Philipstown is located in the Upper Karoo of the Northern Cape province, approximately 50 km north east of De Aar.
An authentic “dorpie”, Philipstown requires its visitors to develop their “Karoo Eyes” in order to visualise the beauty in this dry Karoo town. At first glance you may only see the somewhat broken homes which line the streets however, there is also unique beauty in the landscape and some creative beauty in parts of the town where there is some are some prime examples of 19th century Karoo architecture.
Philipstown is more of a stopover town, unless you are planning a weekend of complete, quiet and rural "out of town" experience, but if you are only passing through make sure to visit the towns national and provincial monuments like the Old Prison, Magistrate’s buildings and the Teich House building. A two-night stay will also allow visitors to at least ecplore the local farms hiking trails and natural bushman art.
Philipstown is a lovely little town, ideal for retirement.
Philipstown has Guesthouse, B&B and self-catering accommodation. More accommodation options are available in neighbouring towns.
Things to do and see
- Philipstown Reformed Church
- Old Jailhouse
- Teich House Building
- Philipstown Magistrate’s Offices
- San Rock Art, Rooipoort Farm
- Rooipoort Hiking Trails
Philipstown receives approximately 341 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between -4˚C and 18˚C.
There are daily domestic and international flights into Kimberley Airport, approximately 240 km away via the R48 and into Bloemfontein’s Bram Fischer Airport approximately 273 km’s away via the R48 and N8. Car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
Named after Sir Philip Wodehouse, then Governor of the Cape, Philipstown was founded in 1863. First developed as a Dutch Reformed Church Centre on the Rietfontein Farm, Philipstown developed into Municipality status in August 1876.
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