Colesberg is a traveller's oasis and on the main Cape Town to Johannesburg route (the N1 Freeway). The town lies in typical Karoo veld and is surrounded by koppies and flanked by the famous Coleskop which can be seen from a distance of 40km. Early traveller's called it “Toverberg” (“Magic Mountain”) as it appears to get no closer. Colesberg was established as a town in 1822 and was named after Sir Lowry Cole. In sheep-farming area Colesberg breeds many of the country's top Merinos. It is also known for producing outstanding racehorses and still has a few stud farms, including one owned by legendary golfer, Gary Player.
In Colesberg there are fourteen bed and breakfast accommodation establishments, twenty three Guest Farms, eleven Self Catering accommodation establishments, with two main Hotels and two Backpacker accommodation establishments.
Colesberg-Kemper Museum is one of many national monuments. Among it's exhibits is the Kemper Collection dating to the 1880's, Anglo Boer War photographs and artefacts, a 19th century toy collection and a Karoo Nomad photographic exhibition. The Anglican Church built in 1854 and designed by Sophia Gray( wife of Bishop Gray) and the Dutch Reformed Church built in 1863 are of the many original buildings still in pristine condition. Also to be seen is Schutz and de Jager Building, the oldest building in Colesberg and Horse and Mill one of the country’s last working horsemills. Other attractions close to Colesberg are the 9 388 ha Doornkloof Nature Reserve, it is located on the south-eastern banks of the Vanderkloof, Gariep Dam where game viewing can be done in the reserve and an extensive range of watersport and a tour of the dam wall can be enjoyed. There are several hunting lodges in the area as well. Well marked mountain biking and hiking trails are open on many farms in the area.