- Northern Cape
Loxton is a town in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province, eighty kilometres west of Victoria West on the tarred R63. It is a wool-producing centre and also one of the largest garlic-producing areas in South Africa.
It is one of those rare Karoo villages with roads lined with 100-year old trees and narrow leiwater channels that are used to flood-irrigate the resident’s gardens. The town is pretty and really peaceful with donkey carts still klip-klopping through the streets.
The town was once thought of as becoming a retirement village but is now enjoying a revival with the old historical buildings being restored to their former beauty.
The area around Loxton is famous for its bee-hived shaped Corbelled houses that were built by Trekboers around the 1810’s and are unique to the area.
The Dutch Reformed Church bought the farm Phezantefontein from A E Loxton in 1899 and the town became a municipality in 1905. Unfortunately the town received a major setback in March 1961 when a dam burst upstream and destroyed a large portion of the town.
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