The thickly wooded Kagaberg overlooks a rich cattle, sheep and horse-breeding district.

The centre for the area is the town of Bedford, founded in 1854 and named after the Duke of Bedford, a friend of Sir Andries Stockenstrom, who owned the farm on which it was laid out.

The area was occupied by a large party of Scots led by Thomas Pringle, the poet, writer and philanthropist. The site of his rough little cabin is marked with a plaque.

Each year Bedford is the scene of a large gymkhana which is one of the major events for South African horse-riding enthusiasts.

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