- Guests think Lemoenfontein Game Lodge is in an excellent location
- Lemoenfontein, Off N1, De Jagers Pass, Beaufort West, 6970, Western Cape
Beaufort West, oldest town in the Central Karoo, lies in an ancient area, inhabited for centuries first by swamp creatures and later by Man. Some of the world's most interesting Stone Age sites have been discovered nearby. Xam (Bushmen) left a legacy of engravings on the rocks. In the mid-1700s farmers and Xhosa tribesmen moved into this ancient area - the original Land of the Dinosaurs. Once a swamp, now a semi-desert, this ancient area of the Karoo is considered one of the world's most interesting arid zones and a wonder of the scientific world.
In 1818 a town was established on the farm Hooyvlakte at the request of Lord Charles Somerset, then governor at the Cape. His aim was to establish and maintain law and order in the hinterland. He arranged for it to be named in honour of his father, the fifth Duke of Beaufort. Today, a typical "platteland" town with a rich, romantic history Beaufort West welcomes visitors who wish to study its fascinating ecology and its famous sons, among whom were Professor Chris Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world's first heart transplant. He is honoured at the museum. All the towns and villages in the Central Karoo are either astride the N1 or within easy striking distance.