax :||+27(0)23 415 1487|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTN, Vodacom, CellC|
On the N1 roughly 450 km N East of Cape Town.
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+27(0)23 414 8800|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+27(0)23 415 1488|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Price Index :||R11.00 per litre (Jul-2012)|
|Towing Service :||Yes|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Airstrip, Airfield, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Animal Feeding, Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing, Bird Watching, Stargazing|
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