Beaufort West is ideally situated in the Western Cape and is used as a central base from which to explore the Great Karoo and the various passes of the Swartberg Mountains. The old Anglo-Boer War blockhouse still guards the red railway bridge. Built of local Karoo stone, it is a silent reminder of the Boer and British soldiers that are buried in the town cemeteries.
Beaufort West - Place of Pioneers, is the oldest town in the Central Karoo, and lies in an area which has been inhabited for centuries. Some of the world's most interesting stone age sites have been discovered on its outskirts.
The town became the world’s richest collecting grounds for fossils and scientists have since described the Karoo and its fossils as one of the great wonders of the world. Beaufort West offers many activities and the area is a popular eco-tourism stop. Many tourists come to holiday on one of the farms, walk or hike in the mountains, or try out the challenging 4 x 4 routes.
Beaufort West has a range of accommodation options available ranging from Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Games Lodges and Self-catering houses.