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Fraserburg lies 114km north of the N1 from Leeu-Gamka. It is reached via the tarred R353 and the Teekloof Pass that snakes its way up the Nuweveld Mountains.

Many say a visit here is a trip back in time with the town’s best known feature being the nearby Gansfontein Palaeosurface and the footprints left there by creatures millions of years ago.

There is also a good collection of fossils in the museum, corbelled houses in the area, and some fine examples of vernacular architecture along the streets.

The town has a typically peaceful platteland feel to it and only occasionally works itself up to a bustle in the main street.

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Gansfontein Palaeosurface - the region is full of places where its ancient history is set in stone, but 5km from town there are impressively clear trackways of large, four-footed, five-toed mammalian reptiles. These are the distinct footprints of a Bradysaurus that passed this way approximately 190-million years ago. Other markings include water ripples, worm trails, and signs of fish marks. This site is on a farm and tourists need to pre-arrange a visit through the museum or local tourism office.

The Old Parsonage Museum is housed in the Old Rectory and complements the area’s prehistory with an exhibition of good fossil specimens, some of which are thought to predate the dinosaur era.

The Peperbus (Pepper Pot) which has an unusual hexagonal design, was used as a church, magistrate’s office and once housed the municipality. It is around the corner from the post office.

The original power station - for those into big engines here’s where seven Lister Blackstone generators can be seen. Arrange a visit through the municipality.

Driefontein is one of the most historically and architecturally interesting farms in the area. It’s said that the farmhouse was built in 1720. Nearby are corbelled houses and fossils. The old wagon route is still visible.

Corbelled houses - many of the farms around Fraserburg have some good examples of corbelled houses, built completely of flat stone, by the pioneers in the second and third quarter of the 19th century. Most of these are difficult to access but there is one in the town’s park across from the museum.

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