Fraserburg is found at the intersection of the R353 and R356 in the Northern Province. Fraserburg is situated 105 km north-east of Sutherland. The town was founded in 1851 on a high plateau north of the Nuweveld Mountain range and is named after the Reverent Colin Fraser, a Scottish cleric. Victorian architecture is visible all over the town. Here, H.A.W. Copper started writing his culturally important Boerebriewen in 1870 for
Het Volksblad. The town hosts several accommodation establishments, grocery stores, and a petrol station; tourists can contact the regional tourism office in Calvinia or the tourism office in Sutherland for information.
Namakwa Tourism, Calvinia Office tel: (027) 341 8131
Hoogland Tourism, Sutherland tel: (023) 571 1265; Fraserburg tel: (023) 741 1012.
This region is also home to a very scarce and endangered animal, the Riverine Rabbit.
Fraserburg is a comfortable 5 hour drive from Cape Town. It is one of the most authentic and well preserved Karoo towns left in South Africa. It is a quiet and peaceful place where one can truly get away from it all without compromising on comfort, style and fun.