The town is not much more than an off the highway detour and visitors to this part of the Karoo will most likely find themselves visiting other surrounding towns such as Victoria West, Loxton or Richmond perhaps. These typical northern cape villages are often not referred to as a destination, but rather as a way of life. The area is decidedly pretty and surrounded by stunning scenery.
Travellers to the area will find attractions and activities as well as accommodation in the surrounding towns. Visiting here is mostly about the outdoors, hiking and bird watching, and exploring Edwardian and Victorian Karoo style architecture.
Things to do and see
- Hiking Trails
- Groenvlei Muishoek MTB Trail
- The Apollo Theatre, Victoria West
- Ant Tiek, Victoria West
- Victoria Trading Post, Victoria West
- Modern Art Project, Richmond
- Richmond Horse Museum
Hutchinson has a desert climate with virtually no rainfall all year long.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 10˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -2˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily flights into Kimberley Airport, approximately 373 km’s away via the N12 and into George Airport, approximately 385 km’s away via the N12 and N1. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Hutchinson owes its existence to the railway developments that followed as a result of the diamond rush. It was named after Sir Walter Hely Hutchinson, Governor of the Cape Colony in the last decade before establishment of the Union of South Africa in 1910.
Hutchinson became a junction when a branch line to Victora West and Carnarvon was opened in 1905. This line was extended in 1915 to Williston and in 1918 to Calvinia. It was closed in 2001, but passenger trains on the main line still stop at Hutchinson to serve Victoria West.
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