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South Africa Holiday: This replica of a Trekboer's corbelled house can be found outside the Carnarvon museum in the Northern Cape

South Africa Holiday: Carnarvon

In the shadows of the Karee mountains, Carnarvon is a fascinating Karoo village in the Northern Cape. Steeped in Rhenish missionary history, unique corbelled houses, hundreds of windmills and vistas of flat-topped hills.

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Carnarvon's early beginnings can be traced back to the granting of grazing rights by the Cape Government to Pieter Hugo in 1758, although it is known that San people had been in the area long before this.
Click to see a detailed map of Carnarvon and the Northern CapeThe first community to permanently settle here was a Xhosa group, and in 1839 the Cape Governor granted land to the amaXhosa, including the farms of Schietfontein, Harmsfontein and Rhenosterpoort. Before the end of that year 110 Xhosa families had settled here.
South Africa Holiday: The former Dutch Reformed Church Hall (1907) now houses Carnarvon's town museumIn the year 1847, the Reverend C.W. Alheit started his ministry in Schietfontein area. He originally pitched his tent near the site on which the first parsonage was to be erected in the 1850s (it has recently been restored and serves as the Information Centre).
The Rhenish Mission (1847-1943) provided school education for the amaXhosa settlement, eventually leading to the establishment of the Harmsfontein village in 1860.
Harmsfontein was renamed Carnarvon in 1874 after Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon. He was a British under-secretary for the colonies who, in the 1870s, unsuccessfully endeavoured to confer self-government on South Africa.
The centre of Carnarvon town bears witness to the originating years of the Rhenish Mission. The most prominent architectural features are the restored parsonage (1850s) now restored as the Information Centre; the church (1858) and the clocktower (1899); the old school (1871), and the current parsonage (1912).
This area is well known for the corbelled houses built by the Trekboers between 1811 and 1815.
South Africa Holiday: Carnarvon is well known for the corbelled houses which were built by the Trekboers between 1811 and 1815.The roofs of these small domed houses were built of flat stones for lack of wood for roof trusses. The cement was a mixture of chaff and soil mixed with water and kneaded to the correct texture. Floors were of smeared earth coloured a rich red by a mixture of fat and oxblood polished with a smooth stone.
South Africa Holiday: Every June the "Fly-Inn" attracts microlight and light aircraft from all over the countryThe annual "Fly-Inn" each June attracts microlight and other light aircraft from all over the country.
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