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 Victoria West

Location Victoria West: On the N12, 63km north of the Three Sisters turn-off and 98km south of Britstown

Region: Karoo

Nearby Towns: Hutchinson, Three Sisters, Britstown, Richmond, Loxton

 The Victoria Trading post houses plenty of unusual memorabillia

Established in 1843 and named after Queen Victoria of England. Victoria West marks the beginning of the Diamond Way, lying on the main route from Cape Town to Kimberley. In 1866 diamond fever was sparked with the discovery of the gem at Hopetown and then at Kimberley. 

The railway from Cape Town was also lured north but, perplexingly, missed Victoria West by 12km (See Hutchinson). Though Victoria West has suffered a devastating flood and dustbowl-drought, it has thrived.

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 Explore Victoria West

 Anglican Church 
Built in 1869. Two beautiful stained glass windows can be viewed.
Apollo Theatre 
The only surviving example of a 1950s Art Deco cinema in South Africa. It hosts regular film festivals and is a declared heritage site.
Dutch Reformed Church 
Built in 1847.
Displays on history, archaeology and fossils, including those of fossilised fish, reminding the visitor that the Karoo was 200 million years ago, an inland sea.
Print Shop 
Time has stood still in the printshop of the Victoria West Messenger, published since 1876.
Victoria Trading Post & Mannetjies Roux Museum
View interesting souvenirs of former Springbok rugby player, Mannetjies Roux. 
Victoria West Nature Reserve 
The reserve is habitat to the rare Riverine Rabbit.