The town or rather village of Loxton in the Northern Cape Province was established on a farm that was purchased by the Dutch Reformed Church to serve the “trekboere” community.
The town was established in 1810 on the farm Phezantefontein, which was purchased from AE Loxton.
Thus the town is named after the original owner of the farm.
The town was proclaimed a municipality in 1905.
The village is located in a region of the country, the Karoo, which is vast and is used predominantly for livestock farming with sheep farming being the primary source and the town of Loxton is sustained by the secondary source of income from wool.
The other source of income is tourism which is not seasonally driven as the region attracts different categories of tourists all year round, which are the tourists wanting to visit the Namaqualand natural flowers in season and the tourists which are there for the tranquility and nature.
The village has some unique features in the architecture which is a mixture of “Kothuisie”, cot houses and the Edwardian homes which date back to the period.
The church forms the central focal point in the village square and the streets are a spectacle in season lined with blooming pear trees.
Tourist attractions to the town and region are also very popular amongst toursist, including the Akkerdam Nature Reserve, the Karoo Gariep Conservancy, the Tankwa-Karoo National Park and the Carnarvon Museum.
According to the residents the town has been experiencing a slight influx of residents wanting to escape the hub-drum of the city and have chosen to take up residency here for the beauty and tranquility the village offers.
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