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Beaufort West

Afrikaans name: Beaufort Wes

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Countryside near Beaufort West

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Beaufort West main street

Beaufort West main street

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The town of Beaufort West was founded in 1818 and was the first town to be established in the central area of the Karoo. It is now sometimes referred to as the "Capital of the Karoo".

For the first 50 or so years of its existence the town was known as Beaufort. It was renamed Beaufort West to avoid confusion with Fort Beaufort and Port Beaufort.

One of the main tourist attractions in the area is the Karoo National Park.

A lot of sheep farming takes place in the surrounding area.

Shop in Beaufort West

Above - Shop in Beaufort West

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Houses in Beaufort West

Above - Houses in Beaufort West

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Christ Church, Beaufort West

Above - Christ Church (Anglican) 1854

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Methodist Church, Beaufort West

Above - Methodist Church

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Dutch Reformed Church (1892), Beaufort West

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1892)

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St Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Beaufort West

Above - St Joseph Roman Catholic Church

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