Campbell, Diamond Fields

The area now known as Campbell was once inhabited by the indigenous San, Koranna and Griqua tribes, who lived off the land and its produce. They established this region to a considerable degree in terms of the culture that still exists.

Later, at the beginning of the 19th century, European settlers arrived, one of whom was the Reverend John Campbell. Having introduced the local folk to Christianity at such an early date, the reverend worked as a missionary and ensured that this village remains one of the oldest hubs of Christianity situated north of the Orange River.

Campbell covers an area of just over 78 square kilometres, making it a small town on the Ghaap Plateau lip. It is situated in the Knovel Vallei valley, surrounded by spectacular dolomite mountains and Wild Olive orchards. These make for breath-taking vistas that are quite unforgettable, as well as excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. There are also a number of springs, which are always a delight to visit.

The town of Campbell itself boasts a number of historical buildings, each of which adds to the charm and character of the region. Traditional Africa meets colonial nostalgia in the streets and architecture of Campbell.

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