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HISTORY OF VANWYKSDORP
Vanwyksdorp is a small, rural village, situated in the Klein Karoo, 42km from Ladismith, 33 km from the R62 and 65km from Riversdale, which can only be accessed by means of gravel roads.

The town was founded in 1838, on the farm Buffelsfontein, which was owned by Gerrit van Wyk. Today the population of the village is about 700, of which a few direct descendants of Van Wyk can still be found.

Throughout history, the inhabitants of the town dependant on the farming of fruit, sheep, cattle and ostriches, enjoying the constant water output of water in winter and summer, thanks to the mountain spring known as "The Eye".

Once, during the years of the ostrich boom, it was the centre of education in the Little Karoo. The school, built in 1912, had at one time, well over 200 pupils, who came in from all the surrounding towns. The railway links which were made to Ladismith and Riversdale caused these towns to grow, whilst Vanwyksdorp slowly shrunk to its present state.

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